Thursday, 19 December 2013

Spotlight On Glasgow

It may not hold the title of Scotland's capital city. It does however hold the reputation for being the most down to earth, fun packed city. Working class to the core, ballsy, friendly and with a great sense of humour, Glaswegians and the city itself will afford you a hearty welcome.

Glasgow is undergoing a huge and rapid regeneration. The Victorian architecture is joined by sleek, modern buildings, a strong maritime history, cutting edge bars and restaurants, excellent museums and a world class live music scene. Some great things to do during your stay are:

Vintage Shopping

If you love all things vintage, you can't go wrong in Glasgow. Head to Saratoga Trunk, a huge warehouse literally crammed full of items every vintage buyer will love from Victorian pieces right up to objects from the 1990s. Vintage Guru is home to some fabulous designer vintage pieces, Mr Ben's is great for 70s and 80s finds and, of course, a visit to The Glasgow Vintage Co is a must while you're in town.

The Tall Ship

Renowned for its ship building heritage, Glasgow is home to the Tall Ship at Riverside exhibit - the main attraction being the barque Glenee, one of five Clyde build ships left today and now a museum piece. The Tall Ship is dedicated to the preservation of the Glenee and the maritime history of the area. It provides a year round programme of talks and activities for visitors and every inch of the Glenee can be explored on your visit here. There's also a mini cinema and play area in the cargo hold so it's great for young children too.

The Willow Tea Rooms

One of Glasgow's main attractions, this Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed art deco tea room is a wonderful place to visit for afternoon tea. You can enjoy a delightful traditional afternoon tea in these stunning surroundings which will include a selection of sandwiches, scones with strawberry jam & clotted cream, crumbly shortbread and cake from - all accompanied by your choice of loose leaf tea or freshly ground coffee.

Image from the Visit Scotland website.

The Corinthian Club

For a unique dining experience in Glasgow, you simply must try the Corinthian Club, which was originally the Glasgow Ship Bank, before being converted into a court and later a stunning restaurant, bar and entertainment venue. The beautiful Victorian interiors won’t fail to wow you, along with the delicious food and fabulous cocktails. This huge building is home to a variety of different venues from the nightclub and meeting rooms in the basement, stunning bars, a casino and a brasserie on the ground floor and cocktail bars and private dining rooms on the first floor, to rooms perfect for events up on the second and third floors. This place simply has to be seen to be believed.

Whatever brings you to Glasgow, you're sure to have an amazing time in this friendly up and coming city. All you need to do is book one of the Travelodge hotels in Glasgow and head off for a Scottish city break you won’t forget.

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