If you’re looking at getting away from the office for the weekend you could do a lot worse than visiting Glasgow – assuming you don’t already live there. One of our team recently spent some time in the city and here’s a selection of the key highlights from their trip:
George Square and Glasgow City Chambers
George square lies in the heart of the city centre, its foundations were first set in 1781 and it is surrounded by a series of architecturally important buildings including the City Chambers.
Within the square you can see a collection of Monuments and Statues, dedicated to the likes of; Sir Walter Scott, Sir Robert Peel, Robert Burns & James Watt. George Square is also a frequent scene of public meetings & political gatherings within the City.
Gallery of Modern Art
The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is Scotland’s most visited art gallery, as well as being the hub for the City’s extensive contemporary art scene. The gallery is found in the Royal Exchange Square and provides thought-provoking displays from both local and international artists, alongside events and temporary exhibitions.
Duke of Wellington Statue
The Wellington Statue is a stature of Arthur Wellesley who was the 1st Duke of Wellington. The statue was sculpted by Carlo Marochetti and erected in 1844. Recently the statue has become famous for having cones placed on its head by the public.
In 2013 the statue was raised as part of a restoration project to try and dissuade people from placing cones on the statue’s head. The cost of removal for this was estimated to be £10,000 per year.
What’s a city break without visiting a cathedral? The medieval Glasgow Cathedral manages to combine both historical & architectural interest. The Cathedral has been in use for over 800 years and also boasts one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows within the U.K.
If you happen to be looking to visit Glasgow in June next year, you should keep an eye out for the TRNSMT Festival line-up. TRNSMT is one of the U.K.’s newest festival and it is already becoming a fan favourite. Located in the centre of Glasgow – within Glasgow Green – in the past two years alone it has seen headline slots from the likes of; Kasabian, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers & Queen.
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