Glasgow – Best of Scotland
The city of Glasgow is a major tourist destination in Scotland. This is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in United Kingdom and sprawls on the bank of River Clyde in Scotland's West Central Lowlands. The city is famed as being the second city of the British Empire after London and is famous for its historical, cultural and natural attractions. The history of the city dates back to prehistoric times and over the centuries it has been ruled by the Romans, Kingdom of Strathclyde and British among other. Today the city is home to more than 2.3 million people who speak English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic. This is the largest port city in Britain and ranks as the 57th most liveable city in the world. A prominent center of engineering, chemical and textile industry, Glasgow is illustrious for being among the main hubs of transatlantic trade with North America and the West Indies.
The city is currently served by 3 international airports - Glasgow Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Edinburgh International, all of which are located within 50 km from the city. All the flights coming to Glasgow land at either of the airport. Though the city is located in the northerly latitude, it experiences oceanic type of climate. The city has 4 distinct seasons – summer from June to August, autumn in September and October, winter from November till February and spring from March till May. During winter the temperature dips to as low as −12 °C and but snowfall is infrequent. During summer the weather is very pleasant and long dry heat spell is very rare. The month from April till October is the best time to plan a holiday in Glasgow. Celtic Connections Festival in January, Glasgow International Jazz Festival in June, Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival in March-April, 'Glasgow International' arts festival in April, Merchant City Festival in June, West End Festival in June and Edinburgh Festival in August are some of the many tourist festivals celebrated here.
Glasgow Cathedra is the landmark as well as the most historical attraction in the city, famed for its 12th century architecture. St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Zen Buddhist garden and Salvador Dali's Christ of Saint John of the Cross are the prominent attractions located close to the cathedral. George Square which is said to be the heart of the city is another major draw. A historic Victorian city center, it is filled with shops, unique cafes, designer stores and restaurants and is a popular place to hangout.
Glasgow School of Art and Mackintosh's Art Academy is the place to visit if you are interested in fine architecture. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum showcases some of the most prized collection of British and continental paintings like Van Gogh's Portrait of Alexander Reid. The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, located within the University of Glasgow is illustrious for its various historical displays. Riverside Museum and Tall Ship (award winning museum displaying exhibits from the city's former Transport Museum), Pollok House (a charming mansion spreading on 355 acres), Kibble Palace (largest glass house in Britain), Glasgow Green (oldest city park) and the People's Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens (displaying numerous Victorian sculptures) and The National Piping Centre and the Bagpipe Museum are the major attractions tourists should not miss exploring on their holidays in Glasgow.
Eating and Shopping
Fondly called as ‘Curry Capital of Britain’, the city is flooded with restaurant that specializes in cuisines from all over the world. Though the city is famous for being the home of culinary king, Gordon Ramsay, there are not Michelin star restaurants here. A city that is thriving with migrants, numerous Asian, Chinese, India, Italian, French, vegetarian; Mexican as well as European restaurants are commonly available. Scottish cuisine is the staple food of the local people and game, dairy, dish, fruits and vegetables are the chief features of traditional Scottish menu. Some of the local dishes of Glasgow include Sowans, Game soup, Carolam, Criffel, Crowdie, Cullen skink, Eyemouth pales, Apple Frushie, Blaeberry pie, Carrageen Moss, Howtowdie with Drappit eggs, Kilmeny Kail, Mince, Haggis and tatties. The city is also very popular for its nightlife and bars are the favorite meeting place of the local.
An upscale retail destination, Glasgow is one of the best shopping destinations in the country specializing in Scottish clothing, antiques and specialist hi-fi. The city is popular for housing the stores of the best brands from around the world. Plan a visit to Buchanan Street, which is the 7th most expensive place for retail space in the world and is a perfect place if you are brand conscious. If you are travelling on a budget then you should visit the Barras, which are traditional markets from where you can get similar-looking clothes at much lesser price. rgyle Street, Buchanan Street, Sauchiehall Street, Bath Street and Hope Street are the popular shopping destinations in Glasgow.
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