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Glasgow see + do

The decline of heavy industry in the second half of the last century did Glasgow few favors, and for a long time, "gritty" was one of the city's kinder descriptions. Cut to the 21st century, and although, thankfully, not everyone is sipping skinny soy lattes and working in new media, there is an optimistic buzz about the city. All along the Clydeside, new developments are replacing postindustrial rust; the museums and galleries are shining up a newfound sense of pride in the city's heritage, and it is all being reflected in a booming creative arts scene. Being named the European City of Culture for 1990 kick-started the rebirth of this former shipbuilding capital and revealed how much had changed—and just how stunning the skyline is. Architecture fans will appreciate the gracious Victorian buildings, the sinuous Art Nouveau designs of local son Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the formerly industrial Merchant City, now an enclave of loft apartments, designer stores, and restaurants, and a great place to wander. Ditto the West End, a prosperous, refined village of media folk, restaurants, and the Botanic Gardens.

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Art, Glasgow

The Burrell Collection has just over 9,000 pieces bequeathed to the city by shipping magnate Sir William Burrell in 1944. Works include Degas, Cézanne,...more

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow

One of the pioneers of the Modern movement, architect and celebrated local son Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) is as essential to Glasgow's fabric...more

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Museums, Glasgow

Opened in June 2011, Riverside Museum is a zinc and glass temple to transport designed by Zaha Hadid. It has over 3,000 objects and 150 interactive displays,...more

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Performing Arts, Glasgow

Dating back to 1841, City Halls reopened in January 2006 following major renovation and is now the place to hear classical music in the city. It's home to the...more

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