Glasgow is playing host to the Commonwealth Games later this month as well as the MTV Europe Music Awards in November; not far away, there’s a charming new hotel owned by tennis star Andy Murray. Glasgow’s noteworthy architecture, artistic quirks, and burgeoning music and food scenes have given the city new momentum.
Here are the top six spots that shouldn’t be missed:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The Kelvingrove features a dramatic Spanish-baroque edifice that houses one of Europe’s finest and most expansive art collections. Works from Dutch masters, French impressionists, and surrealist Salvador Dalì hang alongside contemporary installations and solar system models from the 1800s. The most-visited museum in the U.K. outside of London, the gallery also hosts daily recitals courtesy of a grand pipe organ in its soaring Centre Hall.
The interior of the 1906 Glasgow household of renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh along with his artist-wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh has been painstakingly reassembled (down for the natural light sources) into the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum and Art gallery. The design looks far in front of its time thanks to some white-and-silver color palette and emphasis on geometric design. The couple’s creative genius—and incredible love story—will depart design lovers swooning.
Honored as the 2013 European Museum of the Year, the Riverside Museum displays Scotland’s transportation history with immersive exhibits and all manner of vehicles on display: street cars, steam engines, horse carriages, cars, bicycles, and even the enormous Tall Ship. But it’s not all car talk: The Riverside also cleverly displays fashion and pop culture from each transportation era to add texture to the history of life on the go.
Scotland’s golden boy of tennis, Andy Murray, has refurbished the elegant Victorian Cromlix into a luxury hotel and superb restaurant helmed by French chef Albert Roux. Opened this spring, it’s nestled in the Scottish countryside, about a 45-minute-drive from Glasgow, and features sumptuous baths along with a chapel, trout loch, and, of course, tennis courts.
For an enchanting, slightly macabre stroll, wander 37 acres of gothic cemetery splendor at the Necropolis, sprawled on a hill next to the Glasgow Cathedral. Entered via the Bridge of Sighs, the cemetery was modeled after the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and hosted its first burial in 1832.
Vintage shopping in Glasgow’s West End
Glasgow is a paradise for vintage clothes hunters; some of the best shops for nostalgic sartorialists line West End streets. Pick up a playful new travel wardrobe at colorful shops like Starry Starry Night, Vintage Guru, and Circa Vintage.