Chockablock full of entertaining museums, family-friendly sites, and topped off with a sprinkle of ancient landmarks, Glasgow is certainly a destination not to be missed. Once visitors arrive into the United Kingdom, or even Europe for that matter, it is nothing more than a hop, skip or jump to reach Scotland’s largest town.
There are two busy airports located in and around the city of Glasgow. For most international tourists, the Glasgow International Airport will be the point of arrival and departure. However, Prestwick International Airport, situated more than 45kms from the city of Glasgow, also offers to process flights for Glasgow-bound travellers. A Glasgow hotel can be found around every corner in the city, so accommodation is usually not a problem.
Culture and architecture are two of Glasgow’s strongest tourist points. No other city in the United Kingdom can match its magnificence in these regards. The architecture in Glasgow is second to none, and with its large range of architectural attractions, the city will keep visitors occupied for days on end. One of the most stunning sites in the city is the Mitchell Library. Built by the famous merchant, Stephen Mitchell, this enormous public library contains a wonderful exterior, and an even more breathtaking interior. There are more than a million different books found in the library today, and this statistic is constantly on the rise. In addition to the Mitchell Library, visitors can also visit the Glasgow University. Some of the university was built before the 14th century, but most of what visitors view today on tours is the later buildings, built in the mid-1800’s. The Gothic architecture of Glasgow Cathedral is an unmistakable marvel that dominates the skyline of the city. Upon the grounds of the cathedral, which was built by St Mungo, lays a necropolis that is also quite popular among visitors. For a more modern look at Glasgow architecture, the Clyde Auditorium is a reminder that not all sites in the city are centuries old. Commonly called, ‘the Armadillo’ by many Glaswegians, this modern marvel is similar is design to the Sydney Opera House.
In addition to architecture, Glasgow boasts a large number of parks throughout the cityscape. Pollock’s Country Park is one of the most renowned parks in Scotland, and has been awarded multiple prizes for its grandeur on a European scale. It is home to the Pollock Estate, and contains a large area of greens, knolls, and gardens. Bellahouston Park is home to the popular House for an Art Lover, and Queen’s Park is also a beautiful spot to watch the afternoon glide by.
Museums in Glasgow are like beaches in Fiji…they are literally everywhere. So, why not spend a day or two (possibly three!) venturing around the city, taking in the sites of the museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery is a favourite among locals, and it doesn’t take long for newcomers to feel the same way. The Gallery of Modern Art is home to a large collection of artwork, both old and new. Art displays in the GoM come from all over the globe. The Museum of Transport is a very popular attraction in Glasgow, welcoming half a million people per year. Take a look back at the history of transport in the United Kingdom, and while you are there, take a look forward into the future too! Finally, the Science Museum and Centre is an excellent place to keep tourists of all ages happy. Interactive themes, an IMAX theatre, and much more can be experienced at the science centre, so why not make a day of it, or at least a few hours.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Glasgow Hotel content.