At once buzzing, sophisticated and down-to-earth, Glasgow is a fascinating city to explore – a cutting-edge, cosmopolitan centre that is fiercely proud of its industrial roots. Known for its elegant Victorian architecture, vibrant nightlife and shopping and friendly, outgoing population, this is a destination that's brimming with energy – so book your hotel now and get set to experience the many sides of Scotland's largest city.
Aside from hosting the hugely successful 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow has also been recognised as a UNESCO City of Music and European City of Culture, Capital of Sport, and City of Architecture and Design – so there's truly something for every taste in this dynamic metropolis.
Start with a visit to one of Glasgow's many outstanding museums, such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – home to a bewildering array of artefacts encompassing everything from art, armour and archaeology to natural history and technology – and the Burrell Collection, where you'll find over 8,000 paintings, sculptures, antiquities and more.
Fans of contemporary art will enjoy perusing the Gallery of Modern Art, while history buffs should head to Provand's Lordship (one of the city's oldest buildings) and the People's Palace (which vividly depicts Glasgow's lively social history). Alternately, learn about the history of transport on the Clyde at the recently renovated Riverside Museum, or explore the interaction of faith and culture at St. Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art. There's even a Scottish Football Museum for sports lovers.
Glasgow is of course also known for its stunning array of architecture, ranging from the imposing medieval Glasgow Cathedral, to the many works of renowned Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which include the famous Glasgow School of Art, the House for an Art Lover, the Scotland Street School Museum and Willow Tea Rooms. The city also boasts an impressive collection of parks and green spaces – such as the Winter Gardens, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow Green and the Botanic Gardens – that are perfect for relaxing in the fresh air.
Those looking to explore a more contemporary side of the city can revel in the world-class shopping along Argyle, Buchanan and Sauchiehall Streets, or indulge in exquisite cuisine at the city's many excellent pubs and restaurants. Music lovers are spoilt for choice, as there's a huge selection of gigs and concerts every night at the city's diverse venues – from edgy bars and nightclubs, to grand concert halls. Glasgow is also home to some of the country's best theatre, with venues such as the Tron and the Citizen's Theatre gaining worldwide acclaim.
Ready to soak up some of Glasgow's infectious energy? Book your Glasgow hotel with Marriott today and get ready to delve into the city's thrilling attractions.