Glasgow is one of Europe's most exciting destinations; combining the energy and sophistication of a great international city with some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery.
Named by Lonely Planet as one of the world's top ten must-see cities (2009), Glasgow is home to more than twenty world class museums and art galleries. The city's impressive portfolio includes the internationally renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum - Scotland's most visited free tourist attraction. With its eclectically arranged, eye-catching exhibits, it is one of the largest and most popular museums in the UK. The city's famous Burrell Collection is also not to be missed and the Hunterian, attached to the 15th century University of Glasgow, is the oldest public museum in Scotland.
Glasgow's iconic new Riverside Museum, a breathtaking landmark building on the banks of the River Clyde, is a fitting home for the city's world-class transport collection. The building's dramatic design is award-winning architect Zaha Hadid's interpretation of the city and the river. The Tall Ship SV Glenlee will also be permanently berthed beside the Riverside Museum.
Barcelona has Gaudi, Chicago has Frank Lloyd Wright - Glasgow has the Art Nouveau magic of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. His innovative and influential style can be seen throughout the city, and includes The Glasgow School of Art. No visit is complete without experiencing his work.
The city's unique style is stamped on its year-round events programme, which offers live performances, festivals and entertainment fifty-two weeks of the year. The recent designation as a UNESCO City of Music has firmly set the seal on Glasgow's reputation as one of Europe's premier cultural capitals. Glasgow is home to more than 100 cultural organisations including Scotland's national orchestra, theatre, opera and ballet companies, and is also blazing an internationally acclaimed trail in contemporary art, design and music.
Glasgow is easy to get to, with three international airports offering direct access from over 100 destinations, and the closest airport, Glasgow Airport, is just 15 minutes drive from the city centre. The city also offers an outstanding choice of accomodation, all within easy reach of conference venues, shopping, restaurants and attractions.
And just beyond lies some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery. Ancient castles, quaint distilleries, tranquil lochs, world-class golf courses and miles of unspoilt coastline are all a short journey from the city centre.
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