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Top Historic Buildings – Glasgow

Glasgow City Centre is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful architecture. Once the centre of Britain’s affluent shipbuilding and trade industries, Glasgow flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries as the Industrial Revolution swept across the country. Glasgow’s rich cultural legacy means that the city is famed for its rich Victorian and art-nouveau architecture. Pick up your Glasgow city hire car from our Glasgow City Centre branch and visit some of the city’s best love historic buildings.

1. Grand Central Hotel

The Grand Central Hotel is one of Glasgow’s most iconic hotels, and forms the facade of Glasgow’s central train station. Designed by Robert Rowland Anderson in 1884 in a Queen Anne Style, the building is comprised of a massive sandstone clock tower and in its heyday it catered for some of the world’s most famous faces, including Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill. In 1927, John Logie Bird transmitted the world’s first long-distance television pictures to the Grand Central Hotel.

2. Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Hop in your Easirent hire car and head to Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. Opened in 1857, the music hall was designed to entertain workers during the Industrial Revolution and is the world’s oldest surviving music hall. After going through a restoration project in the 1920’s the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall was the place in which Stan Laurel famously made his stage début. The music hall has gone through many transformations in its lifetime, and was utilised during World War II as a chicken farm.

3. The Royal Exchange

Designed by David Hamilton and completed in 1829, the Royal Exchange is situated on Glasgow’s famous Queen Street and is home to Glasgow’s Museum of Art. Considered as one of David Hamilton’s architectural masterpieces, the Royal Exchange’s facade comprises of beautiful Corinthian Columns, and is definitely worth a visit. After undergoing a £10 million renovation by Glasgow City Council, the Royal Exchange is also home to a gallery and a library.

4. Provand’s Lordship

Provand’s Lordship is the oldest surviving house in Glasgow City Centre and was built in 1471. A must visit for anyone looking to discover Glasgow’s unique history, Provand’s Lordship was once part of a hospital and is one of only four surviving medieval buildings in the city. The house has undergone an extensive restoration project and houses some of the finest 17th Century furniture, which was provided to the house by Sir William Burrell. Park up your Easirent hire car in the car parking provided and take a trip back in time in this historic house.

5. Pollock House

Situated in beautiful landscaped gardens, Pollock House is the perfect example of 1930’s style architecture and is a real gem for anyone looking to delve into Glasgow’s rich architectural heritage. Comprising of a stunning mahogany and marble hallway and lavish family rooms, Pollock House also displays some of the finest Spanish artworks from El Greco, Goya and Murillo. Explore the house’s servant’s quarters and the award winning Edwardian Kitchen.

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