'Glasgow's Alive' - a city of remarkable transformation over the last 20 years or so into one of the most vibrant, welcoming, characterful, cosmopolitan cities in Western Europe. Glasgow city breaks are experiences never to be forgotten. Our visitor information guide to Glasgow showcases exciting things to do, super places to visit – and helps you travel around Glasgow and enjoy some great Glasgow city tours.
Glasgow city has been reborn as a centre of style and vitality set against a backdrop of outstanding Victorian architecture. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections, the best shopping in the United Kingdom outside London, and the most vibrant nightlife in Scotland. A must see is the Art Nouveau splendour of Scotland's best known architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose inimitable style adorns attractions such as The Lighthouse, Glasgow School of Art, and House for an Art Lover.
Galleries and museums are in abundance - most with free admission; including the world's first Museum of Religion, the renowned Burrell Collection, and the contemporary Gallery of Modern Art. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has now re-opened after a three year, £27.9m restoration. The new-look Kelvingrove has vastly increased space, fascinating new computer interactives and revolutionary ways of showcasing its art and artefacts featuring 35% more space to display its 8,000 objects - some for the first time.
And no visit is complete without experiencing the city's shopping with high street stores, designer labels, and speciality outlets to explore, with welcome pit-stops in the first class café culture around the Italian Centre, Merchant Square, or Gallery of Modern Art.
The city is home to Scottish Ballet, boasts a magnificent range of entertainment venues, including the SECC (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) and the Royal Concert Hall, and not least is deservedly proud of its wonderful awards as European City of Culture in 1990 and UK City of Architecture in 1999.