Glasgow city break ideas

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Once considered the roughest city in Scotland, Glasgow has done a lot to clean up its image and become an attractive place for tourists. Now filled with beautiful parks, great museums and an abundance of shopping districts, it’s fast becoming a popular destination. Here’s our pick of things to do in Glasgow on a short city break.

Festivals in Glasgow

There are a number of amazing festivals in Glasgow and not just in summer. January hosts the Celtic Connections music festival for 2 weeks from around the 19th January. Some fantastic bands fill the line-up with other fringe events taking place around the city

Started in 1987, the Glasgow Jazz Festival in July is a great chance to see musicians from around the world play in 9 different venues, all with one ticket. The line-up is impressive and after 26 years of jazz in Glasgow the festival is a celebration of the jazz scene in the city.

There’s also the World Pipe Band Championships in mid-August, if Scottish bag pipes are your thing.

Museums in Glasgow

There’s a real eclectic mix of museums in Glasgow. Check out the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where you’ll see a Spitfire plane among the 8000 other items there. The Riverside Museum tells the history of Glasgow’s once mighty ship building industry.

There’s also the Festival of Museums in May where a number of museums in the city will host free activities and exhibitions. Usually around the 19th May for 2 days. Check out the official website.

Parks and walks in Glasgow

One thing Glasgow has a lot of is parks. Over 70 in fact and there’s an amazing array of peaceful places to stroll. Victoria Park and King’s Park are two of our favourites. You can also do a number of great walking tours through the industrial centre of Glasgow, the shipyards and the Roman origins. There’s a great list of trails with maps available from the Historic Glasgow website.

Weather in Glasgow

Unlike many other parts of Scotland, Glasgow enjoys a fairly stable and mild climate. Average temperatures in summer are around 20C with July being the best month when temperatures can peak at 30C during rare heat-waves. You can still expect very changeable weather so make sure you’re prepared for that sunny day to suddenly be replaced with wind and rain.

Getting to Glasgow

Glasgow has an International Airport just 10 miles outside the city.  With flights from most major English and Irish Airports it’s a very accessible city. There are also national bus services even from london that bring you in to the heart of the city. Glasgow’s Central Train Station means it’s quick and easy to get from England.

Once you’re in the city there’s a great bus service and a small subway service to many of the central attractions.