Art and shopping are just two of the reasons visitors come to Glasgow. It has seen a massive regeneration in recent years and now ranks as one of the top places to visit in the UK, not only for its own attractions, but also those in the surrounding area. In Glasgow you can choose from more than twenty museums and art galleries. That's probably something you didn't expect!
The main museums and galleries in Glasgow are:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - Having been extensively refurbished, this museum contains exhibits ranging from art to archaeology and natural history.
The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery - This is in the University of Glasgow and is Scotland's oldest museum.
The Burrell Collection - Sir William Burrell left his collection of art to the City of Glasgow and it is now one of the biggest collections in the UK.
The Gallery of Modern Art - This is one of the most visited modern art galleries in the UK. It has permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Glasgow Science Centre - With a range of science and technology displays, including hands-on exhibits this has been a great addition to Glasgow's range of visitor attractions.
The Museum of Transport - This museum holds an important collection of transport artefacts, covering the history of land and water transport, including exhibits about Glasgow's shipbuilding heritage.
The People's Palace - This is the place where you can find out about the history of Glasgow and its people, from the mid 18th Century. Also on the site are the Winter Gardens.
Scotland Street School Museum - Designed by Charles Rennie Macintosh, this is one of the destinations on any Macintosh tour you would take in Glasgow. Here you can find out about the history of education in Scotland in a real school that the famous architect designed.
Glasgow Cathedral - Although not strictly a museum, the cathedral and necropolis house some important exhibits. The cathedral is a rare survivor of the reformation in the mid 16th century.
Pollok House - Very close to the city, yet offering a tranquil break from the crowds, this estate has beautifully designed and kept gardens and a house teeming with art and antiques, yet still giving an idea of how life was lived in such a house in the past.
There are also other activities in Glasgow. The city has some wonderful parks, and the shopping centres are some of the best in the UK. There are also two top class football teams and a vibrant nightlife, thanks in part to the number of students there. Having shed many of its negative images from the past, Glasgow should definitely be on your list of places to visit in the UK.
Esther is a travel blogger and writer who loves to explore the UK and Europe. She also writes a blog for the Bedouin Group.