A year-round travel destination and Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is a cultural epicentre and magnet for creatives. Here, we highlight 10 (out of the many reasons) why everyone should jump on the Glasgow bandwagon.
Music resonates throughout the city
As UNESCO City Of Music and general creative hotbed, Glasgow definitely lives up to its musical reputation. From King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and independent local gems, to restaurants hosting live impromptu acoustic sessions, the city is a platform for both emerging musicians and established artists. Edgy or classical, chilled or mad, the bouncing music venues cannot help but captivate every traveller who visits them. And the stellar selection of musical-related action only adds to Glasgow’s insanely brilliant nightlife.
Glasgow is home to some of the greatest people out there
There are free attractions to entertain you for days on end
Seriously. From the Doctor Who tour and GoMA, to Riverside Museum and the Botanics, Glasgow’s free attractions really are the gift that just keeps on giving. And when you think you’ve experienced them all, more free attractions seem to pop up! Thank you Glasgow.
The eclectic architecture is both striking and impressive
Glasgow truly is a playground for budding architecture aficionados. You can be admiring a medieval edifice dating back to 1471 one moment, then soaking up the iconic ‘Glasgow Style’ designs the next, and then find yourself infatuated with a futuristic architectural Zaha Hadid-designed masterpiece just a few brief moments later. Add the sensational selection of Victorian and Art Nouveau buildings to the mix and you really are spoilt for choice.
The gastronomic scene is unrivalled
The superlative food scene in Glasgow is the stuff of dreams. Using the finest ingredients from the fresh larder of Scotland, the restaurants cover everything from fusion and Scottish, to Indian, Vietnamese and Italian, and any other kind of cuisine imaginable, for that matter. Whether you are on a budget or have a bulging wallet, foodies can expect to embark on a culinary tour of the world’s greatest dishes, all served with a sprinkling of Scottish charm.
And it’s a braw place for a spot of serious shopping too
Whether rummaging the rails for granny chic pre-loved vintage cardis, tending to that secret Scotland obsession with purchasing tartan trews, or going to town at the high-end luxury stores, Glasgow is hands down the best place in Scotland for shopping. The list of diverse retail shops is as long as the infamous ‘Style Mile’ itself.
There’s plenty of fun for the whole family
Whether you liken your clan to a modern day Brady Bunch or Addams Family, Glasgow caters to all kinds of folks. With plenty of parks, visitor attractions, fab hotels and endless things to do, it’s safe to say that this is a family-friendly city perfectly suited to all generations. From educational endeavours to laid-back loungings, there’s room for everyone.
Then again, it’s also the perfect place for solo travellers
Offering the best of both worlds, Glasgow is also a great place when searching for a dose of solo serenity. The stunning art galleries, museums and music venues call out for exploring, while there’s no such rule stating you can’t dine in the best foodie landmarks alone! The multifaceted nature of the city is inviting, and certainly makes it easy for solo travellers to find their way while having a blast.
A bucket load of museums and art galleries add to the fun
Whether you’re a football fanatic or avid anthropologist, Glasgow boasts cabinets upon cabinets of curiosities. From housing one of the greatest civic art collections in Europe, to museums about transport, religion, the city’s people and football, the city has a surprising number of museums covering a vast array of genres. Oh, and art in all forms frequents a myriad of galleries, collections, venues, coffee houses and even the streets.
Football is HUGE
Less of a sport and more of a way of life, football and its colourful local heritage is very much ingrained into the Glasgow social psyche. The age-old rivalry between Glasgow teams Rangers FC and Celtic FC adds to the suspense and atmosphere when a match is on. From touring the famous Hampden Park and investigating the football museum, to sipping football related craft beer ‘Hampden Roar’ at the Clockwork Beer Co., Glasgow is the perfect destination for football fans eager for some epic sporting excitement.
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