People make Glasgow – so the saying goes. And it's true, you'll struggle to find a warmer welcome.
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But Glasgow is also home to exquisite architecture, fascinating museums and a pulsating nightlife. With a live music and festival scene to rival any in the UK and the country's great wilderness on its doorstep, Glasgow has serious character.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Beyond the impressive Victorian red sandstone exterior is an eclectic mix of exhibits, from a Spitfire to Salvador Dali’s masterpiece Christ of St John of the Cross. Go at lunchtime for a soothing organ recital.
The vibrant Merchant City is packed with cool bars, restaurants and designer boutiques. Pride of place goes to the Gallery of Modern Art. Pose outside for a selfie next to the Duke of Wellington’s statue, with traffic cone permanently propped on his head – a symbol of the city and its sense of humour.
The People’s Palace
This social history museum tells of Glasgow’s people, from Sir Billy Connolly’s banana boots to harsh tenement life. The Winter Garden, a Victorian glasshouse, is next door to it and Templeton on the Green, a former carpet factory, is also close – its extraordinary exterior is based on the Doge’s Palace in St Mark’s Square in Venice.
A Victorian city of the dead – 50,000 souls rest beneath its 37 acres of garden and sculptures.
Modelled on Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, it includes more than 3,500 monuments, most with fascinating detail. The 12th-century Glasgow Cathedral is alongside, with one of the finest collections of stained glass windows in the country.
The Hunterian museum and art gallery
Scotland’s oldest museum, the Hunterian in the West End incorporates Mackintosh House, a recreation of the celebrated Glasgow architect’s home.
For a further taste of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s unique style, stop in at the Willow Tea Rooms (Buchanan Street), which hark back to when he designed a string of elegant tea rooms.