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Glasgow School of Art
Just as Barcelona boasts a special relationship with Gaudi, Glasgow’s most famous architectural export is Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Considered to be a father of modernism, Mackintosh created many iconic buildings including the current home of the Glasgow School of Art which is widely judged to be his finest work.
Guided tours of the interior introduce visitors to a stunning space, the highlight of which is the wonderfully atmospheric library. This is one of Glasgow’s top attractions and definitely something that should be on your ‘things to do’ list.
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Chances are there will be a big-ticket performance at the Royal Concert Hall when you visit gorgeous Glasgow. Trains to Glasgow bring thousands tourists, who come from far and wide to see famous names such as BB King, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey who are among a long list of acts to have played here and there are plenty of rock, pop and jazz gigs on the listings guide for the months ahead.The hall is also the base for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and frequently hosts classical performances from touring musicians.
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A busy place of worship, Glasgow’s cathedral is a quite spectacular building and with that it’s one of the city’s top attractions. One highlight is the exquisite white ceiling of the Blackadder Aisle.Right next door is the baronial St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, widely believed to be the first visitor attraction in the world dedicated to celebrating all religions.
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With fine glasshouses full of rare plants and surrounding greenery, the Botanic Gardens provide a tranquil setting for a welcome change of pace in Glasgow. Just a few minutes from the bustle of the city, this is a great place to set off on a walk by the riverside and through woodland. Life here moves at a more gentle pace - just ask the locals practising tai chi in the grounds if you don’t believe us...
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One of Europe’s most beautiful buildings, Kelvingrove is home to a spectacular art gallery and museum. It’s without doubt one of the top attractions in Glasgow. Exhibits include Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross and visitors can enjoy a rolling programme of family-friendly events including toddler days. From Dutch Old Masters to French Impressionists, dinosaur bones to Egyptian artefacts there’s plenty to see here. And, best of all, it’s free.
The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour
Takes the whole family back in time to the glory days of Clyde shipbuilding, on an old lady of the sea, first launched in 1896.
We hope you've got the energy for this array of projects, exhibitions and interactive games across 6 floors at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. (If you haven't, the rooftop cafe/bar is amazing.)
Glasgow Film Festival
Consider yourself a film fanatic? Check out the Glasgow Film Festival which takes place every year in various venues around the city. More information can be found here.
Standing in the heart of Glasgow flaunting its extravagant exterior is the seat of local government. Take the guided tour, it's even more opulent on the inside!
The Riverside Museum
This museum has something to interest everyone from children to the contemporary art lovers, and is now the new home for Glasgow’s transport collection.Buy tickets