Glasgow is Scotland's second city and is also the largest. Located on the Clyde in the lowlands of the west, it is a vibrant city offering a plethora of attractions. The nineteenth century saw the population rise above one million and during this time, architectural masterpieces were erected.
These included the Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum and the City Chambers. Several farsighted engineering projects such as the Glasgow subway and the Milngavie Waterworks were also funded by the wealth of the city at that time. Over the decades, the city has seen decline and renewal and although certain problems remain, it is now a great centre for culture and sport.
If this is your first visit to Glasgow and you wish to aquaint yourself with its most iconic sights, an open-topped bus tour is highly recommended. The bus drivers give an informative and often amusing commentary, and you are able to hop on and hop off throughout the day. Walking tours are also available. Glasgow city has a grid system on the northern bank of the Clyde. The Victorian heart of the city is George Square and the centre is home to most of the theatres and concert halls, museums and galleries. To the south and west you'll find the main shopping areas. Glasgow is second only to London in terms of a UK retail experience. To the east is Merchant City, the commercial and residential district where the wealthy city merchants lived in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Notable buildings include the Tolbooth Clock Tower and Glasgow Cathedral. The area is now a cultural centre with galleries, studios and workshops.
When it comes to sightseeing, if your visit is short, you will need to prioritise your list. The major galleries include the Burrell Collection, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery and the Kelvingrove Gallery. Museums include the Transport Museum, The people's Palace and Winter Gardens, and the Glasgow Science Centre, Tower and Imax. A treat for Charles Rennie Mackintosh fans would be to take afternoon tea in the Willow Tearooms in Buchanan Street. Another popular attraction is the SV Glenlee, a tall ship from 1896 which is docked at the Riverside. Glasgow's parks provide plenty of open spaces to be enjoyed throughout the year. The city boasts more than ninety parks and formal gardens including Linn, Victoria, Alexandra parks, and Mugdock Country Park.
Glasgow has a great range of accommodation with tariffs to suit most pockets. Whether you are seeking first class luxury or a humble bed and breakfast, there'll be a deal to suit. Restaurants provide for every taste as they offer cuisine from the four quarters of the world. You'll find everything from cordon bleu dining to fast food, with prices to match. Glasgow's nightlife is unrivalled in Scotland. From classical concerts to live pub music, the choice of venue is vast.
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Bath has a variety of accommodation with hotels, apartments, guest houses, boutique B&Bs, B&Bs and hostels. There are tariffs to suit all budgets. When it comes to eating, you are in for a treat. Bath offers fine restaurants, gastro pubs, brasseries and bistros, bars and cafes that cater for all tastes. If funds are short, there are plenty of opportunities for a wholesome low cost meal. Bath has an exciting nightlife with a choice of music venues with live bands. Enjoy jazz at the Green Park Brasserie or rock at the Komedia. For music, dance or drama, look at the programme for the Theatre Royal or the Mission Theatre. There are also two comedy clubs. Bath has a compact centre, ideal for shoppers. The Southgate shopping area is close to the station and there are a large number of independent shops and boutiques. Green Park Market, in a former railway station, is filled with independent traders, cafes and restaurants. The Guildhall has another thriving market. If you visit in December, you'll be delighted by the Christmas Market. It will certainly put you in the mood for the festive season.