City stop: Glasgow

    River Clyde, where the liners Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, QE2 and Royal Yacht Britannia were built
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    Wander through the city’s streets and it will soon become apparent why Glasgow was voted as the UK’s City of Architecture and Design in 1999. Impressive Victorian structures are strewn throughout; while tucked away like precious gems, the unique designs of one of Glasgow’s most celebrated sons, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, can be discovered.

     

    The Kelvingrove has 22 themed galleries displaying 8000 objects, brought together from across Glasgow Museums’ rich collections
    The Kelvingrove has 22 themed galleries displaying 8000 objects, brought together from across Glasgow Museums’ rich collections

    From a replica of the designer’s home to the Willow Tearooms where visitors to the city can enjoy a cup of tea amid Mackintosh furnishings, the designer has had a huge impact on the area.

    New creative talent can also be found within the city, as demonstrated by the Glasgow School of Art’s Jonathan Boyd who designed the medals for 2014’s Commonwealth Games.

    Meanwhile, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with its collection of towers and spires is yet another example of the city’s stunning collection of buildings. The Kelvingrove is also just one of the city’s internationally acclaimed museums and galleries with incredible collections that helped Glasgow secure the title of European City of Culture in 1990. Here are just a few of the items worth tracking down across the city.

     

    Getting there: By car, Glasgow has motorway links to the, M8, M74, M77 and M80. By train, Glasgow Central station has frequent services

    from London, Manchester and Birmingham.

     

    More information:

    Tel: 0845 859 1006; www.visitscotland.com

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