Glasgow is one of Europe's most important cultural centres, a heady mix of grand Victorian and sensuous art nouveau, and wonderful museums, galleries and concert halls.
House for an Art Lover, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
For lovers of architecture, the city has a concentration of art nouveau masterpieces
by design genius Charles Rennie Mackintosh, such as the House
for an Art Lover, with a permanent exhibition of decorative
rooms; the Glasgow School of Art and the
Lighthouse, housing varied exhibitions and featuring the award
winning Mackintosh Centre.
There is also
cathedral, and many stunning contemporary buildings including the
Clyde Auditorium, and a plethora
of fine Victorian edifices. Visitors can take in much of all this
by sampling the panoramic view of the city afforded from the top
of the Lighthouse.
public art collections are among the best in Europe most
offer free admission -- and include the Burrell collection, housed in an award-winning
building in Pollok Country Park, and the Gallery of Modern Art,
set in the neo-classical elegance of the former Royal Exchange.
Ancient stained glass is preserved and on view at the Burrell Collection, Glasgow.
The Art Gallery
and Museum at Kelvingrove reopened following refurbishment in 2006.
During the renovations, the best of the collection was on show at
Galleries, including works by Botticelli, Turner, Rembrandt,
Reubens, Mackintosh and Whistler. Until the end of 2003, there was
a city-wide range of events to mark the centenary of Whistler's
death with highlights including a loan from the Musée d'Orsay
in Paris to the Hunterian
Art Gallery of the artist's famous portrait of his mother.
Glasgow's compact city centre, underground railway and grid-like street layout make it easy to navigate.
Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium,
dubbed "The Armadillo."
Large shopping malls such as the Buchanan Galleries and the St Enoch Centre are just a short stroll from the elegance of the Italian Centre and
Princes Square, as well as the speciality shops of the Merchant City.
The mews and lanes of
the city's bohemian West-End are a treasure-trove for anyone hunting antiques, rare books
and individual pieces of jewellery and crafts.
With its own international airport and
direct rail and motorway links with the rest of Britain, Glasgow is easy to reach. It is also
an excellent gateway to the rest of Scotland by rail and road: along the bonnie'
banks of the River Clyde; to Loch Lomond, the country's first national park; or deeper
into the heather-clad Highlands.