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Glasgow is one of the largest cities in UK and a key economic and historic centre. The city has undergone a lot of regeneration and is recognized today for its rich history, architecture, culture and music.

The city centre is where most of the attractions, entertainment and shopping is located in Glasgow. West End is a bohemian area with many bars, restaurants, cafes as well as the Kelvingrove Museum. North Side had originally been an industrial area but has been regenerated. Today it is home to impressive structures like the Riverside Museum, Science Centre and Clyde Auditorium.

Glasgow is known for its diverse architecture. From the medieval era, the only two remaining landmarks in the city include St Mungo's Cathedral and Provand's Lordship. The city has an impressive collection of Victorian architecture with buildings like the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, University of Glasgow and Glasgow City Chambers. The city is also home to a very large number of theatres like the Citizens Theatre, Theatre Royal and King's Theatre.

Throughout the year there are a number of festivals and events celebrated in Glasgow. Some of the most popular festivals in the city include the World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgay, Merchant City Festival, West End Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow Fair, Jazz Festival and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

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1. Burrell Collection
2060 Pollokshaws Road, Pollok Country Park
What is it? Glasgow's top cultural attraction was donated by the shipping magnate Sir William Burrell in 1944. Over his lifetime he amassed more than 8,000 works of art, 3,000 of which are displayed at any one time. The collection includes hundreds of sculptures, drawings and paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries, some notable medieval European tapestries, as well as artefacts from Arabia and the Orient. The collection is housed in an ugly, purpose-built building set in the sedate surroundings of Pollok Country Park. Within walking distance is Pollok House, which contains a fine collection of Spanish paintings including works by Goya, Murillo and El Greco. The Edwardian house is the ancestral home of the Maxwell family, who donated the house and the collection to the National Trust in 1966. Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm; Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm Phone:(0)141 287 2550



2. Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Exchange Square
What is it? Located in a former Grecian style mansion in the heart of the city, near George Square and Buchanan Street, the Gallery of Modern Art displays Glasgow's extraordinary range of post-war art and design. Glasgow's most recent gallery, it was opened in 1996 and includes works by Niki de Saint Phalle, David Hockney, Sebastiao Salgado, Andy Warhol and Eduard Bersudsky as well as Scottish artists such as John Bellany and Ken Curry. Hours of Operation: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm Phone:(0)141 229 1996



3. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
What is it? Glasgow's principal art gallery and museum, the Kelvingrove is one of Scotland's most popular free attractions. This imposing red sandstone building, opened in 1901, houses a superb collection of paintings by, among others, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso as well as an impressive display of European armour, military weapons and prehistoric relics. The main attraction is a room dedicated to the works of the 19th-century architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh who studied at the Glasgow School of Art and designed many of the city's great Art Nouveau buildings. Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm Phone:(0)141 276 9599



Glasgow holidays - Top Events


1. Glasgow International Comedy Festival

From 2007-03-08

To 2007-03-24

What is it? The Glasgow International Comedy Festival is about more than just stand-up, featuring an extensive programme spanning all forms of comedy with something to suit all tastes and ages. There are live stand-up shows by some of the biggest names in comedy, as well as character acts, political satirists, classic family variety acts, children's entertainment, workshops, and comedy film classics and theatre. Where is it? Various



2. West End Festival

From 2007-06-01

To 2007-06-30

What is it? Every summer the Bohemian West End becomes the stage for performances, music, film, exhibitions and street parties. Festival Sunday is the highlight of the celebrations with the famous Midsummer Carnival and Street Party taking over Byres Road in a swirling procession of colour and dancing, as well as a variety of other activities in the area. The day is filled with street theatre, funfair rides and stalls, comedy shows, a farmer's market, art fairs and music performances, and regular features such as Shakespeare in the Park. Where is it? Various



3. Royal Bank Glasgow Jazz Festival

From 2007-06-22

To 2007-07-01

What is it? One of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe, the Glasgow Jazz Festival infects the small Merchant City area with a celebratory atmosphere, spilling out onto the streets from the bars in the neighbourhood and from the main open-air stage in George Square. Musicians from around the world flock to the city to take part in lively concert performances that have attracted huge crowds over the years. Where is it? Merchant City




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