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GLASGOW

As a majorEuropean cultural capital, Glasgow is also agreat place to visit. Ithas been established as an excellent place to live, work, rest and play. Glasgow has avibrant nightlifewhere one can visit restaurants,pubs, clubsandcafesin the city. For a more restful pace there are a number of freeMuseums and Galleriesto choose from and over 70 parks and gardens spread across the city where you will be able to find your own personal oasis.

PLACES TO VISIT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW:HUNTERIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

University of Glasgow, http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian HYPERLINK "http://www.glasgowguide.co.uk/ta_hunterian_museum.html" \l "Map"

G12 8QQWebsite: Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am 5.00pm Sundays 11.00am - 4.00pm; Closed MondaysAdmission: freeThe Hunterian, Scotlands oldest public museum, was established through the bequest of William Hunter (17181783).In 1783 William Hunter bequeathed his substantial and varied collections to the University of Glasgow. Hunters collection is a rare survival of an eighteenth-century picture cabinet and includes masterpieces by Jean-Baptiste Simon Chardin, Philips de Koninck, Rembrandt, George Stubbs and Frans Snyders. The unrivalled Whistler collection is centred on the artists estate and includes student work, nocturnes, seascapes, street views, and portraits Scottish art from the nineteenth century to the present is well represented with important works by William McTaggart; the Glasgow Boys; Scottish Colourists; and subsequent generations, including Joan Eardley, Robin Philipson, Paolozzi (sculpture) and Christine Borland.The Mackintosh House

Hunterian Art Gallery, 82 Hillhead Street, University Of Glasgow, G12 8QQWeb: http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/collections/permanentdisplays/themackintoshhouse/The Hunterian Art Gallery houses one of the most important collections of the work of Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and his artist-wife, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (1864-1933). The couple lived at 78 Southpark Avenue (originally 6 Florentine Terrace) from 1906 to 1914. The principal interiors were decorated in his distinctive style, remarkable then, and now, for the disciplined austerity of the furnishings and decoration. The house was demolished in the early 1960s, but the original fixtures were preserved and reassembled. The architects took pains to ensure that the sequence of rooms exactly reflected the original. The interiors have been furnished with the Mackintoshes' own furniture, all to Mackintosh's design.

PLACES TO VISIT AROUND THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW:Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Argyle Street, http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/kelvingrove/Pages/default.aspx HYPERLINK "http://www.glasgowguide.co.uk/ta_kelvingrove.html" \l "Map"

G3 8AGWeb: Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am5pm

Friday and Sunday 11am5pmAdmission: freeOne of the finest civic collections in Europe is housed within this Glasgow landmark. Here you can explore collections that include everything from fine and decorative arts to archaeology and the natural world. You can admire Sir Roger the Elephant or wonder at 300-million-year-old fossils of marine life from the Glasgow area. The distinctive building that houses the collections is located in the beautiful surroundings of Kelvingrove Park in Glasgows West End. It was opened in its present form in 1902 and remains the greatest achievement in the UK of the Victorian Municipal Museum Movement. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum attracts more than one million visitors each year. It is the second most popular visitor attraction in Scotland and the most visited museum in the UK outside London.

Museum Of Transport (Riverside Museum)

100 Pointhouse Place, G3 8RSWeb: http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/riverside/Pages/default.aspxOpening Hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am5pm; Friday and Sunday 11am5pmAdmission: freeThe museum uses its collections of vehicles and models to tell the story of transport by land and sea, with a unique Glasgow flavour. Here you will find the oldest surviving pedal cycle and the finest collection in the world of Scottish-built cars, including such world famous makes as Argyll, Arrol Johnson and Albion.

