Glasgow rests on the banks of the River Clyde and is the largest city in Scotland. The city has previously been a European City of culture and as a result, has some excellent museums to explore. The city is also home to some fantastic shops, and arguably offers the best shopping experience outside of London. If you’re a music lover, the city is a brilliant place to visit as it is a member of the UNESCO City of Music initiative and has a great selection of concerts and opera on offer.
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Glasgow has a wonderful collection of museums and galleries for you to discover. One of the most famous art galleries is the Burrell Collection. Located in the Pollok Country Park on the south side of the city, the gallery was a gift from Sir William Burrell, a wealthy Glaswegian shipping magnate. The gallery has a fascinating and diverse collection of over 8,000 objects, which includes paintings by Degas and Cézanne.
Another gallery you won’t want to miss is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Located on Argyle Street, the collection is housed in a beautiful Spanish Baroque-style building and is home to one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world. The museum also has an excellent restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat after enjoying the collection.
Glasgow is a great place to visit if you’re a bit of a shopaholic. The main shopping area is known as the Golden Z and is made up of the pedestrian areas of Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street. The area has a fantastic collection of shops with Buchanan Street being the most upmarket and offering the most luxury brands.
A more unique shopping experience can be had at The Barras market in the East End. Open every Saturday and Sunday, the market has hundreds of stalls selling everything you can think of and more.
A great way to spend an evening in the city is with a visit to the theatre or opera, and Glasgow has an excellent selection to choose from. One of the oldest venues in the city is The Theatre Royal Glasgow which first opened in 1867. The theatre is home to both the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet. It has also hosted shows such as Bugsy Malone, Romeo and Juliet and East is East.