Glasgow, the third largest city in the UK, is bursting at the seams with budding independent bands, delectable international cuisine (the Italian food here is surprisingly "delizioso"), and thought-provoking art museums. Visitors on Glasgow holidays will be wowed by George Square, an ever-changing landscape with concerts and pop-up events. You just might hear the world's next hit rock band. After all, Glasgow's live music scene has produced the likes of Franz Ferdinand and Belle & Sebastian.
Architecture aficionados will appreciate Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Art Academy, a self-governing school and The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, will fill any further needs for Scottish baronial architecture or photos of Mackintosh’s sweet moustache. From there, take a short 15 minute walk before resting your feet with a picnic by the picturesque Doulton Fountain, the world's largest terra cotta fountain. The 14-metre high sculpture was built for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Next up, it's time to switch gears by checking out some old school vehicles at the Riverside Museum in the Finnieston district. You'll see trams, vintage cars, carriages and "Tall Ship," the only Clyde-built sailing ship in Britain.
Wotif’s Glasgow car hire options put even more fun at your fingertips. Head 6.5 km south of town to see Pollok House, an 18th century mansion that houses works of art by Goya, El Greco and William Blake. Need some fresh air? Take a breather at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, where you can see one of Britain's largest glass greenhouses.
You'll find excellent shopping on your Glasgow holiday in the 200 shops of the Style Mile near the city centre. Check out familiar retailers along Argyle Street and budget-friendly shops on Sauchiehall Street. If you're looking something more unique, you'll find that vintage shops are popular in Glasgow's Southside and West End. Complete the Scottish look by picking up some hand-made relics at the weekly craft market, held at Merchant Square in the Merchant City District.
Quench your post-shopping thirst with afternoon tea and appease your appetite with fish and chips. You'll find traditional UK specialties along with international cuisines like Thai, Turkish, French and Brazilian in Glasgow. In the Merchant City District, look for Merchant Square, which has tons of restaurants and bars under one roof.
Don't turn in just yet! Glasgow packages are your gateway to a music scene that’s not to be missed. The city's famous clubs on Sauchiehall Street, regularly host big name acts as well as local favourites. For a truly unique experience, head to the Britannia Panopticon, which not only has an awesome name but is the world's oldest surviving music hall, with performances and special events held regularly.
Mix and match Wotif’s budget-friendly flights and centrally located hotels to create the best Glasgow holiday packages. Wotif can also get you to other popular Scotland destinations—we suggest checking out our Edinburgh hotel packages to start. Saving money on Glasgow holiday deals will leave you with plenty to spend on shopping and sightseeing. So what are you waiting for? Book your trip with us today!
Don't want to have an ordinary trip away? Then it's time to have a go at something completely different! After all, it's those new experiences that make travelling the best.
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