If it’s a while since you visited Scotland’s largest city, you may like to think of going back. Glasgow, not a city to rest on its laurels, goes from strength to strength and it seems its cultural renaissance is far from over.
The most recent addition to its cultural treasure trove, the Zaha Hadid designed futuristic Riverside Transport Museum, opened this summer. The £74 million building sits where the city’s two main rivers, the Clyde and the Kelvin, meet and reflects Glasgow’s industrial heritage.
And don’t forget the contents! The child friendly museum showcases locomotives, bicycles and vintage cars which have drawn 10,000 visitors since the museum opened. Visit glasgowlife.org.uk/museums for further details.
Glasgow has more museums per capita than any other UK city and a must-see is the School of Art on Renfrew Street, a product of the great Rennie Mackintosh. But feel free to enjoy the town’s quirky funky bars and pubs, and its vast array of shops, second only to London.
It’s a city that has something for everyone so take the train or fly Easy Jet (easyjet.com) from Belfast, Bristol and London Stansted or Flybe (flybe.com) from Southampton. You’ll see why Glasgow was voted ‘Favourite UK City 2006’ by readers of Conde Naste Traveller Magazine.