Glasgow has long been an undiscovered gem of getaway destination, boasting an incredible array of cultural attractions, a vibrant nightlife and an intriguing history. For those looking for a location that’s a little different but still close to home, Glasgow may just be the perfect choice.
Easy access to the city’s delights through Glasgow airport is becoming ever more affordable and tourists are now visiting the city in ever-growing numbers. So what exactly is there to do during a holiday getaway to Glasgow?
Accommodation and Food
Glasgow is serviced by a large number of expensive and budget hotels, as well as cheaper hostels and is able to cater for every type of tourist. If you would rather have a friendlier and personal stay, you may want to try out one of Glasgow’s many bed and breakfast establishments – though these often aren’t located as centrally as the main hotels.
Contrary to popular opinion, Glasgow has an interesting, varied and high quality culinary scene. The city is home to a number of renowned restaurants and eateries and has become particularly famous for the quality of its curry houses, being voted ‘Curry Capital of Britain’ two years running.
Historically, Glasgow and the Clyde River area was famous for its ship building heritage, with many of the most well-known ships in the world beginning construction on the river banks. The Glenlee tall ship now stands as a monument and museum to this history and is a fantastic insight into the area’s past.
St Andrew’s Cathedral also acts as a beautiful reminder of the importance of religion to the area as well as the architectural ability of its inhabitants and is a beautiful location to visit. For those interested in the sporting legacy of the city, tours are available around both Rangers’ Ibrox and Celtic’s Celtic Park stadiums.
Glasgow has a lively and interesting nightlife that makes for a great night out no-matter the time of year or night of the week. With an incredible number of traditional Scottish pubs now supplemented by more and more up-market drinking and dining establishments, there’s something for everyone in Glasgow.
In some of the more expensive restaurants a strict dress code is enforced and football shirts are banned in most of the watering holes around the city so make sure you’re dressed appropriately for your night out and you shouldn’t have a problem.
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