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Holidays in Glasgow

A fascinating, vibrant place and the largest city in Scotland

View over Glasgow

Imposing architecture, a cosmopolitan centre and a rich heritage create a unique atmosphere in Scotland's largest city, Glasgow.

This fascinating city is brimming with culture, providing a hub for arts, theatre and music to thrive. While the West End is renowned for its unique eateries, music venues and buzzing nightlife, the East End is at Glasgow's ancient heart and offers a slice of history.

Museums and galleries can be found throughout the city. Art lovers, be sure to visit the Gallery of Modern Art, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and The Lighthouse.

For theatre buffs, Glasgow is a hub for live performances, with notable venues including The Pavilion Theatre, King's Theatre and the Oran Mor.

Glasgow at night

The city is also home to some notable music festivals, including Glasgow Jazz Festival, Glasgow Music Festival and Celtic Connections. The Oran Mor can be found in the West End and is a thriving arts and entertainment venue. Complete with a decadent whisky bar, restaurant, night club and a beautiful auditorium, this lively building is a must-see if you're visiting the area. Glasgow's West End is also home to renowned bar, Lebowski's. Themed around the Coen Brother's cult film, The Big Lebowski, this incredible bar has 28 White Russian cocktails to choose from.

While visiting this vibrant city, why not indulge in some retail therapy? A range of high street shops and independent boutiques line the streets of Glasgow and its commercial centre, George Square. Be sure to visit Buchanan Galleries, the city's newest shopping centre. In the West End, explore the lanes and arcades to find some hidden treasures. Glasgow's East End is also a sight to behold. Beginning at the city's ancient heart, the East End is home to the city's most popular weekend market and legendary dancing venue, Barrowland Ballroom.

If you're seeking a scenic stroll, take a walk around Glasgow Botanic Gardens. This tranquil arboretum and park features several glasshouses, including the Kibble Palace. Alternatively, visit Glasgow Green, the city's oldest park. It's within walking distance of the city centre, perfect for stopping with a picnic.

Glasgow is packed full of unique bars and eateries. For dinner, you'll be spoiled for choice. Ubiquitous Chip is a popular choice. Serving delectable dishes with a strong Scottish influence, it's not hard to see why this quirky restaurant is a favourite. Try the Shetland cod fillet or guinea fowl breast.

“This fascinating city is brimming with culture, providing a hub for arts, theatre and music to thrive.”

For a more relaxed dining experience, Old Salty's traditional chip shop and cafe serves big portions of high quality seafood dishes and even offers hearty Scottish classics such as haggis and black pudding.

If you're venturing out of the city, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is just 45 minutes from Glasgow and the historic city of Edinburgh is an hour away.

While you’re there

Glasgow Science Centre

Home to Scotland's biggest-screen IMAX cinema, this is one of Glasgow's most popular attractions.

Titan Clydebank

Enjoy the views from one of Scotland's most unique attractions.

The Tall Ship at Riverside

Explore the 19th-century Glenlee ship and discover her interesting past.

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