Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Exploring Glasgow: A Weekend Itinerary

Are you looking for your next city break destination? Glasgow is full of architectural delights as well as public parks and attractions suitable for adults and children alike.

The best deals on hotels in Glasgow can be found online, so search the web and find your ideal spot in the city for your stay. Easily accessible from London by train, and many other places in the United Kingdom, a stay in Glasgow is a convenient Scottish spot for your next weekend or mid-week break.

Saturday: Shopping and Scotch 

Where better to spend a morning during your Glasgow visit than at the centre of the city’s shopping district. Buchanan Street runs directly through the area and is known to be the best retail therapy spot in Glasgow.

The choice here varies from designer boutiques and high end retailers to the UK’s favourite department stores and high street shops.

After picking up some souvenirs of your time in Glasgow, and maybe even a new outfit or two, spend an hour or two over lunch at West End's Oran Mor pub for ‘A Play, a Pie and a Pint’. These events run frequently, treating attendees to 50 minute performances of local independent plays.

Start as you mean to go on, following a tipple or two at the Oran Mor pub, pay a visit to the Glengoyne Distillery. Learn a little about the history and making of the single malt Scotch whisky and enjoy a few glasses of one of the most loved liquors in the world.

Alternatively, take a tour through Merchant City. Guided, paid tours are available each day at a small cost, or alternatively you can pick up your own guide maps from George Square Tourist Office. Appreciate the City Chambers and the Georgian townhouses and enjoy a cup of coffee in the historic café quarter as you watch the world go by.

Sunday: Glasgow’s West End 

Start your Glaswegian adventures at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Whether you are travelling solo, as a couple or with children, the range of activities and exhibitions on offer here will keep everyone entertained.

22 galleries, displaying a wide range of artwork including over 8,000 paintings, sculptures and objects, make for a fabulously cultural morning for adults, while children can explore their artistic side at one of the in-house workshops.

Close to the gallery and museum, Kelvingrove Park is the perfect place for a spot of lunch. Relax on the grassland and indulge in a little pre-packed picnic. Laze by Kelvin River with a book and rejuvenate before heading further into the West End.

A tranquil afternoon exploring the Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace within the West End is a dreamy way to spend an afternoon in the city.

From there, meander through the cobbled streets of Glasgow’s West End and take your pick from the abundance of eateries and bars in the area. Seafood fans should head to Crabshakk for ‘cracking good food’.

Why wait any longer, the best bargain prices on accommodation can be found in advance on the web. Look online now for the best deals on hotels in Glasgow now and start planning your break today.

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