Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third most populous city in the UK. It was informally known as “the second City of the Empire” in the Victorian era and was famed for its shipbuilding and other heavy industry in its heyday. Today, Glasgow is typical of post-industrial European cities with the heavy industries replaced with service industries and a large cultural base. In this blog we’ll look at some of the top attractions to visit in the city.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the most visited museum outside of London in the UK and houses 22 galleries and 8000 objects. The museum has works by Monet, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Dali.
Located in the city’s historic quarter and built in the 12th Century, Glasgow Cathedral is one of the best examples of Gothic Scottish architecture and is one of the only medieval churches to have survived the reformation with its roof intact. The cathedral was the original home of Glasgow University and is still functioning as a place of worship today for the Church of Scotland.
The Lighthouse is Glasgow centre for architecture and design and is located on Mitchell Lane in the city centre inside the former Glasgow Herald office, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Opening in 1999, the Lighthouse is an exhibition space and has conferences, events and exhibitions celebrating the links between design, architecture and the creative industries. If you visit, make sure you visit the Mackintosh tower at the north of the building which offers stunning, uninterrupted views of the city.
The People’s Palace
If you’re interested in the people of Glasgow and their history there are few places better to discover it than the People’s Palace. Originally designed as a cultural centre for the people who lived in the deprived housing areas of the east end, today it functions as a museum. There are hundreds of artefacts from Glasgow’s past and there is also a large, restored glasshouse with gardens and the largest terracotta fountain in the world, donated to Glasgow by Sir Henry Doulton to commemorate Queen Victoria’ Golden Jubilee.