Plan a short break to Glasgow

Date Posted: 24/08/12

Plan a short break to Glasgow

Holidaymakers heading north of the border this year may not immediately think to go to Scotland's second city Glasgow, instead heading off to the capital to the east or to the country's beautiful countryside. However, it has a wealth of fantastic reasons to visit and is well worth the trip. Follow this Glasgow guide to make the most of your stay.

Explore the People's Palace and Winter Gardens

A trip to Glasgow's premiere social history museum, the People's Palace, is a must. It gives visitors the opportunity to see the story of Glasgow's people and the city itself since 1750 to the present day.

Paints, prints and photographs and displayed alongside historic artefacts, film and interactive computer displays make up the collection. You can find out how a family lived in the average one-room tenement home in 1930s Glasgow, explore home life during the Second World War and even visit a steamie (public wash house) to see how Glaswegians did the laundry.

Get to the top of the People's Palace and you will find a historic painting series from the artist Ken Currie in 1987 that pays homage to the massacre of Calton Weavers that marked the beginning of the trade union movement that redefined working class rights.

After you've explored the People's Palace, you should not forget to discover the attached Winter Gardens where you can find the Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world and a beautiful Victorian glasshouse that contains all manner of tropical plants.

Whisky heaven at Glengoyne Distillery

No trip to Scotland would be complete without indulging in the wonderful substance the country is famous for the world over: Scotch whisky. A short journey out of Glasgow is the Glengoyne Distillery, which is reported to be the most beautiful of all the distilleries in Scotland.

Experts will take you on a tour of the site, giving you ample opportunity to taste some of its fantastic produce, including the Glengoyne ten-year, the 17-year and even the 21-year Highland Single Malt Whiskies.

There are a number of tours to choose from, so even if you just have a passing interest in whisky you can go on a shorter, cheaper tour. For the real aficionados there is a five-hour Masterclass, which claims to be the "most in-depth and comprehensive distillery tour in Scotland".

It will take you into the Glengoyne warehouses, which are not usually open to the public and explores each process behind creating whisky in much greater depth.

An evening at Tramway followed by Sub Club

If you love a bit of contemporary theatre and dancing to the music from some of the best DJs in the world, then an evening at Tramway followed by Sub Club would be perfect.

Tramway is a contemporary visual and performing arts venue in a disused tram depot in the Pollokshields area. The shows coming up in the next few months include Wonderland - Vanishing Point, which explores the invasion of pornography into popular culture, and Kabinet K i see you, a poetic diptych "about watching versus being watched".

Alongside the performance spaces, it is well worth checking out the two accompanying galleries where some of the best art in the city will be on display.

After leaving Tramway, it is about time to head to Sub Club, the city's most renowned night club that has been going strong since 1987. It has been consistently voted among the best clubs in the world, hosting huge names like LCD Soundsystem and Derrick May and even contains the largest bodysonic dancefloor in the UK.

Where to stay in Glasgow?

If you are looking for Glasgow airport hotels, then look no further than the Erskine Bridge Hotel. It is located in 18 acres of stunning parkland on the River Clyde, but is also only a few minutes from Glasgow Airport. The 177-room hotel has an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, solarium and gym, and if you're looking for a beauty treatment, then it has its very own spa.

For those holidaymakers looking for Glasgow hotels closer to the city centre, the Grand Central Hotel is the perfect choice. It was re-opened in September 2010 after an impressive £20 million refurbishment to enhance its reputation for providing excellent quality accommodation in the heart of the city.

Despite the overhaul, the Grand Central keeps hold of its brilliant character from its historic days hosting the likes of Winston Churchill, Laurel and Hardy and Frank Sinatra.

Don't forget to take a trip to the hotel's champagne bar for a few drinks overlooking the train station platforms. It's a glorious experience that is not to be missed.

Posted by Louise Millard

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