Based to the West of Edinburgh in the Lowlands of Scotland, Glasgow is a popular city for a holiday break. It has a wide range of things on offer and here we explain some of what you need to know.
Are you looking for city breaks in Glasgow for something a little different? A beautiful country, Scotland is full of stunning environmental features from mountains in the Scottish Highlands to the tranquillity of Loch Lomond. Located in the west central lowlands in the heart of Scotland, Glasgow is well-placed for visitors to enjoy the charms of the city and the surrounding countryside.
Somewhat in the shadow of rival city Edinburgh as Scotland’s second city, Glasgow is full of interesting attractions of its own for tourists to enjoy and is the host of many vibrant festivals.
In the current economic recession a holiday represents a big expense for a lot of people, but thanks to the many budget hotels in Glasgow a trip to the second Scottish city doesn’t have to break the bank. Hotels such as the Victorian House Hotel, a comfortable two star that located in the centre of Glasgow near the Centre for Contemporary Art, is one of many good value accommodations that can be found in Glasgow. There are dozens of hotels in Glasgow from which visitors can explore the attractions and sights that this city has to offer.
So once in Glasgow, how do you get about. Walking is great for the central activities and sights, but what about the need for onward or further travel across the city? An integrated transport system makes travelling around Glasgow easy, and bus sightseeing tours are available for those tourists looking for a general overview of the city.
One of the best ways to investigate Glasgow is by walking around the city and in the mean time taking in the sublime architecture that is found throughout the city.
Glasgow has a long heritage and is home to a number of cultural attractions that make the city an ideal destination for all culture vultures. A number of museums are located around Glasgow, including the Scottish Football Museum that gives an insight into the history of Scottish football and is a must-visit attraction for all football fans alongside the Hampden Experience, as well as visits to local football stadiums Ibrox and Celtic Park.
Glasgow is home to over a dozen museums that include everything from the Museum of Transport that features many exhibitions on trains and ships, to the National Museum of piping. The latter also becomes an important place in the annual Glasgow International Piping Festival that features some of the biggest names in Scottish piping.
A view of Glasgow can be achieved from many buildings within the city, and The Lighthouse is a great place to relax and enjoy a panoramic view. The centre for architecture, design and the city, The Lighthouse features exhibitions on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a famous Glaswegian architect who also designed the Willow Tea Rooms and the House For An Art Lover, that are two of many other Glasgow attractions.
Glasgow hosts many festivals each year and during these periods Glasgow hotels become highly sought after. From Celtic Connections, a winter music festival, to the Glasgow Film Festival that celebrates Glaswegian’s passion for film and similarly the film industry’s love of Glasgow the city.
A good time can be had at each of the festivals and there is plenty of variety available for tourists to book a holiday during a festival that interests them and experience a certain festival as part of a cultural holiday to Glasgow.