The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), located right in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, is an ideal place to start whilst visiting the city. It is one of the most popular contemporary art galleries in the whole of the UK, and you will not be disappointed by spending an hour or two taking in the magnificent exhibits displayed there.
Also whilst in the city centre, look out for one of the many Charles Rennie MacIntosh buildings dotted around. The Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street, or the Scotland Street School Museum, are perfect examples of Charle’s extraordinary architectural elegance.
The Provands Lordship is another building, again in the city centre, that it is worth finding the time to visit. Dating back to the 1400s, this is the oldest building in the whole of Glasgow, and the beautiful medicinal garden at the back of it is an ideal spot to sit and relax for half an hour.
You should find time to see the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens. If you want to know Glasgow’s history you need go no further than its exhibitions on Glasgow’s social history dating back to 1790. Have some cake and coffee in the Victorian Glasshouse which looks out onto the park where you can also see the Doulton Fountain, the largest maintained terracotta fountain in the world.
Now that you have seen the City Centre, you should head out to the west end of the city. For those of you who enjoy a good walk, take the Kelvin Way to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, home to Salvador Dali’s painting Christ of St John of the Cross.
Just across the road from the Museum you will find an excellent destination in the Glasgow Museum of Transport. As soon as you enter this building you are transported to times of old, showcasing everything from a hundred year old Glasgow tram to the finest collection of Scottish-Built cars in the world.
The south side of Glasgow is home to ‘House For An Art Lover’, which is the design for a house that was submitted to a competition by Scottish art prodigy Charles Rennie MacIntosh in 1901, and was eventually built in 1996. It has been inspiration for many contemporary artists, and is definitely worth visiting whilst in the city.
Glasgow is known as the ‘Dear Green Place’ and that is no accident. Pollok Country Park is just 5km form the city centre. Wander round its woodland walks, take a look at the old Stable courtyard and sawmill and browse the Burrell Collection, which includes just about anything from medieval trinkets to impressionist works by Cezanne and Degas.
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