I had a pleasant day at the Kelvingrove Art gallery in Glasgow, taking in the loveliness of the collections (quite interesting Scottish artists). The exhibits are organized often unexpectedly. The entrance to the museum is free and I recommend it for all ages. Do not miss it!
The Necropolis, located on a hill east of Glasgow, is known as the city of the dead and it is the cemetery for the Scottish city. To get there, take the Bridge of Sighs, which is next to the cathedral. The memorial to John Knox, which was built in the nineteenth century, dominates the hill. The cemetery is like Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, which inspired the creation of the Scottish cemetery. It is simply a pretty hill with trees and vegetation where the dead rest in peace. In total, it is estimated that fifty thousand people have been buried there, but only three thousand five hundred tombs have been built. Many tombstones have a sculpture of the face, chest or the whole body of the dead person, and the largest mausoleum has four people inside. There are also memorials to the Scots who went to fight with other troops, for example, with the English troops in Korea. The city bought the land in 1650, and since it could not be developed for housing, they built a cemetery. Several famous architects and sculptors of the seventeenth and eighteenth century built the graves of the famous people of the time. It is one of the few cemeteries that has detailed information about its dead, with their age, occupation and cause of death.
Apart from the historical stuff, you have to see the beauty of this Cathedral. I should also mention the Necropolis that surrounds it that warrants a visit around.
Its ceilings, their spectacular height, the underground church or the optical illusion that's thanks to the location of the traseptos and their standout aspects of this gem that you simply have to visit.
George Square is the main square in the Scottish city of Glasgow, and is home to the City Council, which is the city hall and the tourist information office. They called it King Georges III, and the square was constructed in the late 18th century, when the city reorganized itself to suit the many migrants who came to work in factories and industries of Glasgow. The houses surrounding the square are also Georgian, and are now hotels or public buildings. There is a statue of Queen Victoria, and other famous people of the country, and the town hall dominates the square. It is next to the train station and to Queen Street, where the bars and restaurants come alive at night. It isn´t an administrative neighborhood that doesn´t have life after 7pm. The Bank of Scotland was there but now no, they had to move it when it started growing and now is the 3rd biggest bank in the UK.
The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is located in the square of the Exchange. It is an elegant, neoclassical building dating back to 1775. The building once housed the stock exchange and the library, but today it is home to the GoMA, a truly bizarre exhibition of remarkable modern art. I recommend a trip, even if you're not a lover of modern art.
The greatest symbol of Glasgow is this impressive building. It is situated in George Square and is one of the only good things of this industrial city. Designed by William Young in Italian Renaissance style, it was opened by Queen Victoria in 1888. With the elegant proportions of its inside decorated with marble and mosaics, the opulence of the whole building makes it the most impressive of its kind in the entire country.
The Burrell Collection is a large collection of medieval art, tapestries, alabaster, stained glass and English oak furniture. It also has a large variety of European paintings (including Degas and Cézanne), an important collection of Islamic art and modern sculpture (including Epstein and Rodin). The museum is inside a bright spacious building and its forested surroundings make this a perfect place.
Buchanan Street is one of the busiest streets in Glasgow. This Scottish city is the best shopping city in the UK, right after London because it offers the most range, but it's much cheaper. There are several low cost airlines that fly to Glasgow, and accommodation and food are also about a fraction of what they would cost in London. Buchanan Street is part of the Golden Z, a small group of the "in" streets in Glasgow, Argyle and Sauchiehall. Up the street is Buchanan Street Station, which only has local trains and the Buchanan Galleries, a mid-high range shopping gallery, and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow which has classical concerts throughout the year. Going down the street is where all the high-class fashion stores are, like House of Fraser, which is a type of English Corte Ingles with all the classic British clothing chains and international restaurants and pubs. But it also has shops selling famous kilts. The Argyll Arcade, is one of the oldest shopping centers in the UK. It was constructed in 1827, and is shown carrying a metal bird above it. It's very cute and now it only has luxury stores.
The natural area known as "The Campsie Fells" is formed by a series of valleys and hills that connect the districts of Stirling, Glasgow, Dumbarton and Falkirk. This natural park is about 17 miles from each of these cities. Most of the land, hills, mountains and towns belong to the county of Stirlingshire.
The area is advertised as "Scotland in Miniature" since in this small strip you can find everything typically Scottish: mountains, rivers, valleys, castles, clans, lakes, whisky and mythology, but of course, all in a compact area. For example, the Earl's Seat mountain is about 600 meters high and has beautiful views, and the Endrick River runs through the whole territory. The MacGregor Clan (the most famous member was Rob Roy) was once dominant in this area. You can visit Glengoyne, a fascinating distillery where you can even experiment with making your own whisky! I sincerely believe that nobody could be disappointed by a visit here: cyclists, walkers, bikers, fishermen and more will find something to suit them!
The Buchanan Galleries are shopping centres in central Glasgow in Scotland. Apart from London, Glasgow is the best place in the United Kingdom for shopping. The offer is impressive with much lower prices than in London, especially to stay and eat, and instead of having to run all over the city, it is quite convenient, as the shopping district is concentrated in four downtown streets. The Buchanan Galleries are up the street from Buchanan Street, and is the largest and most prestigious in Glasgow, with nearly 100 stores. Apart from international brands like Gap or Claire for example, you'll find a curious whiskey shop, which is almost a museum, and has a lot of information about the different types of whiskey, how to take them. You can buy typical silver vessels in which the Scottish national drink is taken. The Buchanan was built by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, ve is the star architect of the city, and has made several other buildings, including the school of fine arts or the tea shop in Buchanan St.
