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Glasgow is located in the western lowlands of Scotland. This port city is well known for its beautiful Victorian architecture, rich heritage and world class culture. Today it is a home of many museums, concert halls, the National Theatre of Scotland, The Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera. Glasgow`s riverfront is very attractive and lined up with exclusive restaurants, nice bars and pubs, as well as stylish cafés. Glasgow is a great place for shopping too and only London can be compared with Glasgow in terms of designer brands, shops and boutiques. Glasgow is also a home of top art galleries such as the Gallery of Modern Art and the Burrell Collection. The Merchant City is one of the oldest districts in Glasgow, where you will also find lots of options for fine dining, shops and nice hotels.
Glasgow has a very nice climate thanks to the influences from the Gulf Stream. Spring and autumn seasons are nice and pleasant, and summer months have average temperatures above 20 C. Great thing about summer months is that July and August have almost sixteen hours of daylight, so many visitors attractions work with extended hours during that period. January is the coldest month of the year with average temperatures around 4 C.
The Gaelic meaning of Glasgow is ‘dear green place’. The area in and around the city is very picturesque. You can go on many scenic walks along the Pollok Park and the Kevin Walkway. Glasgow Botanic Gardens are a great place to visit as well, spreading on over forty acres of land. There you will find an attractive Arboretum with trees and plants from all over the world and many themed gardens such as the Children`s Garden, World Rose Garden and the Herb Garden.
Glasgow Cathedral dates back from the 13th century and is a very nice Gothic building to see. You can take a free guided tour and get familiar with the history of the building. Just opposite from the cathedral is the fantastic Necropolis. This Victorian garden cemetery has a stunning architecture well worth to be seen. Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Science Centre are two very attractive places where you can see lots of nice things. The Glasgow Tower is an impressive structure standing 127 meters high. It is the tallest building in Scotland and is the only structure in the world that can rotate 360 degrees. Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow has an impressive collection of over one million different objects, including fossils, dinosaur exhibits and mineral treasures. People`s Palace is the oldest public space in Glasgow. This impressive building is full of interesting paintings, photographs, artifacts and interactive screens. Nearby Winter Gardens should also be visited. This fantastic Victorian glasshouse contains palms, trees, exotic flowers and plants and also has a nice café.
From Glasgow you can go on a few great excursions, such as visiting the Trossachs National Park. Nearby village of New Lanark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the town of Stirling is just over half an hour drive away. In Sterling you will find a charming Old Town, a bridge from the 16th century, and a very nice ancient castle.