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Glasgow travel guide

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You're Going to Love Glasgow

Glasgow regularly appears among the top 10 "must-visit" tourist destinations and with good reason: Scotland's largest city has plenty to offer and will put a smile on everyone's face.

The summer months can be a particularly inviting time to visit; perfect for exploring beautiful open spaces like Kelvingrove Park and the Botanic Gardens.

Catch a show at the Armadillo or walk across the Squiggly Bridge; everything seems to have an alternative local name in Glasgow, including the iconic Sir Norman Foster-designed Clyde Auditorium (the former) and the Tradeston Pedestrian Bridge (the latter).

Glasgow is a great choice for couples, families, and everyone in between thanks to its dozens of don't-miss events and attractions.

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When to Visit Glasgow

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Peak season from June to August is considered the best time to visit Glasgow. The Christmas and New Year period is also busy and visitors come for Christmas shopping sprees and seasonal events like the Glasgow Santa Dash and the New Year celebrations. Plan a stay in spring (March to May) or fall (September to October) and you'll be rewarded with low season rates and fewer crowds.

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Where to Stay in Glasgow

Try a luxury boutique hotel like Malmaison or splash out on a stay at Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, an exclusive hotel that is popular with visiting stars and celebrities. Other upmarket hotels include Hilton, Radisson Blu, Marriott, and the Grand Central Hotel while Ibis, Jurys Inn and the Victorian House are good mid-range options. Those on a budget might choose hostel accommodation like EuroHostel or Blue Sky or a bed and breakfast hotel like 1883 or Amadeus. Accommodation ranges from £150 per night in luxury hotels to £45 for mid-range chains.

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Shopping Streets

To say you'll be spoiled for choice in Glasgow's famous Style Mile is an understatement. As well as upscale brands like Hobbs, Fat Buddha, Thomas Pink, Monsoon, and Coast, style-conscious shoppers can explore unique outlets like Wish Boutique or leading department stores like Fraser's in Buchanan Street. Head to the West End for vintage boutiques like Retro or Vintage Guru, or pop into West End institution Charles Clinkard where stylish Glaswegians have been buying shoes for over 90 years. Be sure to spend some time at the city's famous Barrowland market where traders sell everything from art and antiques to clothing and electronics.

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Supermarket chains like Morrison's, Sainsbury's, and Tesco are well represented and you can expect to pay £0.98 for a quart of full milk or £2.70 for a dozen large eggs. Visit West End delicatessens like Delizique, Bernard Corrigan, and George Mewes for quality fresh produce and pick up toiletries and cosmetics in pharmacy chains like Boots and Superdrug.

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Where to Eat in Glasgow

Contrary to popular belief, you're unlikely to find deep-fried Mars bars in the city's famous chip shops. However, the Ubiquitous Chip in Kelvinside serves excellent fries and dishes with a traditional slant. Their signature starter of venison haggis with champit tatties and their oatmeal ice cream are delicious. Seafood fans should make a reservation at the Finnieston on Argyle Street where West Kilbride oysters and blue shell Shetland mussels are often on the menu. There are also excellent curry houses all over the city. Splash out at Koolba or tuck into chicken tikka masala at Asmaan. Dinner for two can range from £20 in moderately priced restaurants to £80 in the city's finest establishments.

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