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Explore Glasgow - A city of culture

Explore Glasgow - A city of culture

Where would you take a ‘culture vulture’ on a day out in Glasgow?

Our Facebook fans have chosen some of their favourite culture hotspots to make this exciting itinerary. Visit world-class art collections, uncover a vibrant entertainment scene, and discover why this UNESCO City of Music and European City of Culture is renowned for its creativity.

Begin by exploring Glasgow’s connections with one of the most famous architects and designers of the 20th century – Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Roselind Mary Hirst recommends visiting the Glasgow School of Art, his architectural masterpiece, before enjoying some brunch at the Willow Tea Rooms.

A Londoner living in Glasgow, Charis McGown suggests heading to her favourite places in the city, the historic Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis. You might even spot Celtic Park or the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome whilst admiring the views!

Why not hop on the subway and spend the remainder of the afternoon soaking up the relaxed atmosphere of the West End? Craig Tomlinson from North Wales has lived in the city for over 15 years and recommends visiting the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow University, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of the many attractions in Glasgow which are free to visit.

Scotland’s largest and liveliest city really comes into its own in the evening. It’s home to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Royal, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Charis suggests ending the day at a gig. “Head to the King Tuts for high quality emerging talent. The Barrowlands and O2 ABC have hosted some of the best concerts I have ever been to!”

You could also check out what’s on at the SSE Hydro, Scotland’s newest live entertainment venue. Part of the SECC Precinct, the SSE Hydro will host Gymnastics as well as the Boxing and Netball Finals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this summer. 

Don’t miss the huge variety of cultural events taking place across Glasgow and Scotland in 2014. Search the Culture 2014 programme, and join in the nationwide countdown to the Games.

You can also follow Culture 2014 on Twitter and Instagram.  

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