If you’re currently putting together a travel bucket list for life after lockdown, then Glasgow is definitely a city worth considering.
The history of Glasgow is a complex one. After experiencing a decline in the 70s and 80s due to the reduction in shipbuilding and mining, Glasgow has seen significant investment in recent years, undergoing a cultural renaissance. The city was named the European Capital of Culture in 1990 and the UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999.
In 2014 it played host to the Commonwealth Games. If you’ve never considered visiting Glasgow, here are a few reasons you might want to reconsider.
Museums & Galleries
Glasgow is home to an amazing collection of museums and art galleries, all of which are free to enter. The city holds the Burrell Collection, a huge collection curated by Sir William Burrell. It includes sculptures by Rodin, paintings by Degas.
The Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum featured over 8,000 items and over 20 themed galleries and includes works by Salvador Dali.
There are many more galleries to while away the hours in, viewing some of the best collections anywhere in the UK and exploring Glasgow’s connection to the river and its proud shipbuilding history.
The sporting heritage
You’ll not find a more passionate bunch of sporting enthusiasts than you will in Glasgow. In addition to the very successful football team, the city also hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games to great success, building on that sporting legacy ever since. If you’re wanting some local colours, head to the Rangers Store for the newest kit.
Glaswegians are well known for being some of the friendliest people you’ll meet. They always have a kind word for tourists and will happily talk away for hours, giving you the inside scoop on the hidden treasures to visit within Glasgow.
Many people wrongly assume that most of the great cultural organisations are based in Edinburgh. However, Glasgow is home to a range of great cultural treasures such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the National Theatre of Scotland. If that’s not enough to satisfy your curiosity for culture, then we don’t know what is.
The Historical Attractions
The city is full of buildings of historical significance, the crowning glory of which is the spectacular Gothic Cathedral. You can take a tour of the cathedral which was described by author Sir Walter Scott in Rob Roy.
Near the cathedral is the imposing Necropolis hillside cemetery. The Necropolis offers unrivalled views across the city.
Just a few miles away is the Univerisity of Glasgow, one of the oldest universities in the world which can most recently be seen as part of the location shooting for the show Outlander.
Like most people, you probably dreaming of all the places you’ll go and things you’ll do once lockdown ends. While it’s tempting to head for warmer climates, don’t forget the hidden gems hidden right on your doorstep here in the UK.