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Weekend Breaks to Glasgow

Planning a short break to Glasgow? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Glasgow. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Glasgow. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

George Square

This is the centre of the city and is dominated by the City Chambers which were opened by Queen Victoria in 1888. The most imposing statue in the square is that of Sir Walter Scott, along with Victoria, Albert and Robert Burns.

The Banqueting Hall which is lavishly decorated is open to the public on most week days.

Botanic Gardens, Great Western Road

Open daily from 7am to dusk, these gardens cover an area of 40 acres and are renowned for their extensive collection of tropical plants and herb gardens, orchids and begonias. The greenhouses are open between March and October from 10am to 4.45pm and in November to February from 10am to 4.15pm. Admission to the gardens is free.

Linn Park

Clarkston Road – Covering an area of 212 acres this pine and woodland park offers nature trails, pony rides for the children, an old snuff mill, children’s zoo and scenic walks along the river. Open daily from 8am to dusk, just hop on bus numbers 24 or 36 from downtown Glasgow, to get you there.

The Waverley

From the last week in June through to the end of August and depending on the weather conditions, this, the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, conducts 1 day trips from Anderston Quay in Glasgow to historic and scenic sites beyond the Firth of Clyde. Along the way you will see what were once the huge shipyards which turned out many of the world’s ocean liners. Pack a picnic lunch to be enjoyed on board or enjoy a lunch at the Waverley Restaurant. Booking is essential, so give Waverley Excursions a call on 0141 221 8152.

Mercat Walks, George Square

For a tour with a difference, this is a must. Leaving between 7 and 8pm nightly, from the tourist information centre, you will be taken on a ghostly and ghoulish trip around the city to encounter a parade of hangmen, ghosts, murderers and body snatchers that have been re-created by historians to show the macabre side of the city, from the past. The tour takes approximately 1 ½ hours and costs $12 for adults and $8.80 for students and children.

Royal Bank Glasgow Jazz Festival

Open from the last week in June through to the first week in July, this festival attracts some of the world’s best jazz artists. Although some events are free and announced in the newspaper, tickets can be bought from the ticket office at Candleriggs.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the event, visit them on www.jazzfest.co.uk

Burrell Collection

Left to the city of Glasgow by Sir William Burrell this museum houses thousands of treasures collected by the owner who had a lifelong passion for art. He started collecting at the age of 14 and continued to do so until he died at the age of 96. From Chinese ceramics, French paintings, tapestries, stain-glass church windows, stone doorways from the Middle Ages, the exhibits go on and on. Located at Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollok Road, bus numbers 45,48 or 57 will take you there from downtown Glasgow.

Admission is free and to find out more, visit the website www.glasgowmuseums.com

Cathedral of St. Kentigern

Also known as St. Mungo’s, it was consecrated in 1136, burned down in 1192 and rebuilt soon after. The vaulted crypt is said to the finest in Europe holds St. Mungo’s tomb, where a light always burns. The interior of the church is filled with intricate details carved by craftspeople from years gone by. Located on Cathedral Square, Castle Street, admission is free.

Glasgow Necropolis

For the best view of the cathedral cross the Bridge of Sighs into the graveyard which contains almost every type of architecture in the world. Opened in 1832 and dominated by a statue of John Knox, this is a fascinating place to visit.

Amaryllis, One Devonshire Gardens Hotel

Said to be the finest restaurant in Glasgow, the venue creates an aura of the Edwardian Age with drinks served in the elegant drawing room and dinner served amid Victoriana.

Pot roast rump of lamb with truffle and potato puree and braised shallots, creamy risotto flavoured with spring onions and fresh herbs and Parmesan or fried filet of sea bream are just a few of the dishes on the interesting menu.

Reservations are required so give them a call on 0141 337 3434

Details are on onedevonshiregardens.co.uk

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Ghost Events Scotland

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