Scotland's most populous city, Glasgow was a pioneering shipbuilding centre during the Industrial Revolution. Today, it is a thriving cosmopolitan cultural hub, and held the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
One of the city's most beloved attractions, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, opened in 1901 and exhibits thousands of outstanding works of art from Scottish and European artists. In fact, it is one of the most visited museums in Britain, and is housed in a stupendous Spanish Baroque sandstone building, built specifically for the Glasgow International Exhibition.
Founded by the influential Glasgow-born shipping merchant Sir William Burrell, who donated his special antique collection to the city in 1944, the Burrell Collection showcases more than 8,000 artefacts from the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance era. The gallery also has many art pieces from Asia, and overlooks the picturesque Pollok Country Park, an endearing recreational space.
Completed in the 12th century, the Scottish-Gothic Glasgow Cathedral is a spectacular pre-Reformation landmark that is now maintained by Historic Scotland. The building was enlarged in the 13th century, and was fortunate enough to survive demolition during the Protestant Reformation itself.
Designed in the Regency period, the Glasgow Botanic Gardens has an attractive arboretum and numerous photogenic glasshouses, and is known for its wonderful seasonal flower displays. Probably the most iconic sight here is Kibble Palace, which was built in wrought iron and benefited from a multi-million pound refurbishment in the 2000s.
Learn more about the role of science and technology in humanity by visiting the family-friendly Glasgow Science Centre, which has plenty of fun, interactive exhibitions and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011. The site, now considered to be one of the leading science exhibition venues in Europe, even has an IMAX Cinema and a state-of-the-art Science Mall where visitors can see dozens of fascinating scientific exhibits.
Glasgow is home to an extensive variety of restaurants serving all kinds of cuisines, although if you're after some mouthwatering, authentic Scottish food, you could dine at the Black Sheep Bistro or Tiffneys Steakhouse. For other divine local, British and European dishes, visit Cail Bruich, choose the Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery for some terrific seafood, or go to the Bella Vita restaurant for some delectable Italian recipes.
For relaxing city breaks in Glasgow, you could book a stay at the deluxe Blythswood Square hotel, the chic Radisson Blu Hotel, or the charismatic Hotel Indigo Glasgow. However, if you're looking for budget-friendly venues, you might want to try the Premier Inn Glasgow Pacific Quay or the Z Hotel Glasgow.