Edinburgh may be the eternal tourist draw, but a holiday in Glasgow is every bit as exciting. Culture-seekers have to take a guided tour of the Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building, recently voted Britain's finest building of the past 175 years. Kelvingrove Art Gallery, which houses Dali's iconic Christ of Saint John of the Cross, is another must-see. Go for a wander through the sprawling Glasgow Green, with its many eye-catching monuments, while areas like Sauchiehall Street and Argyll Street offer the best UK shopping outside of London.
There are plenty of direct flights to Glasgow from the rest of the UK – for example, you can fly straight from London Luton to Glasgow International Airport on easyJet in around an hour and 15 minutes. However, while flying may seem on the surface to be the cheaper and swifter choice, bear in mind that you also have to factor in travelling to and from the airports. It might actually work out more cost-effective and more convenient to simply take the train or coach. The best thing to do is check online and compare the various options open to you.
One of the easiest ways to get around during your holiday in Glasgow is on the subway, with its iconic orange trains. The buses are also extremely frequent and convenient to use. Be sure to look into the travel passes on offer – there are various types allowing unlimited travel on the public transport system, and you can even get a special Mackintosh Trail card which, as well as giving you unlimited travel, will also provide you with free access to the various Charles Rennie Mackintosh tourist attractions in the city.
This is one of the UK's major cities, so naturally there are no end of hotels in Glasgow to choose from. The best thing to do is spend some time online comparing various options, from the more basic hostels to mid-range accommodation.
While the city has its share of very high-end restaurants (such as the iconic foodie mecca that is The Ubiquitous Chip), you certainly don't have to splurge to have a good time during your Glasgow holiday. Try visiting one of the Indian restaurants that have helped establish Glasgow as one of the curry capitals of the UK. No visit to Glasgow would be complete without a visit to one of the fish 'n' chip restaurants (ask for a deep-fried Mars bar at your own risk!).
Updated 22nd May 2013
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posted by ywillcoxThe Glenlee is the last remaining cargo carrying sailing ship restored to former glory. Visiting the boat at Glasgow Harbour ishould not be missed. Visit the galley, take the wheel, explore the cargo hold.