Glasgow and Clyde Valley
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About Glasgow and The Clyde Valley
Glasgow has much to offer the visitor to Scotland with it's spectacular architecture and wild nightlife it proves to be Scotland's "funnest" city. You can experience all styles of music from live traditional Scottish music at the lively Riverside Club to the pumping dance sounds in the city's fantastic nightclubs. Of course Glasgow has a superb range of pubs, cafes and restaurants providing excellent eating and drinking.
Of course Glasgow has much more to offer those who prefer more relaxing entertainment. At the Burrell Collection you can enjoy eclectic displays of objets d'art donated to Glasgow by a shipping magnate. The Hunterian Museum is Scotland's oldest and the adjacent Hunterian Art Gallery has an amazing selection of major European works. There is also the celebrated Mackintosh House which is a recreation of th the main rooms in the architect's own former house. Read more about Glasgow...
The Clyde Valley The River Clyde was once the economic life-blood of Glasgow, in it's long-vanished days as the "Second City of the Empire". Today , the river leads you to other ways of exploring the area. You can, for example, take the Clyde Waterbus downstream to the huge Braehead shopping centre and award-winning Clydebuilt maritime museum. Or take a cruise into the outer estuary from Greenock, a good way of appreciating how close to Glasgow is to the magnificent western seaboard scenery.
A little way from the river, the major town of Paisley gave it's name to the Paisley shawl, with it's distinctive pattern, a story told in the fascinating Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, and don't forget the 12th Century Paisley Abbey.
Things to do & see around Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
New Lanark: South-west of Glasgow, the young River Clyde flows out of the hills and on it's way passes through New Lanark, the dramatic wooded and waterfall setting of a unique 18th Century industrial community. This fascinating area has been designated a World Heritage Site and it is all brought back to life in it's award-winning visitor centre which is open all year.
Chatelherault, Hamilton, is a magnificent 18th Century hunting lodge which was built for the Duke of Hamilton. The Country Park has an excellent visitor centre, exhibition gallery, adventure playground, woodland walks and a spectacular gorge. It is open all year.
The Lighthouse, Glasgow, offers a focal point for learning about Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Interpretation Centre. The Lighthouse exhibits the best local, national and international architecture and creative design. It has a stylish cafe bar and shop and is open all year.
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