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Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionThe Burrell Collection
The Burrell Collection
When Sir William Burrell and his wife, Constance, Lady Burrell, gifted his collection of over 9,000 works of art to Glasgow, the city acquired one of the greatest collections created by one person. William Burrell had been an art collector since his teens, and the collection is made up of a vast array of works of all periods and from all over the world...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionGallery of Modern Art
Gallery of Modern Art
GoMA is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London, offering a thought-provoking programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops. GoMA displays work by local and international artists as well as addressing contemporary social issues through its major biannual projects...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionGlasgow Cathedral & Necropolis
              Glasgow Cathedral
              Glasgow Necropolis

Glasgow Cathedral is built on the site where St Kentigern, or Mungo, the first bishop within the ancient British kingdom of Strathclyde, was thought to have been buried in AD 612. The present cathedral was built during the 13th to 15th centuries and is the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation virtually complete...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionGlasgow Science Centre & Tower & IMAX
Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre is one of the most exciting and challenging projects in Scotland in recent years. The Centre aims to promote public awareness of the importance of science and technology - and we can only succeed through the efforts and expertise of staff...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionHunterian Museum and Art Gallery

In 1783 William Hunter bequeathed his substantial and varied collections to the University of Glasgow. They were ‘to be well and carefully packed up and safely conveyed to Glasgow and delivered to the Principal and Faculty of the College of Glasgow to whom I give and bequeath the same to be kept and preserved by them and their successors for ever.... in such sort, way, manner and form as .... shall seem most fit and most conducive to the improvement of the students of the said University of Glasgow...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
(Reopened following refurbishment on 11th July 2006)
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
One of the finest civic collections in Europe is housed within this Glasgow landmark. Here you can explore collections that include everything from fine and decorative arts to archaeology and the natural world. The number of individual items in the natural history department alone is vast...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionThe Lighthouse

The Lighthouse, Scotland's first, dedicated, national centre for architecture and design, was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth in July 1999. The Lighthouse is the renamed £13 million ($20 million) conversion of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 1895 Glasgow Herald newspaper office. The centre's vision is to develop the links between art, design and architecture, seeing these as interconnected social, educational, economic and cultural issues of concern to everyone. Since opening the centre has welcomed over 700,000 visitors...

Martyrs' School

              Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Martyrs' School is a hidden architectural gem that deserves to be better known. It is one of the earliest buildings by Glasgow's most famous and influential architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). When the school was commissioned in 1895 Mackintosh was a junior assistant with Honeyman and Keppie, having just completed his apprenticeship...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionMcLellan Galleries
(Now closed - exhibits relocated to Kelvingrove, above)
McLellan Galleries
Built in 1856, the Galleries are named after their builder, Archibald McLellan. Following his death, Glasgow City Corporation bought the building, and it was used as an exhibition space. In the 1980s the Galleries were ravaged by fire, but re-opened in 1990, following a £3 million restoration...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionMuseum Of Transport
Museum Of Transport
The Museum of Transport in the Kelvin Hall is one of the most popular museums of transport in the British Isles, attracting half a million visitors a year. Founded in 1964, it houses many exhibits of national and international importance. The museum uses its collections of vehicles and models to tell the story of transport by land and sea, with a unique Glasgow flavour...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionPeople's Palace and Winter Gardens
People's Palace and Winter Gardens
              Doulton Fountain
                     Now with the fully refurbished Doulton Fountain.

The People's Palace is Glasgow's social history museum and a chance to see the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present. You can see paintings, prints and photographs displayed alongside a wealth of historic artefacts, film and computer interactives. On the top floor is the Glasgow history painting series made by artist Ken Currie in 1987...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionPollok House and Country Park
Pollok House
Pollok Estate has been the home of the Maxwell family since the mid-13th century. The current house is an impressive 18th century mansion, filled with wonderful collections of Spanish art, antique furniture, silverware and ceramics, and an impressive library. A visit to Pollok House offers a snapshot of life in a country house, yet only minutes away from the city...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionProvand's Lordship
Provand's Lordship
At Provand's Lordship you can step back into Glasgow's past in the only house to survive from the medieval city. Now open to the public, Provand's Lordship has been extensively restored to give a real flavour of life in medieval Glasgow. The house was built in 1471 as part of St Nicholas's Hospital by Andrew Muirhead, Bishop of Glasgow, and you can still see the bishop's coat of arms on the eastern side of the south gable...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionScotland Street School Museum

Scotland Street School Museum presents the history of education in Scotland as a genuine school experience. The museum, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1903 and 1906, is also an essential destination for Mackintosh enthusiasts and all those interested in the history of design. At the museum you can learn the story of Scotland Street Public School and the developments in education in Scotland...

Glasgow Guide Recommended AttractionSt Mungo Museum Of Religious Life & Art
St Mungo Museum Of Religious Life & Art
This unique museum explores the importance of religion in people's lives across the world and across time. The building, which stands on the site of the medieval Bishop's Castle, was opened in April 1993. The aim of the museum is to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and none...

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