Lovers of art and architecture will find Glasgow rich in wonderful examples of both. The perfect destination for a short culture break, the city is a great place to head at any time of year.
Number one on any culture vulture’s must do list is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. As Scotland’s most visited free attractions, Kelvingrove is a treasure trove museum and art gallery with over 22 themed galleries displaying over 8000 objects. Be sure to give yourself at least a full day to take in the wonders of the Kelvingrove – you’re sure to need it.
To make the most of the city’s art and architecture, stay in the midst of it and search for central hotels in Glasgow. With the main attractions within walking distance, you can save on public transport and taxis, and get to know Glasgow at ground level.
Current temporary exhibitions include the spectacular 500 Years of Italian Art display, which is open until 12th August. At this exhibition you can take in Glasgow’s collection of Italian art, which is one of the best in Europe.
Other spectacular examples of Glasgow architecture include the historic University of Glasgow, the City Chambers, the dome-topped Mitchell Library and the beautiful medieval Glasgow Cathedral.
Of course, any trip to Glasgow must also include a visit to The Mackintosh House, the home of the world-renowned Scottish artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh whose work remains iconic to this day. Mackintosh fans will also find the Glasgow School of Art to be of interest, as the school was designed by Mackintosh in 1896.
One of the most amazing things about a culture break in Glasgow is that many of the important art and architecture attractions are free, so your break needn’t cost you a fortune. Combining free attractions with cheap hotels in Glasgow can make for a high brow, yet low cost trip.