I have quite a few favourite places in the UK that I could go on and on about but I have one place that stands out from all the rest. Where I hear you ask? Glasgow!! Yes I only live 20 minutes away from this vibrant city it was my place of birth and it is part of me.
Glasgow has pretty much everything you will need to stay entertained, young and old alike. It even has the River Clyde running through it, might not be the seaside but it is still beautiful.
If you are into art Glasgow has many beautiful galleries from the Gallery of Modern Art, which houses stunning art work from local artists and from around the world, to Kelvingrove which has recently been refurbished and houses many different art works and exhibitions. The building is stunning as you can see below.
Many years ago, Glasgow was known best for the ship building which took place on the River Clyde. Sadly the yards have been closed for some time now. In it's place is the amazing Riverside Museum and the Tall Ship. You have to visit the Riverside museum when in Glasgow. Old steam trains, an old street with shops you can go into, the old subway, again you can go into this too. It is all so real and you expect the carriage to move! Old cars and even old prams. Amazing history on show.
If you want to learn more about Glasgow's history at a leisurely pace then why not hop on board one of the city's tour buses. These guided tours take you around Glasgow, whilst the tour guide tells you about the amazing history, pointing out landmarks such as the cathedral, the peoples palace at Glasgow green and Glasgow University. You purchase your ticket from the guide and you are free to hop on and off all day. It is the best way to take in all the sites Glasgow have to offer.
There are plenty of shops on Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street. From Next, Debenhams to Primark there is something for everyone. The two main shopping centres being Buchanan
Galleries and St Enoch's centre. Restaurants a plenty that cater for every taste and if you fancy a film we have Cineworld and an IMAX.
If plays and concerts are what you are after you can catch a show at the Pavillion, The Kings theatre and the new SSE Hydro, SECC and the Clyde Auditorium. Big names such as Westlife, Iron Maiden, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Ne-yo have all played Glasgow.
If sport is your thing why not take a tour of one of 3 major stadiums, Hampden, Ibrox (home to Rangers) and Celtic Park (home to Celtic). Hampden is the national stadium for Scotland. If you decide to visit you can take in the tour or you can pop into the football museum which houses Scottish football memorabilia from through the years.
Another sporting venue worth a visit is the recently opened Emirates Arena. home to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome! You will also find a Gym, sports arena, sports hall, football pitches, fitness studio, cafe and refresh spa.
I wrote this post not just to tell you more about Glasgow but also as part of the UK Breakaways competition. You can also enter the competition here and tell us about your favourite UK destination.
I hope you have enjoyed learning more about Glasgow and I hope you visit soon. You will have the best time!!