On the River Clyde on Scotland's west central lowlands, Glasgow is one of Europe's great cities, and one of the most beautiful. An economic powerhouse in the 19th century, Glasgow was built on wealth and innovation. Its Victorian architecture is magnificent. Many buildings were designed by local architects Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander Thomson, built to express Glasgow's standing as the British Empire's second city. That one building, Templeton's Carpet Factory, was designed to resemble the Doge's Palace in Venice, gives some idea of how wonderful this city is.
Visitors arriving on cheap flights to Glasgow will discover that the city's cultural offerings are every bit as impressive as its buildings. There are 13 museums, all offering free admission, exhibiting everything from medieval tapestries to 1950s trams.
Saving on admission fees will mean there is more money to be spent on another great Scottish passion - going out. Glaswegans are gregarious and the pubs of the city are lively year round. They also have a passion for shopping. After London, Glasgow is the UK's largest retail centre.
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