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Glasgow, which is known as the Merchant City or the Dear Green Place, is Scotland's biggest city and is set on the River Clyde. Most people visit to see the Necropolis, the School of Art for the Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture, and the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery.

Why go?

Shopping nirvana and home to excellent restaurants and absorbing museums, Glasgow deserves more attention than it gets... Read more

Interesting places to visit in Glasgow city centre include the Theatre Royal, the Film Theatre and the 18-screen Cineworld in Renfrew Street, the world's tallest cinema. The West End's Botanic Gardens have beautiful, quiet wooded walks and the Glasgow Science Centre, with its futuristic titanium curves, will provide you with many fascinated hours of browsing. You will be able to walk to these sites from many of the hotels in Glasgow. Other interesting attractions include the Burrell Collection and West End. Much of the Clydeside has been redeveloped for the BBC.

The Hamilton Park Racecourse south of Glasgow is known for its great horse racing combined with glamour and entertainment. It has also hosted live performances, including those of Jason Donovan, Danii Minogue and Westlife. The annual three-day T in the Park Music Festival in Kinross-shire features seven main stages. Snow Patrol, The Stone Roses and Kasabian were the 2012 headliners.

Summer is a popular time to visit Glasgow. High season is in June and August, when most venues stay open until very late and the city is buzzing with life until the early hours of the morning.

You can pick up a rental car at either Glasgow International Airport (GLA) or Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) or in downtown Glasgow. Many visitors choose to head out of the city for whisky tours at distilleries such as Auchentoshan, situated just off the A82 towards Loch Lomond, or Glengoyne on the A81.

Further afield you might just spot the famous but elusive Nessie in Loch Ness or you could visit beautiful Edinburgh, where you can climb up to Arthur's Seat - the site of an extinct volcano. Why not also visit the islands of the Hebrides, where you can still see some of the traditional thatched Black Houses. Seeing the famed Mull of Kintyre in south-west Scotland will give you an idea why Paul McCartney wrote a song about its beauty. The impressive Stirling Castle atop Castle Hill has been the site of the coronation of many Scottish kings and queens, notably Mary Queen of Scots in 1543.

Where to stay?

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For tourists interested in booking into one of the many good Glasgow hotels, there is a lot of choice, from big chains such as Holiday Inn and Hilton, to budget brands. There are some great facilities available, such as indoor swimming pools, spas and children's supervised play areas. Many of these hotels are situated in the city centre, close to public transport and shopping centres such as Buchanan Galleries and the St Enoch Centre. For designer labels, visit Princes Square.

There is also a range of boutique properties, with many in the West End area. Some self-catering options are on offer although most people use the main hotel groups or local bed-and-breakfast establishments, which serve a hearty Scottish breakfast. Glasgow is the host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will draw many thousands of visitors at that time.

What to see?

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Many visit simply for the wealth of shops and the exciting eateries, but Glasgow has a varied range of attractions that make worthwhile diversions from the racks of clothes and plates of gastronomic heaven.

Top attractions

Glasgow Cathedral

Built in 1197, historic Glasgow Cathedral has beautiful architecture and an impressive collection of stained glass windows.
Glasgow Science Centre

Featuring an interactive science mall, huge IMAX cinema, planetarium with 9,000 stars, Glasgow Tower, and a science show theatre, spending a day out at Glasgow's Science Centre will keep all the family entertained.

Necropolis

Adjacent to Glasgow Cathedral, this 37-acre Victorian garden cemetery is full of interesting sculptures. Walking tours will give you information and stories relating to the 50,000 people buried here.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Enjoy bracing walks at beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Take a waterbus to experience various locations around the loch and keep a look out for local wildlife.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum showcases 8,000 objects in its 22 galleries. One of its most famous paintings is Salvador Dali's 'Christ of St John of the Cross'.

What's on?

Glasgow never sits still: it's a city with plenty going on, whenever you visit... Read more

This lively Scottish metropolis will sweep you off your feet with its non-stop calendar of events. Here are three of the best:

Events

Celtic Connections; January-February; throughout the city: This 18-day folk, roots and world music festival features musicians from across the globe. Visitors can enjoy concerts, workshops, events and ceilidhs in this annual winter music festival.

West End Festival; May-June; West End: Comedy, dance, drama and music are just some of the performance types on offer at this arts festival put on by Glasgow-based organisations, art groups, and local and international artists.

The World Pipe Band Championships; August: This international competition held annually on Glasgow Green not only features piping and drumming but also Highland dancing and Highland Games competitions. The event also hosts kids' and youth zones, and is a great day out for all the family.