The proud host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland and is the home of the largest public reference library in Europe, the Mitchell Library. The city, which is also the third-largest in the United Kingdom, became a powerful engineering and shipbuilding centre in the industrial era, producing many of the country's most famous vessels.
Stay at the opulent Grand Central Hotel, which offers spacious, deluxe accommodation and is adjacent to Glasgow Central railway station and close to the magnificent Royal Exchange Square. The majestic Blythswood Square hotel is another highly regarded romantic-themed hotel, overlooking the handsome Georgian-themed Blythswood Square and within walking distance to many of Glasgow's trendiest bars.
The Menzies Glasgow Hotel, near the vast River Clyde, is a more affordable option, while the sophisticated Carlton George Hotel is perfect for people looking for quick access to photogenic George Square and the beloved Gallery of Modern Art. Other sought-after, romantic Glasgow city centre hotels include the charming Park Inn by Radisson and the Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre – George Square.
For impeccable value for money, you could book accommodation at the Ibis Glasgow City Centre, which provides comfortable rooms and is a short distance from Glasgow Charing Cross railway station. Alternatively, you could choose the well-presented Travelodge Glasgow Central Hotel, which is also close to plenty of great bars and restaurants, and just a short distance from George Square.
If you want to be near the renowned The People's Palace & Winter Garden, consider staying at the Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre South Hotel, on the edge of the city centre. Another very conveniently located hotel is the stylish Z Hotel, which is adjacent to George Square and the Glasgow City Chambers, and in walking distance to the Gallery of Modern Art.
If you're a lover of delicious local, British and European dishes, you could dine at the Cail Bruich restaurant, head to the Black Sheep Bistro for other divine Scottish recipes, or try the Celino’s restaurant for some wonderful Italian classics and fabulous seafood. The Koolba restaurant is also famed for its excellent Indian and Persian cuisine, while the Cubatas Tapas Bar & Restaurant and the Malaga Tapas provide delightful Spanish-inspired dishes.
Spend some time at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which has many intriguing European art collections, or enjoy a pleasant stroll in the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The city is also home to an outstanding antique exhibition at the Burrell Collection, and is overlooked by the beautifully preserved Glasgow Cathedral, which was founded more than 800 years ago.