Glasgow has been called one of the liveliest cities in the UK and has long been known for its vibrant nightlife...
However, art and culture are of equal importance to the city and Glasgow plays host to an abundance of museums, galleries and dazzling architecture including the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis and the Glasgow Science Museum to name a few.
Voted the UK's City of Architecture and Design in 1999, Glasgow affords its visitors not only spectacular examples of medieval structures, but also the Art Noveau buildings that it has more recently become famous for - most notably from the renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The modern Manhattan-style layout of Central Glasgow has also secured it a reputation as a shopper's paradise full of stylish bars, trendy restaurants and designer boutiques.
For those who want to experience a more traditional Scotland, a trip down the River Clyde to New Lanark will evoke images of the Scotland of centuries ago. Protected as a Unesco World Heritage site, New Lanark is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village situated about an hour away from Glasgow city centre. As well as offering a unique insight into life in 18th century Scotland, it is also a gateway to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve which stretches along both sides of the Clyde gorge. Encompassing ancient natural plantation, spectacular waterfalls and miles of scenic countryside, it is the ideal place to unwind and forget about the hustle and bustle of modern city life.
Two airports serve Glasgow, with flights from all over the UK...
A few miles west of the city centre, Glasgow International (GLA) has flights arriving from 23 UK airports, including all of the London departure points, plus Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford, East Midlands, Southampton, Bristol, Newquay, Belfast and the many island airports off the Scottish coast. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, easyJet, flybe and Cityjet service these routes, with flights taking up to an hour and a half.
Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) is 32 miles south-west of Glasgow. Only Ryanair flies into here, from Derry and various airports in Eire.
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On arrival in Glasgow, you'll want to get moving to your final destination. Here are the options...
Both airports have taxi ranks outside arrivals, as well as bus services to Glasgow and beyond. Prestwick also has a direct train connection into the city from the airport. At the international airport, a shuttle bus takes you to nearby Renfrew to connect with rail services.
Car rental is the obvious option if you want to be in control of your own transport; both Glasgow airports have pick-up facilities on site. We advise pre-booking car hire - it is cheaper than arranging on arrival and you are more likely to get a vehicle in your price range.
New hotels have burgeoned in Glasgow city centre in recent years, and there is plenty of choice for short and longer stays...
Glasgow is fairly compact, so getting around is easy if you stay in the city centre. Hilton, Holiday Inn Express, Radisson Blu and other chain hotels, from budget to high end, are mainly located with easy access to the city's main shopping area - known as the Golden Z - and Glasgow Central train station. Self-catering apartments are also available - great for groups or families.
Glasgow's chic West End has more boutique hotels, along with quirky and stylish eateries and bars, upmarket delis and craft shops.
Around the airport, the accommodation choice ranges from budget chains through to Holiday Inn.