The breadth of the collection is impressive, featuring all forms of transport from horse-drawn vehicles to fire engines, from motorcycles to caravans. In the Clyde Room are some 250 fascinating ship models, representing the gigantic contribution of the River Clyde and its shipbuilders and engineers to the world of maritime trade. The museum has become European Museum of the year 2013.The Tall Ship

Website: http://www.thetallship.com/index.aspxOpening hours: 10am-5pm

Admission: free

The Clyde River is renowned for its ship building heritage, with some of the most famous ships in the world being built on the river's banks. The Glenlee is a tall ship, launched onto the Clyde in 1896. After sailing throughout the world for over 80 years, the ship has returned home and is now a maritime museum. Visitors can tour the unique ship andsample a piece of Glasgow's shipbuilding past. The Tall Shop is located at The Riverside Museum.Glasgow Science Centre

50 Pacific Quay, http://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/ HYPERLINK "http://www.glasgowguide.co.uk/ta_GSC.html" \l "Map"

G51 1EAWeb: Opening hours: Monday through Sunday between 10am and 5pm

Admission: Science Mall 10.50; Planetarium Add on: 2.50; IMAX Documentary Add on: 2.50Science Mall at Glasgow Science Centre: The heart of GSC is the Science Mall. The gleaming titanium crescent overlooking the Clyde has three floors packed with exhibits, cafes and shop. Explore and discover over 300 hands-on exhibits, interactive workshops, live science shows, labs, the amazing Virtual Science Theatre, E-Learning Centre and Scottish Power Space Theatre, one of the finest planetaria in the world.

IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre: The IMAX shows 2D and 3D films that will amaze and astound you. The IMAX camera looks at the world and the universe in a different way. After seeing an IMAX film youll never see a standard cinema the same way either.

Tower at Glasgow Science Centre: The Glasgow Tower is the world's first tower capable of revolving through 360 from the ground up. Standing at over 122m (400 feet) in height, the Glasgow Tower displays on the city's past as well as future development, together with a viewing platform that can give views of some 40 mile (64 km) north and south.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS:Gallery of Modern Art

Royal Exchange Square, Queen Street, http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/goma/Pages/default.aspx HYPERLINK "http://www.glasgowguide.co.uk/ta_GoMA.html" \l "Map"

G1 3AHWeb: Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 10am5pm; Thursday 10am8pm;

Friday and Sunday 11am5pmAdmission free

GoMA is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London, offering a thought-provoking programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops. GoMA displays work by local and international artists as well as addressing contemporary social issues through its major biannual projects. Opened in 1996, the Gallery of Modern Art is housed in an elegant, neo-classical building in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Refurbished to house the citys contemporary art collection, the building is an appealing combination of old and new architecture, incorporating a number of artists commissions.

Glasgow Cathedral & Glasgow Necropolis

Castle Street/High Street, Web: http://www.glasgowcathedral.org.uk/Opening Hours:Monday - Saturday, 9.30am - 5.30pm; Sunday: 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Admission freeGlasgow Cathedral is built on the site where St Kentigern, or Mungo, the first bishop within the ancient British kingdom of Strathclyde, was thought to have been buried in AD 612. The present cathedral was built during the 13th to 15th centuries and is the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation. Glasgow Cathedral is on the eastern edge of Glasgow city centre and is accessible on foot from the centre by walking north up High Street from Glasgow Cross (Merchant city), or by going east along cathedral Street from Buchanan Street. The Necropolis is on high ground adjacent to Glasgow Cathedral and is not very accessible to anyone who has difficulty walking up steep and sometimes soft paths.

MORE: If you would like more information on Museums and Galleries in Glasgow, please visit http://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/. June launches the beginning of annual West End festival- Glasgows largest multi-cultural event. If you would like to become a part of it, please visit www.westendfestival.co.uk to find out more information on the events taking place. Glasgow is the second largest shopping centre in the UK. The city centre has three pedestrianised main thoroughfares:Sauchiehall Street, and Argyle Street, running parallel to each other and joined byBuchanan Streetwhere you can find a wide variety of store and specialty shops, including craft and antique shops to suit every taste and interest. Glasgows parks and gardens are a wonder to explore - not only can you experience a relaxing and refreshing stroll, but you can enjoysport and activities, explore fascinatingattractionsand see exotic plants. http://www.visitscotland.com/about/nature-geography/gardens-parks/glasgow