Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, has a rejuvenated and upbeat feel to it. Set on the banks of the River Clyde, the city has enjoyed a remarkable overhaul since the 1980s and is a bustling 21st century city. Visitors to Glasgow will soon realise how cultured and dynamic the place is, with lots to see and do for those travelling on a budget. There are many city centre attractions that are very reasonably priced and some great places to eat and drink on a shoestring.
Amongst the best things to see and do when visiting Glasgow is the Necropolis Cemetery which is located behind Glasgow’s impressive cathedral. Inspired by the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, walking through this atmospheric cemetery is worth doing due to the amazing assortment of crumbling gravestones, urns, catacombs and temples. Visitors are also rewarded with stunning views of the city and its landmarks including the Tennents brewery and the cathedral and is worth a visit by those on a budget.
Glasgow offers plenty to those interested in art. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is highly recommended and free to enter. There is a wide and often bizarre range of works of art and museum exhibits on display. For example there are priceless paintings from the Dutch artist Rembrandt, a World War II Spitfire suspended from roof, ancient Egyptian relics and suits of armour. Most visitors will find the selection of paintings the most interesting and the gallery also contains some works by Salvador Dali. The building is also a great example of early 19th century lavish architecture and it is well worth taking a look. For the small entry fee of £6.50 visitors can take a trip around Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art. In characteristic angular style, the building is wonderfully designed and the student-led tours of the building will illuminate Mackintosh’s designs in some of the most impressive rooms.
The River Clyde which runs through Glasgow was once the world’s main ship building centre and is responsible for much of Glasgow’s former glory. Despite years of neglect since the ship industry left Glasgow, the riverside buildings are once again alive with activity. The Glasgow Science Centre, an icon for the city’s forward thinking image, is well worth a visit. The centre proudly claims to be one of Glasgow’s top visitor attractions and presents concepts of science and technology in inspiring and innovative ways. Tickets are priced at less than ten pounds and it is worth taking a trip down to the riverside to gain an insight into Glasgow’s rich and industrious past. Whilst down at the riverside, it is also recommended that visitors take a trip on one of Glasgow’s best-loved treasures – the Waverley paddle steamer. Best enjoyed in the summer, this paddle steamer (the last seagoing vessel in the world) takes passengers on a cruise up and down the water to various ports on the Ayrshire coast. Based at the Glasgow Science centre, taking a trip on this elegant vessel is a great way to see Glasgow.
Restaurants and Eateries
Glasgow’s city centre has a great range of budget eating options. One of most highly regarded restaurants that also represents great value is Bothy, offering uniquely Scottish dishes that pay tribute to traditional local food. Bar 91 gives patrons the opportunity to people watch and serves excellent meals – It is great to visit in the summer when it is possible to sit outside and get a taste of Glasgow city living. The Wee Curry Shop’s offers homemade curries and it is highly regarded amongst locals, whilst Cafe Source (in the basement of St.Andrew’s in the Square – Glasgow’s second old church) serves Cheesecake with Orkney Fudge that is as heavenly as the setting.
For those seeking evening entertainment, Glasgow’s selection of bars, pubs and music venues rivals all other UK cities. King Tuts Wah Wah Hut hosts live music every night of the week and the Uisge Beatha gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a drink alongside stuffed animal heads and portraits of nobles. The Uisge Beatha offers a selection of 100 whiskies and there are four quirky rooms to choose from.
Glasgow offers a diverse and unique selection of fun activities for those who visit on a budget. The centre’s rich history and vibrant night life will appeal to many different sorts of people and it is worth a visit (or two).
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