Glasgow Central Station is the largest in Scotland and the UK. Several train companies operate from Glasgow Central Station. It opened in the late nineteenth century and its design resembles that of Gustave Eiffel with its arcades of wrought iron. It is nice because it also has plenty of shops, which give it life. The local shops are in beautiful painted wood, it seems season, inhuman and black, until people come for a drink, but do not take the train. There is a Marks and Spencer to buy food for your trip, a Boots, a pharmacy chain, and sells health, hygiene and beauty, as well as cafes, pubs, flower shop and takeaway. It is the busiest station in the UK, after London. It was always the main station, but it closed for a while, and returned to build again, to open to traffic and growing industrial city. The train is the best way to go to Edinburgh, takes 50 minutes and costs £ 10, and from the penalties.
It was a midsummer's evening with several hours of daylight left. It was stunning to see the threatening clouds in the sky over Glasgow. The reflection of the buildings in the river created an interesting effect on the turbulent waters and the white glow of the sun hidden behind clouds further helped create a spooky effect and off this Scottish city. Soon after, obviously, it began to rain, but this was recorded with a walk along the river by this industrial city.
Trongate is located in the heart of the most commercial area of Glasgow. In the era of large businesses and industries of the British Empire, Glasgow was called the "Merchant City" in reference to its traffic of goods. Subsequently, the center was overlooked but after a few years, some restoration work began and there was a radical change. The old abandoned road was converted into a modern fashion district. The "Merchant City," which sold spices and tobacco, was the second most important city of the empire, and people came from far away to exchange goods. The Bank of Scotland was strong and powerful. The "Tobacco Lords" were the kings of the city. All of this happened before the industrial crisis which left Glasgow deserted. Nowadays, there are still very poor and crime-filled neighborhoods but it has nothing to do with the '90s, when the city was known as the European capital of crime. Today the historical buildings mingle with fashion shops like Primark, the English clothing store that is much cheaper than H&M or Topshop, the landmarks of British fashion. These places are more expensive but much cuter.
This new pedestrian bridge opened in 2009 connects Tradeston in Glasgow to the city center. It's really nice because while the riverbanks were a sad and industrial place before, now when you cross you get to a modern part of town, with a shopping mall, bowling alley, several restaurants and a cinema - there's even a casino. In 10 minutes you are on the other side of the river which has several bars too. It was designed by a Scandinavian architect and has an S form, it's not a straight bridge, that gives a nice touch, and is white. The goal was to energize the other side of the river that is beginning to be renewed.
The travel center is in St Enoch Square, along the mall of the same name. To get there search for Argyle Street and from Glasgow railway station it's a 5 minute walk, but there's also a commuter station called St Enoch. In the travel center you can get all the information you need for your trip to Scotland, bus schedules, trains, commuting to Glasgow and Edinburgh and there are always 2 people to assist you. If you travel a lot by train, there's a youth card (18 pounds) that gives you 1/3 off trains across the country for 1 year, it's worth it because trains are very expensive. For those over 26 there's another card, but it's not regional so it's better to look for bargains in advance on the Megatrain. If you go to London, it's better to go by bus (Megabus), you can go as cheaply as 5 euros return.
Saltmarket is a square in Glasgow, Scotland, and is on the site where there used to be a salt market, hence its name. As Glasgow is a coastal city on the North Sea salt was sold from here to the rest of the UK. Saltmarket is reached by the Trongate, or London Road, when leaving the highway to the city center coming from London or Edinburgh. Today there's a beautiful tower in Saltmarket Square with a clock that's a little reminiscent of Big Ben in London, though smaller. Above all, there's so much traffic and for pedestrians it's a nightmare, you never know where to cross, it's a pain. Before there was a tram, but now there are only cars. At night the neighborhood of Saltmarket is animated, with many traditional pubs, knowing that the Scots, like the English, never go far from home, the neighborhood comes alive and the pub is the heart of local life.
Bothwell Castle, located to the south of Glasgow, was one of the most important Scottish fortresses during medieval times and the War of Independence against the English (1296). In its time, it was as important as the castles of Stirling or Edinburgh. Built in the thirteenth century by the Murray clan, it has a huge tower to the south, much larger than most others of the period, known as DonJon. Today the castle is in ruins, although everything is fully visible. On sunny days, it's common for adults and children alike to reenact everyday scenes of medieval life. And the DonJon tower, even in pretty bad shape, is still astonishingly big. It's a shame that the castle is ruined, but it's still a great place to visit if your're interested in Scottish history.
Most travelers would agree that the Burrel Collection should top your list of what to do in Glasgow. It houses more than 3,000 works of art which previously belonged to Sir William Burrell. A great reference point for first-timers in Glasgow is the Pollok Country Park which is also near one of the best Glasgow activities for art-lovers: the Pollok House. There, you'll find a wonderful collection of masterpieces by Spanish artists.
The Gallery of Modern Art is the city center is another of the most famous attractions in Glasgow. The range of styles is evident. Another of the best art-related things to do in Glasgow is visiting the Klevingrove Museum and Art Gallery. The century-old sandstone building houses a collection featuring some of history's most prominent painters.
Another of the top Glasgow attractions are the buildings by Scottish artist Charles Marie Mackintosh found throughout the city. If you're a hard partier, you'll find plenty of fun stuff do in Glasgow as well. The city is home to a near-endless amount of pubs and nightclubs and is one of the most fun cities in Scotland for going out at night.
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