GLASGOW – THINGS TO DO
THE BURRELL COLLECTION - admission free
World-class presentation of Sir William Burrell’s personal treasure trove, set in the heart of a country park just 4 miles from the city centre. Amongst more than 8,000 diverse objects d’art are significant collections of Oriental art, 19th century French paintings, and sculpture by Epstein and Rodin.
CCA: CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS - admission free
Exceptional arts venue with a programme of relentlessly stimulating events, performances and exhibitions, including the annual Beck’s Futures show each summer. It is worth seeing for its interior architecture alone, and contains 6 galleries, an arthouse cinema, a bookshop and a funky bar/restaurant.
GALLERY OF MODERN ART - admission free
In the heart of the city, GoMA houses four floors of contemporary painting, sculpture and installations from around the world. Recent acquisitions include works by artists Christine Borland and Toby Paterson. The gallery also offers an outstanding programme of temporary exhibitions.
GLASGOW CATHEDRAL - admission free
One of Scotland’s most magnificent medieval buildings, the Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. Named after St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint, the Cathedral is built on the site of his tomb, and marks the birthplace of the city.
GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTRE - admission charge
One of Scotland’s most popular attractions. It’s impossible to see everything in one day, but it’s a lot of fun trying. Within three sleek titanium clad buildings are over 300 interactive exhibits, shows, workshops, labs, a planetarium, Scotland’s only IMAX cinema and the 127m Glasgow Tower.
THE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART - admission charge
Visit Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architectural masterpiece and see some of his breathtaking interiors, including the Mackintosh library.
HOLMWOOD - admission charge
In the leafy south side, Alexander “Greek” Thomson’s finest villa is a revelation: a picturesque adaptation of classical Greek, with rooms richly ornamented in wood, plaster and marble. The exhibition reveals Thomson as a genius who was too quickly eclipsed by Mackintosh.
HOUSE FOR AN ART LOVER - admission charge
Inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs from 1901, situated in parkland, with an exhibition of rooms, café, shop and dining facilities. There is no admission charge to the café and shop.
HUNTERIAN ART GALLERY - admission free
Extensive collections of work by the Glasgow Boys and Scottish Colourists, plus the estates of James McNeill Whistler and Charles Rennie Mackintosh – the reconstructed Mackintosh House is part of the gallery.
HUTCHESONS’ HALL - admission charge
This white Georgian building is one of the most elegant in the Merchant City. It is also home to “Glasgow Style”, a permanent gallery of homegrown designers’ work, selling everything from handbags to wallpaper by Scotland’s finest contemporary talents.
KELVINGROVE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY - admission free
This magnificent gallery has been closed for extensive renovation and is due to reopen in 2006. The art gallery houses masterpieces by Botticelli, Giorgione, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Turner, Whistler, and many others.
MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT - admission free
Kids love the huge collection of cars, buses, trams and trains, while older generations get a trip down memory lane – literally – in a recreation of a Glasgow street c. 1938. Local flavour is continued with the Clyde Room’s models of famous vessels built on the river.
POLLOK HOUSE - admission charge
A ten-minute stroll from the Burrell Collection lies this beautiful country mansion (1747). The rooms are alive with period plasterwork and furniture, and the art collection includes works by El Greco, Goya and William Blake. A real treat is the home baking in the Edwardian Kitchen restaurant which may be visited free of charge.
SCOTLAND STREET SCHOOL MUSEUM - admission free
A Charles Rennie Mackintosh building (1906) the museum now tells the story of education in Scotland from 1872 to the late 20th century.
ST MUNGO MUSEUM OF RELIGIOUS LIFE AND ART - admission free
Just a few steps from Glasgow Cathedral, this museum explores the six major faiths through art and artefacts. Amongst countless fascinating exhibits, the star attraction is undoubtedly Salvator Dali’s iconic “Christ of St John of the Cross”.
THE TALL SHIP AT GLASGOW HARBOUR - admission charge
Restored to her former glory, the s.v. Glenlee (1896) is one of only five Clydebuilt sailing ships still afloat in the world. Fascinating for adults and huge fun for children, the Ship is an ideal day out.
THE WILLOW TEAROOMS - admission free
Enjoy breakfast, light meals, tea or coffee in the original Mackintosh tearoom, with recreations of the Room de Luxe and gallery
CLOSE TO GLASGOW – THINGS TO DO
LOCH LOMOND SHORES – admission charge to exhibition only
Situated on the stunning banks of Loch Lomond this is the gateway to Scotland’s first national park. A day out for all the family with a variety of shopping and leisure experiences.
GLENGOYNE DISTILLERY – admission charge
Visitors can tour this 150-year-old distillery and learn the secrets behind malting, mashing, fermentation and distillation before tasting the end product.
HILL HOUSE – admission charge
This is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece. Most of the original furniture and fittings are still in place. The gardens command views over the Clyde.
NEW LANARK WORLD HERITAGE VILLAGE – admission charges to exhibitions only
An industrial heritage village founded in 1785 by Scottish industrialist David Bale. This cotton mill village became famous as the site of Robert Owen’s model community. It is now fully restored both as a living community and a visitor attraction with a millworker’s house, village store and school.
SUMMERLEE HERITAGE PARK – admission charge
Based around the site of a 19th century ironworks, the park features an electric tramway offering rides on modern and open topped trams. There is also an under cover exhibition hall with working machinery and a recreated mine and miners’ cottages.