Scotland's largest city, Glasgow is one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe as well as now being a centre for art and culture. There are numerous galleries and museums, many free to enter, the best UK shopping outside of London, and a lively nightlife.
Tourist AttractionsThe Burrell Collection 2060 Pollokshaws Road
A collection of 8000 art exhibits, from Chinese Ceramics to French Impressionist paintings, donated by shipping magnate Sir William Burrell. Located in the attractive surroundings of Pollok Country Park.
Open: Daily 1000-1700, open from 1100 Fri and Sun. Tel: (0141) 287 2550
The Lighthouse 11 Mitchell Lane
This Centre for Architecture, Design and the City was opened in 1999. The Lighthouse also houses the permanent Charles Rennie Mackintosh Interpretation and Orientation Centre.
Open: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 1030-1750, Tues 1100-1750, Thurs 1030-1900, Sun 1200-1700. Tel: (0141) 225 8414
Hunterian Art Gallery and Mackintosh House 82 Hillhead Street
This art gallery is located at the University of Glasgow. Exhibits include paintings, drawings and prints by J.A.M Whistler and international paintings from the seventeenth century onwards. The exhibition also includes Mackintosh House, a reconstruction of the house Scotland's best known architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, complete with original furniture.
Open: Art Gallery: Mon-Sat 0930-1700; Mackintosh House: Mon-Sat 0930-1230 and 1330-1700. Tel: (0141) 330 5431
Art Gallery and Museum Argyle Street
This very popular gallery and museum's display include a range of European paintings covering the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries and more modern works. Also includes an exhibition of 20th century furniture and decorative art objects. Free admission.
Open: Daily 1000-1700, Fri and Sun open from 1100. Tel: (0141) 287 2699
Gallery of Modern Art Queen Street
The Gallery of Modern Art has four floors of paintings and sculptures from around the world, including works by Peter Howson, Beryl Cook and Sean Reid. Also offers a hands-on experience with interactive computers and art workshops.
Open: Daily 1000-1700, open from 1100 Fri and Sun. Tel: (0141) 229 1996
Glasgow Botanic Gardens 730 Great Western Road
This popular tourist attraction is a centre for education, conservation and research, located in a glass house.
Open: Dawn til dusk. Tel: 0141 334 2422
Glasgow Cathedral Cathedral Square
A superb, historic medieval Cathedral.
Open: Apr-Sep, Mon-Sat 0930-1830, Sun 1400-1830, Oct-Mar, Mon-Sat 0930-1630 & Sun 1400-1630 Tel: 0141 552 6891
Glasgow School of Art 167 Renfrew Street
Still a working art school, this is Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh's, most famous work. Admission is by guided tour only and you are advised to book in advance in high-season.
Tours only: Mon-Fri 1100 and 1400, Sat 1030 and 1130. Tel: (0141) 353 4526
Glasgow Tourist Information CentresGlasgow Tourist Information Centre
35 St. Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 Tel: 0141 204 4400
Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board
11 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DY, Scotland. Tel: 0141 204 4480