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  • Area: 175.5 km² (67.76 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +44 141
  • Currency: Pound Sterling - GBP (£)
  • Population (EST): 580,690
  • Official language: English, Scots
  • Time Zone: GMT (UTC0)

Glasgow - Places to Visit

Glasgow Cathedral

A rare example of an almost complete 13th century church, Glasgow Cathedral is one of the few to have escaped destruction during the Scottish Reformation. The Lower Church of the Cathedral contains the tomb of Saint Mungo, who died in 603. The Cathedral precinct is home to the St. Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art.

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Glasgow School of Art

This working art school offers guided tours of the building, and is well worth a visit. It was designed by Mackintosh and built between 1897 and 1909. The library is particularly impressive and contains all the original furnishings, except for the chairs, which have been replaced by others designed by Mackintosh.

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Hunterian Art Gallery

This gallery is home to Scotland's largest print collection and paintings by major European artists from the 16th century to the present. The gallery also houses a display dedicated to the works of the city’s most celebrated designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which includes a reconstruction of the house in which he lived from 1906 to 1914.

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The Burrell Collection

Opened in 1983, the Burrell Collection is Glasgow’s most famous art museum. The collection was amassed over 80 years by the millionaire shipowner Sir William Burrell, before being presented to the city in 1944. The collection includes art from all over the world including objects from Iraq, Egypt, Greece and Italy, the Near East, the Orient and medieval Europe. Highlights of the museum include magnificent examples of 15th century stained glass and tapestries and a self-portrait by Rembrandt.

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The Gallery of Modern Art

Located in the middle of Royal Exchange Square, The Gallery of Modern Art is a showcase for the works of living artists and benefits from interactive computers and art workshops.

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The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Home to a splendid collection of art, The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum displays works by Botticelli, Giorgione and Rembrandt. Other prominent European artists represented here, include Degas, Millet and Monet, while the Scottish Gallery contains the famous Massacre of Glencoe by James Hamilton.

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The Lighthouse

Opened in the summer of 1999, The Lighthouse is Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and the City. It offers exhibition spaces for touring and special exhibits while also housing the Mackintosh Interpretation Centre, which profiles the architect's work. Entrance to the venue also grants access to the Mackintosh Tower, which offers incredible views of the city.

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The Museum of Transport

The museum details the history of Scottish transport and includes exhibits covering the pioneer days of the Scottish motor industry. Cars on display include the first production Hillman Imp and there is also a whole series of trams to admire.

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