Rail Breaks to Glasgow
The history of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, is rich and diverse. In its 1400 years of history, Glasgow has been a religious community, a salmon fishing village, a medieval university town, a major centre of trade with North America and the second city of the British Empire, famed for its shipbuilding and engineering.
Today Glasgow has reinvented itself as one of Europe’s foremost visitor destinations. The extraordinary vitality that once made Scotland’s largest city a powerhouse of industry has found new outlets in art and design, theatre, music and museums.
Considered by experts as Britain’s finest Victorian city, you will find breathtaking architecture throughout the city. Seek out the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who led the Art Nouveau movement in Scotland, and his fellow architect Alexander “Greek” Thomson.
The River Clyde
Home to several of Glasgow’s oldest attractions, including the Provand’s Lordship, which dates from 1471 and Glasgow Cathedral, a medieval masterpiece built in the 1200s to commemorate St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint.
Once an industrial centre where around a fifth of the World’s ships were built, the River Clyde is now an area of relaxation and entertainment. The Hydro and SEC complex is the venue for headline concerts, exhibitions and events while, upstream, sprawling Glasgow Green is Britain’s oldest “public park.”
Glasgow is a city with its own unique style, reflected in its modern retail centres and designer-label shops. The Style Mile links the city’s main shopping streets, making it easy to enjoy some retail therapy during your visit.
As you might expect from a city that is a past winner of the UNESCO City of Music title, Glasgow has a vibrant music scene featuring everything from “open mike” events to concerts by world-acclaimed artists and orchestras. The city is home to two symphony orchestras as well as the national opera and ballet companies.
When it comes to food, Glasgow is a real foodie destination with a diverse array of eateries and restaurants covering all culinary tastes. Many restaurants are located in grand public buildings, offering a unique dining experience.
Glasgow Botanical Gardens – visit the ornate Kibble Palace glasshouse filled with precious statues and tropical plants
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – the jewel in Glasgow’s crown offers 22 galleries exhibiting everything from Dutch Masters to dinosaurs
Pollok Country Park – located in the city’s south-side, this extensive park contains the world-famous Burrell Collection, Pollok House and a herd of shaggy Highland Cattle.
Riverside Museum – this fascinating museum overlooks the River Clyde and tells the story of travel and transport through exciting and interactive displays
The Mural Trail – discover colourful street art and towering murals throughout the city centre
The Tenement House – step back in time to discover a traditional home of the early 1900s