Glasgow City Breaks

by Craig Walker

Glasgow is a great short break destination and is still one of the gems the city break tables of top destinations in Europe. It probably does not spring to mind as some people's first choice to visit but it should.

Scotland's largest city, Glasgow was founded in the 6th century with the opening of Glasgow's first Christian Church. Although the history of the area also includes Romans, Celtic Druids and Stone age man. The first Cathedral was started around 1175 and Glasgow became a major centre for commerce from the 16th century.

Glasgow today is one of a major shopping destination with an assortment of shops, shopping centres and markets to suit even the most experienced shopper. In fact the only place better to shop in the UK would be London. Add in the amazing nightlife, selection of restaurants, pubs, clubs, casinos and you will soon discover why so many people visit Glasgow.

Throughout the year there are various festivals including the West End Festival, the Celtic Connections Festival, The International Comedy Festival, Mechant City Festival, Glasgay the UK's largest gay and lesbian festival, the Jazz Festival and more. These festivals generally run every year and each year get larger and larger.

Glasgow is easy to get to and has a very busy airport with arrivals from numerous towns and cities around the UK, Europe and beyond. There are flights available with the low cost airlines offering amazingly cheap flights to and from Glasgow. Travelling by rail takes you into the centre of the city to either of the stations. The coach station is also in the city centre and like the train has regular arrivals from England and the north of Scotland. There are flights daily from all four of the airports in London and most other UK towns and cities as well.

Glasgow has a great selection of accommodation suitable for everyone from great value youth hostels, bed and breakfast guest houses, apartments and two to five star hotels. There are lots of different options and you can enjoy Glasgow what ever your budget is.

Glasgow's weather can be unpredictable however they are used to it and no matter what you want to do you can do almost everything regardless of the weather conditions. Glasgow does experience very hot weather as well so make sure you pack accordingly for the correct time of year.

Glasgow has a wealth of good quality attractions to visit whilst you are here including the fantastic Kelvingrove Art Gallery, which has free entry. There is also the Science Mall, which includes the Science Centre the Glasgow Tower and the Glasgow Imax.

A short drive away from Glasgow is Loch Lomond and the beautiful Highlands can be reached are less than an hours drive from Loch Lomond. Stirling and Edinburgh can easily be reached by car for a day trip.

Glasgow is a surprise destination choice however it is easy to see why. There is so much to see and do during the day and at night that you will wish you could stay longer.

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