Glasgow, the largest of Scotland's cities, is packed with things to do and see. For art lovers, there is an abundance of places to visit such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Burrell Collection, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Glasgow School of Art. Fans of the Glaswegian artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh must take a tour of his rooms in the University exhibiting his furniture and works. Families enjoy the Science Centre, and the Hunterian Museum has something for everyone as it houses an eclectic collection of the weird and wonderful.
When the weather is fine, there are a few parks and botanical gardens to wander -- the Kelvingrove Park, with its river, play areas, squirrels and skate park, is a must-see. There is also the Glasgow Cathedral, the People's Palace and Tennent's Brewery to look around if there is time in the itinerary. As in any great city, the range of shops, restaurants and bars on offer caters for every taste and budget. Visitors really are spoilt for choice in Glasgow.
The pedestrianised Buchanan Street is just around the corner from Queen Street Station and is a haven for shoppers. Every different high street favourite can be found here, and in the neighbouring streets, there are designer stores and one-off boutiques as well. In fact, around 200 shops are in the area, most of which stay open until 7 pm or on Thursday nights 8 pm.
The city's dining scene has grown into a vibrant and exciting place to eat. Modern fine dining, traditional pub grub, Mexican food, Indian restaurants and burger bars are all on offer here. For extra special occasions, Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery and the Dakota Bar and Grill serve up top-quality fine dining. Pre-show menus are available too for theatre goers.
Stay in comfort in one of the many 4 star hotels in Glasgow. To stay right in the middle of things, book a hotel like the Doubletree Glasgow Central with an indoor pool, gym, restaurant and stylish bar. For views of the River Clyde, the Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City is a short walk from the Science Centre. This place has an award-winning restaurant and Apple iMac TVs in the rooms. The Malmaison is a hotel with a traditional Scottish feel -- decorated with tweeds and tartan, the place is cosy, comfortable and unforgettable.