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Thursday 23rd of July 2015
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is internationally renowned, and houses one of Europe’s great art collections. It is amongst the top free-to-enter visitor attractions in Scotland, and is also one of the most-visited museums in the United Kingdom outside of London. Kelvingrove’s collections are displayed in 22 state-of-the-art galleries, and include superb paintings and sculptures, silver and ceramics, European armour, weapons and firearms, clothing and furniture. Visitors can explore the natural history of Scotland in depth, and there are displays of relics from Scotland’s history and prehistory. For more information and a list of exhibitions, click here.
Pollok Country Park
Located in the southwest of the city limits, just 3 miles from the city centre, lies Pollok Country Park – a luscious, beautifully-rendered green space which provides an oasis of calm for those seeking a short break from the hubbub of the busy town centre. The parkland and house was gifted to the City of Glasgow in 1966 by the distinguished Maxwell Family, and has been enjoyed by millions ever since. As well as the beautiful surroundings of the park’s plants and flowers, Pollok features beautifully quaint walkways, impressive topiary, and stunning architecture throughout. A truly magnificent park, perfect for a stroll on a bright summer’s day.
Glasgow Science Centre
For those with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions, and aims to present concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways. The site features exhibitions and interactive displays that will appeal to all ages, and covers everything from electric engineering to cryptography. The futuristic building is located right in the centre of Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde, just a short walk from the Ibrox stadium, home of Rangers FC. For more information, and a full list of events and exhibitions, visit the centre’s official website.
For those whose tastes are a little more serene, the nearby village of Strathblane is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Glasgow City Centre. With a population of just 1800, Strathblane is set in the beautiful surroundings of Strathblane Valley, at the foot of the Campsie Fells and Strathblane Hills. This picturesque village boasts stunning views of the Caledonian countryside, and is a must for ramblers. Local landmark Dumgoyne Hill, visible from Glasgow, is accessible for walks through Strathblane. Slightly further up the valley from Strathblane lies the nearby Glengoyne distillery, which offers guided tours to visitors.
With a seemingly endless stock of restaurants, bars, and high-end retail outlets, Buchanan Street is something of a one-stop shop for those looking for that ’big city’ experience. Every high street mainstay you’d expect of such a cosmopolitan city is present, along with a few welcome surprises, and the stunning architecture and vibrant atmosphere gives Buchanan Street a quintessentially Glaswegian feel. At night, the area takes on a life of its own, and is a perfect opportunity to sample Glasgow’s famous nightlife.