Why Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Discover Glasgow, Scotland’s city of style, where you can find world-class attractions, museums and galleries, stunning architecture, works by renowned designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and one of the best city centre shopping experiences in the UK. Beyond the city, you’ll find lush countryside, great family days out and a wealth of fascinating history as you follow the path of the River Clyde.

History and Heritage

Greater Glasgow and The Clyde Valley has a fascinating history. Find out about life in Scotland's largest city over hundreds of years and the industries which have developed in the Clyde Valley. Visit a variety of attractions which bring the region’s past vividly to life at museums, galleries, visitor centres and more. Find out all about the timeline of Greater Glasgow and The Clyde Valley, a region which stretches back to the earliest times, although not much is known before the sixth century when St Kentigern settled in the city. Museums in the city and in the Clyde Valley illustrate the history with displays, artefacts and collections from Roman times to more modern industries including shipbuilding. Discover a mix of architecture throughout the region including the Victorian buildings of the City Chambers, Tenement House and the neo-Gothic splendour of the University of Glasgow.

Activities and Attractions

With a wide range of activities and attractions across Glasgow and Clyde Valley there is plenty to keep you busy on your visit. With two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the beautiful city of Glasgow your visit will be packed full of stunning attractions. The Antonine Wall, nearly 2000 years old, was the North-West frontier of the Roman Empire and you can walk along the ancient turf ramparts that housed the military base. The second World Heritage Site at New Lanark, an eighteenth century restored cotton mill village on the banks of the River Clyde is a stunning example of a cotton spinning village. If you’re looking for attractions closer to the city the Glasgow Science Centre is one of the must see attractions with hundreds of interactive exhibits and activities. In the afternoon why not head to the Glasgow Cathedral to observe one of the finest post war collections of stained glass windows in Britain. If you’re looking for a tranquil walk away from the city Dean Castle Country Park is a fantastic location for a day in the countryside enjoying a walk or picnic with friends and family. With a huge range of other activities and attractions you’re spoilt for choice in Glasgow and Clyde Valley.

Food and Drink

Every taste and budget is catered for in Greater Glasgow and The Clyde Valley when it comes to food and drink, with a collection of fantastic restaurants, bars, cafés and pubs. From first class dining to charming pubs, arty cafés to authentic Scottish restaurants, this area offers the best food and drink experiences. If you're inspired by the flavours discovered in the region's restaurants, then pick up your own ingredients at a wide variety of farmers' markets, farm shops and delis which boast fresh Scottish and international produce. After a hearty meal, a great way to finish off the evening is with a locally produced drink. Discover a surprising range of malts and ales which are created in the area. Come and experience fantastic food and drink and uncover the true taste of Greater Glasgow and The Clyde Valley.

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