Why you should go to Glasgow

Most visitors to Scotland often miss the cultural richness Glasgow has to offer by opting to divide their time between Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands, and their trips are no doubt the poorer for it. Scotland’s second city is that only in size, because when it comes to things to do, places to see and food to eat – Glasgow is up there with the best of them.

Glasgow city Chambers & War Memorial

Rich in architectural history thanks to its industrial heritage, Glasgow has become a Mecca for art and the arts. The museums and universities of the city strongly reflect this; alongside the School of Art you’ll find Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is home to one of biggest civic art collections in Europe. This free-to-enter museum is the most popular in the UK outside of London and The Gallery of Modern Art is found on Queen Street. The diverse wealth of architecture in the city also means there’s a great choice of places to stay, whether you are looking for a good quality hotel or a bespoke B&B.

Music has a big part to play on the Glasgow culture scene and is one of the factors that helped see it named European City of Culture in 1990. As well as being home to most of Scotland’s national organisations for the arts – including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra – it’s also been the breeding ground for big name bands including Primal Scream, Biffy Clyro, Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand and Belle & Sebastian.

Since 1990 (obviously a cultural year) King Tut’sWahWah Hut has played a strong part in bringing such talent to the fore and Colin MacIntyre, singer-songwriter from the Scottish Indie Band Mull Historical Society, is reported to have said : “[Y]ou haven’t made it unless you’ve played Tut’s.” If you are in Glasgow and in the mood for some live music or a good dance, this is always a safe bet, particularly as it has a live license that runs to 1am – far later than most of the live venues in Glasgow.

Glasgow is also a bit of a foodie haven, thanks to the docks bringing in plenty of fresh fish and the presence of some truly creative cookery talent. In addition to wealth of traditional food markets you will find a burgeoning restaurant community. Firmly at the top of the list of places to dine you should install Number 16. This award-winning culinary hotspot is situated in Glasgow’s West End and is small but perfectly formed.

The menu offers modern Scottish food and the venue is perfect for intimate special occasions and celebrations. Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery is another fine dining establishment that will impress with its satisfying portions and mix of Scottish and International cuisine. For value for money and excellent service, visitors should check out the cuisine at La Lanterna, a traditional Italian eatery that has been open for over 40 years.

Hopefully these suggestions have tickled your tastebuds and got you reaching for your guide book ready to plan your own holiday in Glasgow.

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