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Glasgow: attractions

Glasgow is packed with cultural wealth, including world-famous art collections, the best shopping in the UK outside of London, and the most envied nightlife scene in the whole of Scotland.

Here's our handy guide to some of the must-see attractions in Glasgow.

Marvel at the majestic splendor of Glasgow Cathedral. Home to the shrine of St Kentigern, the Cathedral is a shining example of the city’s Gothic structures.

If you want to get up close and personal with Glasgow’s design, head to The Lighthouse – Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture – the first public commission of renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

For something both entertaining and educational to suit all the family, Glasgow Science Centre is a must-visit venue. There's dozens of interactive activities which let you take part in experiments, a planetarium where the family can watch the universe whizz by, and much much more.

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The Pollok House, found in the heart of Pollok Country Park, contains works by Rodin, Degas and Cezanne, while the stunning Riverside Museum allows you to walk down Kelvin Street as it would have been between 1895 and 1930.

The beautiful Victoria Park is one of Glasgow’s many well-maintained green spaces. Walk through the 50 acres of land or explore Fossil Grove, the preserved remains of a 330 million-year-old forest.

Kelvingrove Park is another glorious area, filled with different types of wildlife, grand 20th century monuments and a skate park, tennis court, bowling green and play area. On sunny days, enjoy a picnic by the river.

Glasgow: where to eat and drink

On a shoestring: The Chippy Doon The Lane. Fish, chips and crispy batter. Popular with locals and tourists alike.

Middle of the road: Bia Bistrot. A cosy, family-run bistro offering a menu of locally and seasonally sourced ingredients. Well worth a visit.

Splash the cash: Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or. This award-winning Georgian townhouse serves up classical cooking with a contemporary twist. Perfect for a special occasion.

Glasgow: shopping

The famous Glasgow Style Mile is made up of three main city centre streets: Sauchiehall Street, Argyle Street and Buchanan Street. A stroll along the Mile will see you stumble upon the trendy Princes Square, along with malls such as the Buchanan Galleries.

Head to Glasgow’s West End and you’ll find independent boutiques selling antiques, homeware and vintage fare. There really is something to suit every taste and budget.

Other popular districts for shopping include King Street and Bath Street.