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A fantastic rejuvenation effort has seen Scotland’s biggest city become its liveliest, edgiest and most dazzlingly dynamic, an ever-changing culture capital set on the mighty River Clyde. From the stately Victorian terraces and promenades to the imposing grandeur of its gothic cathedral, Glasgow city breaks have a lot to offer. Historical monuments jostle for space with trendy bars, unique boutiques hide around every corner and a flourishing arts, culture and music scene is evident.
With a huge range of accommodation available, Glasgow holidays can be tailored to any budget – splash out on nights at sleek and futuristic five-star hotels, or find comfortable accommodation in the heart of town. Stretching along the north bank of the Clyde, the city centre is where the Victorian bombast of the Merchant City is now mixed with bohemian bars and clubs. If you’re looking for something quieter, the genteel West End is filled with galleries and is home to the Botanic Gardens, and provides you with a quiet place to rest your head. If you find yourself yearning for fresh air and open spaces, you can bask in the greenery on Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest park, and pop in for a cheeky pint at the nearby micro-brewery.
A Glasgow city break offers real diversity – there’s so much to see and do, from the conventional to the downright strange. The historic centre is practically overflowing with museums, art galleries and knock-out architecture – the stately white Gallery of Modern Art is a stunning monument in itself with its regal neoclassical pillars, but also houses some of the most exciting exhibitions outside London. The Provand’s Lordship is Glasgow’s only remaining house from the middle ages, and has been turned into a fascinating showcase of what medieval life was like, while kids will love the fun and educational Glasgow Science Centre that brings things bang up to date.
Glasgow has got it covered for visitors who want to indulge in some serious retail therapy, too: it’s the biggest and best shopping hub outside London, boasting everything from, bargains and bric-a-brac to designer labels and haute couture. Come sundown, the legendary nightlife is electric, and the city can lay claim to some of the UK’s most raved about clubs and venues – Jamaica Street’s Sub Club is a consistently ranked as one of the best in the world.
There’s also always something for the football fans with the fantastic rivalry between Celtic and Rangers. Plan your Glasgow holiday accordingly and get yourself a seat in the football stadium. While chillier in winter, Glasgow is great year-round destination, although most attractions have extended opening hours during the warmer summer months.
Thistle Glasgow Hotel
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