Cultural Glasgow Vacations

Edinburgh many be Scotland’s capital, and it may also be Scotland’s number one vacation destination but the sad fact is that many of the annual visitors to this fine city are missing the opportunity of visiting the fantastic nearby city of Glasgow.

The number of people taking city breaks and weekend breaks in Glasgow is increasing each year but the majority of visitors are arriving to enjoy the city’s fantastic nightlife. Below I shall introduce you to three of the multitude of places to visit if your tastes are more cultural.

The Glasgow School of Art: The building was originally founded in 1845 as the Glasgow Government School of Design, but in 1853 the school changed it’s name to The Glasgow School of Art. Originally it was located at 12 Ingram Street, but moved in 1869 to the McLellan Galleries. In 1897 work began on a new building to house the school on Renfrew Street. It was this new building that Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed, which was completed in 1909. The school actually spreads across 10 buildings, and it is The Mackintosh Building, or ‘The Mac’, as it is affectionately known, that is the heart of the campus. The Mackintosh Building also houses the Mackintosh gallery, which holds many different exhibitions throughout the year.

The Willow Tea Rooms: It was Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who designed the world famous Willow Tea Rooms, in Glasgow. The tea rooms were a collaboration between Mackintosh and Catherine Cranston, a local business woman, whose father was a Glasgow tea merchant. The tea rooms were located in Sauchiehall Street, and opened for business in October 1903. The name for the tea rooms was derived from Sauchiehall; ‘saugh’, being the Scots word for a willow tree, and ‘haugh’, the Scot’s word for meadow. The tea rooms were the only building where Mackintosh had complete control over every aspect of the design. Mackintosh designed the exterior, all the interior decorations, the waitresses’ uniform, furniture, cutlery, and even the menus.

The Museum of Transport: The Glasgow Museum of Transport Technology is located in the Kelvin Hall, opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the West End of Glasgow City. Kelvin Hall was built in 1927, and originally used as an exhibition centre. In 1987 the use was converted to house the Museum of Transport and the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena. It one of the most popular museums of transport in the UK attracting 500,000 visitors a year. The museum houses many exhibits of national and international importance. All forms of transport are featured, from horse-drawn vehicles to fire engines, from motorcycles to caravans, even toy cars and prams.

Of course there are a great many more cultural attractions in Glasgow so when you are next planning a Scottish vacation you should investigate this stimulating city further. One final word is that you may have difficulty finding hotel vacancies at times so it is well worth booking your accommodation at the earliest opportunity.