Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Short Breaks in Glasgow

By Craig Walker

Glasgow is a great short break destination and is still one of the gems the city break tables of top destinations in Europe. It probably does not spring to mind as some people's first choice to visit but it should.

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and has a history stretching back to the earliest times of the stone age. Celtic druids, Romans and eventually in around 540 AD a missionary founded the first Christian church in the area. In 1175 Glasgow became a burgh of barony and in 1238 work began on the Cathedral. In the 16th and 17th centuries Glasgow became an important trading centre and there were a lot of very rich traders living in Glasgow during this time.

Glasgow is widely known today as a major shopping location with numerous shops and markets to suit those of all tastes, there is only one city in the UK with better shops and that is London. There is a great selection of restaurants, clubs, casinos, pubs and music venues throughout the city.

Another great reason to visit Glasgow is to experience on of the many festivals staged in the city throughout the year. From the International Comedy Festival to the River Festival, Glasgay, Merchant City Festival, Celtic Connections and the many others. There is always an extra reason to be in Glasgow and great entertainment is only another.

Glasgow is easy to get to and has a very busy airport with arrivals from numerous towns and cities around the UK, Europe and beyond. There are flights available with the low cost airlines offering amazingly cheap flights to and from Glasgow. Travelling by rail takes you into the centre of the city to either of the stations. The coach station is also in the city centre and like the train has regular arrivals from England and the north of Scotland. There are flights daily from all four of the airports in London and most other UK towns and cities as well.

There are lots of accommodation options in Glasgow from hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation to four and five star Glasgow hotels in the city centre. There are new hotels opening all the time as Glasgow prepares for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The weather in Glasgow can be very changeable however the people of Glasgow are used to this and shopping and entertainment can be enjoyed regardless of the weather conditions.

Glasgow has a wealth of good quality attractions to visit whilst you are here including the fantastic Kelvingrove Art Gallery, which has free entry. There is also the Science Mall, which includes the Science Centre the Glasgow Tower and the Glasgow Imax.

Less than a one hours drive away is Loch Lomond and further north is the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. You are also within an easy drive away from Stirling and Edinburgh

So what ever you are looking for Glasgow has it all from shopping, amazing nightlife, restaurants, pubs, attractions and much more. Visit Glasgow before it is no longer a discovery.

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