Glasgow is one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan destinations in Europe. The city has been reborn as a centre of style and vitality set against a backdrop of outstanding Victorian architecture. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections, the best shopping in the United Kingdom outside London, and the most vibrant and exciting nightlife in Scotland. A must see is the splendour of Scotland’s best know architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose style adorns many unique attractions throughout Scotland’s largest and greatest city.
Glasgow is the second largest shopping centre in UK. You can shop at many major UK high street stores, smaller boutique, department stores and a wide variety of specialty shop, including craft and antique to suit every taste and interest. The city centre has three pedestrianised main thorough fares Saucier Hall Street, which features, among other things, pre-Christmas stalls, stands and an outdoor market. Other than that Argyle Street running parallel to each other and joined by Buchanan Street which runs from north and south. Along these main streets are shopping malls such as Saucier Hall Street, the Buchanan Galleries, the stylish and hip Princes Square, the St Enoch Center, and the bright and sunny atriums of the Argyle Arcade. There is also the weekend Barras market, located in the in the city’s east end and a stone’s throw south from St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Away from the city centre you have the convenience of the Parkhead Forge mall, Glasgow Fort shopping park and the Silverburn mall. Heading towards the city’s West End, you will also find smaller boutique and specialized shops, including an interesting array of antique a craft shops, designer home ware boutique, clothing shops and vintage record stores.
Glasgow means dear place green, recognizing the fact that Glasgow has over 70 parks and open spaces, more than any other city its size. Many of them contain some of the city’s main galleries and attractions, facilities for recreational activities, and many fine examples of Victorians sculpture. Among their features are such as the exotic Victorian Kibble Palace in Botanic Gardens. It now contains a fine collection of exotic tree ferns, which was started in 1881. In January 1999, a giant Spear Lily (Doryanthes palmary to the botanists) flowed for the first time in forty years in the glass house. The building also houses a collection of sculptures and nearby building in the park house a fine collection of orchids. Next the grand Winter Gardens on Glasgow Green. On the edge of Glasgow Green, the oldest public park in the city, there is a museum and cultural centre called the “People’s Palace” which opened in 1898. It is dedicated to the ordinary working people of Glasgow and has exhibits showing what life was like for Glaswegians in the past. At the rear of the building is huge Winter Garden, full of ferns and tropical plants. You can have a cup of coffee while admiring the lush vegetation and the elegant tracery of the ironwork. Other than that, Victoria Park’s Fossil Grove, have a fascinating display of fossilized tree trunks more than 300 million years old. The disused whinstone quarry has been turned into attractive rock garden and the whole area is surrounded by rhododendrons which provide even more color in springtime. Glasgow. Next the International Rose Garden in Tollcross Park, venue for the city’s annual International Rose Trials. The building is considerably smaller than the ones at Glasgow Green and Kelvingrove but they have packed in a large collection of flowering orchids, cacti, poinsettia and other colorful plants. Some of the most spectacular views of the city are Queens Park. The glass houses high in the centre of Queen’s Park on the south side of Glasgow, kept their moisture content high by having an artificial stream running through with goldfish to add to the interest. There are currently being refurbished.
Glasgow has over 20 wonderful museum and galleries, each with its own individual collection and events programmer, and all with free admission. They include the magnificent Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum in Kelvingrove, which houses the city’s principal collection of paintings, and is the Scotland’s most frequently visited free attraction. The side facing the main road outside is actually the rear of the building, as it was designed to have its frontage facing the river. The building is a typical product of the Victorian age (as are many of Glasgow’s fine buildings) with ornate, red stonework on the outside and twenty display galleries and two side courts grouped round an impressive central court. Next the Transport Museum, with its ever popular collection of Glasgow Trams, locomotives, an exact reconstruction of a 1930’s Glasgow streets, and the city’s new Museum of Football. The collection of cycles and motor bikes includes the world’s oldest surviving example is a pedal cycles. The museum has also recreated a Glasgow street of 1938 with period shop fronts, motor cars of the era parked on the cobbled street and a reconstruction of a Glasgow Underground Station. Walk-ways allow you to get close to the exhibits and in the case of some of the steam trains, to get right inside the driver’s cab. St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art, the UK’s only museum celebrating the world’s many religions. The only public museum to examine all the world’s major religious faiths is to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths or none. St Mungo’s Museum is the perfect place for children and adults to learn about other people’s religious beliefs and customs, and to explore the age-old themes of life, death and the hereafter.
You will not regret if choosing Glasgow in Scotland as a destination for your vacation. You not only can visit places of interest, but also can gain experience and excitement that cannot be over looked.