Often referred to as the second capital of Scotland, Glasgow has much more to offer than Irn-Bru and Billy Connolly
Glasgow’s artistic history is not just on the street graffiti you might see sprayed onto the sides of railway bridges – its everywhere. From the detailed Victorian architecture around the cities buildings to the renowned Glasgow School of Art and influences of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work on windows and signage, it is actually a really pretty city – yep even on rainy days. Pay a visit to the gothic (maybe even a bit scary looking) Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Pollock Country Park, Gallery of Modern Art, the Burrell Collection for exhibitions and a step through Glasgow’s history of art throughout the ages.
Fancy a piece of live action rather than tuning into Sky Sports? The Old Firm greats of Celtic and Rangers football clubs have cult followings and attract maxed out audiences each weekend. If football is your thing, check out the SFA Football Museum at Hampden Park. Or if its not macho enough for you, Glasgow Warriors’ rugby camp in the leafy west end offer a great family day out with hospitality packages and fun events. If that’s still not got enough pace for you, the Braehad Clan ice hockey team based at the south-end of the River Clyde put on a thrilling show each Saturday – fast paced, physical and very competitive this isn’t for the fainthearted.
From up and comers on the music scene to grammy award-winning artists, Glasgow hosts them all. Travis, Belle and Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand are all famous Glasweigans who started their musical careers in the city – as did Manucian rockers, Oasis. Music is intertwined within the cities culture (hence the nickname Glasvegas) from buskers on Buchanan Street to the sound of bagpipes at a church wedding. Even MTV decided to gatecrash Glasgow for its European Music Awards in 2014 and the MOBO awards are now at home in Glasgow. If you don’t like crowds then be warned – expect a large turnout even at small gigs or 80,000 revellers at stadium gigs, no matter if the venue is the legendary King-Tut’s for some indie rock, folk at the Fruitmarket or of course the mellow Royal Concert Hall all attract big audiences. No matter what genre your into, you’ll be singing along at the top of your lungs.
Second to only London in the UK, Glasweigans are fortunate enough to have their own ‘style mile’ – a mile long fashion-lovers heaven and the best shops around. From catwalk brands such as Hugo Boss to Armani and Michael Kors, Glasgow boasts a cosmopolitan shopping scene. For that night out accessory, make-up or latest trainers and sports wear, you’ll find the most popular high street labels nestled in amongst the domiant House of Fraser department store on Buchanan Street. To step in out of the rain, St. Enoch’s, Princes Square and Buchanan Galleries shopping centres perched at opposite ends of the style mile all have household favourites such as Boots, H & M and Next.