What makes Glasgow a 'must-see destination of 2012'?

Thursday, 26 January 2012 6:48 PM

If you are searching for somewhere to spend a short break, there are few better choices than Glasgow. Book one of the many holiday houses in Scotland located close to the city and you can look forward to seeing a variety of cultural and historic attractions.

You don't just need to take our word for it, as the New York Times included Glasgow on its list of places to go in 2012. It named the fascinating Riverside Museum and revamped harbour district as reasons to visit the city, but there is far more to see and do than that.

Glasgow has one of the best selections of museums and galleries in Europe, so there is sure to be at least one exhibition on that you are interested in.

The Burrell Collection is a real highlight of any trip to Scotland. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Pollok Country Park, it houses the late shipping magnate Sir William Burrell's collection of art and antiquities, and includes works by Degas and Cezanne, together with pieces from ancient civilisations.

It is also well worth visiting the vast Kelvingrove museum and the Gallery of Modern Art, along with the unique People's Palace, which tells the history of Glaswegians from 1750 to the present day.

Using large holiday houses close to Glasgow as a base, you will also have the opportunity to view some of its beautiful architecture. Renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh left a real legacy in his home city, in the shape of buildings like Glasgow School of Art, Scotland Street School, House For An Art Lover and The Willow Tearooms.

The city also has plenty to offer if you like to spend your short breaks hitting the shops. It is home to a number of large malls, including the Sauchiehall Street Centre and the Buchanan Galleries, where you will find all the major chain stories. For something a little different, try exploring the boutiques, jewellers and craft shops in the West End district and Argyle Arcade.

If you choose to rent a castle in Scotland for your holiday, you may want to spend your evenings relaxing and enjoying the splendour of its surroundings. Should you wish to go out, you will discover Glasgow has a fine selection of bars and restaurants, together with a wide range of live entertainment venues that feature everything from ballet and theatre to indie bands and stand-up comedians.

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