UK Travel Guide




GLASGOW , Scotland’s largest city built its wealth in the 18th century through the tobacco, sugar and cotton trade. With its Victorian skyline, red sandstone buildings, beautiful architecture and very friendly Glaswegians it should be on your list of places to visit. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the well known architects and creative designers has to be credited with the Glasgow School of Art and the Willow Tearoom whilst Alexander Thomson displays his architectural feats in the West End and South Side. There is a plethora of museums and galleries, 20 in all, Pollock House with the well known and unique Burrell Collection containing more than 8000 exhibits ranging from works from Rodin and Degas. The Gallery of Modern Art is located in the former home of a wealthy tobacco dealer. The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture & Design, offers interesting exhibitions with conference facilities. Visit the People’s Palace, the story of Glasgow from 1750 to present day, the Glasgow Science Centre with its 120 seat planetarium and 100m rotating Glasgow Tower and Scotland’s only IMAX Theatre. For the football fans the Scottish Football Museum and a tour of Hampden Park. The name Glasgow is derived from the Gaelic “Ghlaschu” which means “dear green place” and with the number of gardens and parks situated in and around Glasgow you can understand why. The glass houses of the Botanic Gardens containing fabulous collections of orchids and other tropical plants whilst Pollock Park has superb gardens and woodland combined with the Burrell Collection housed in Pollock House. The Museum of Transport has a fine selection of trains, trams, buses and vintage cars whilst across the road at the Art Gallery & Museum, Kelvingrove the mummies, elephants and dinosaurs delight all the family.