Guide To Holidaying In Angus
A guide by Tasha Sewell
As Scotland's largest city and the UK's third largest, you can imagine how must Glasgow have had to change over the years to accommodate for all of its residents! This is one of the many reasons you can keep coming back and never get bored. This city oozes cosmopolitan charm and sophistication throughout, in terms of architecture, showcases and award-winning visitor attractions. The city centre and suburbs are home to major retail outlets that will keep you occupied for hours.
Testimony to Glasgow's rich cultural diversity and heritage it is evident in each of the city's 13 museums, that unveil various episodes of Glasgow's history: from its establishment as a medieval village on the north bank of the river Clyde to its economic prosperity and mercantile origins in the 17th and 18th centuries. Also the industrial revolution and engineering era through to 21st century Glasgow. Glasgow is renowned for being one of Europe's foremost service and business centres. Glasgow Green is the city's oldest park and embraces The People's Palace which embarks on the history of Glasgow's people and society from the earliest origins and is a must see while you explore 'Scotland's Cultural Capital'.
Glasgow was originally a small fishing village, which soon became a missionary outpost and then a major religious and academic centre. The city did not take off until the 18th century when trading began with the US and the ship building industry was born.
To the north west of Glasgow is the School of Art, which doubles up, also being Charles Rennie Mackintosh's architectural masterpiece. This is easily visited by embarking on an always-unique student-led guided tour.
To the west is the Bohemian University area, with impressive gothic Revival buildings, which look over the River Clyde and where Finnieston Crane stands as a reminder of the once- robust ship building industry that used to stand there. The west-end also caters for the lethargic with leafy avenues, cool cafes and public parks.
The Barras is located to the south, and it the city's oldest market town, which lacks the polished veneer of main shopping areas, but is full of character and charm.
Pollock Park incorporates Pollock House, which is set in a stunning location next to the river. The large areas tempt walkers and picnickers to loose themselves in the surrounding fields with the herds of Highland Cows. Also, the park contains the Burrell collection housed in a stunning contemporary building.
Head for Strathclyde Park, where you will find M&D's, a huge fairground with the first ever spinning roller coaster! Great for the kids and you can keep you occupied by taking a look around the park itself, with its Roman bathhouse ruins and the international rowing loch. Or go and visit Scotland's biggest indoor shopping complex in East Kilbride and flash some plastic!
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