Glasgow, a down-to-earth metropolis that’s all about fun
A flight to Glasgow means a visit to one of the UK’s most dynamic—and largest—urban centres. Trendy and stylish but with a distinctly brazen edge, this is a city that’s proud of its working-class roots and leftist traditions.
An eclectic mix of exhibits from Egyptian relics to stuffed animals to a famous Dalí have made the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum the most visited museum in the UK outside of London. Almost every piece comes with a paragraph in plain English explaining its significance, so even less arty types leave feeling satisfied.
Visitors to the vibrant and interactive Robert Burns Birthplace Museum learn all about Scotland’s most celebrated son and cultural icon. Each of the poet’s works is presented in context, and headsets let guests hear them spoken or sung.
Dubbed “quite possibly the finest small venue in the world” by NME, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is where some of the UK’s biggest bands launched their careers, including Pulp and Radiohead. Oasis got signed after a gig here, and still frequent the place today.
A little known tourism fact is that Glasgow is a vintage garment lover’s treasure trove. Saratoga Trunk is a huge warehouse containing thousands of items from the Victorian era to the 1990s, and Mr Ben is a hotspot for ‘70s and ‘80s garb.
With its original 1930s Art Deco interior still intact, Rogano is Glasgow’s oldest surviving restaurant. Built in the same style and at the same time as The Queen Mary, it’s a Glaswegian landmark not to be missed.
The heated Glaswegian curry debate usually ends in a three-way best-eatery tie: Mother India for its quality and innovation; Balbir’s for its healthy take on the classics; and the Wee Curry Shop, a tiny venue with massive taste.