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How to Spend a Weekend With a Difference in Glasgow

Glasgow hasn't always had the best reputation but it's time to put those dated stereotypes aside and plan a trip to what's become one of the UK's most exciting cities.
Easily accessible by train or bus from most places within the UK and served by two international airports, Glasgow is on track to establishing itself as an ultimate weekend destination.
With so much to see and do, make it a long weekend...
The centre of town is dominated by high street and upmarket shops all housed in beautiful historic buildings.
Worth spending a few hours in, Glasgow city centre provides a few surprises too.
Sauchiehall Street is lined with pubs and clubs that pull in the crowds over the weekend.
The dingy looking Renfield Lane is actually home to some of the trendiest pubs in town.
King Street is another great one to visit for hip bars with vegan menus, and some of the best vintage shops.
The Merchant City area is full of great lunch and dinner haunts, as well as some late night locales.
It's home to the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art too.
In the centre you'll also come across the CCA and Trongate 103 art centres.
A short walk away from the town centre you'll find Glasgow Cathedral.
The medieval treasure has gathered worshippers for over 800 years.
Alongside it lies the dauntingly named Necropolis that's a Victorian garden cemetery with fantastic panoramic views across the city.
Be sure to leave time to explore the area where photo ops are endless.
To the west of the city you'll find the much loved West End area that's a particular favourite among Glasgow's bohemian student community.
Here you'll find the Botanic Garden where kids and adults alike will love the opportunity to walk among a range of exotic plants, and feed the fearless squirrels.
Nearby streets around Byres Road and Great Western Road are well worth exploring, dotted with pleasant pubs, quirky charity shops and greasy spoon type cafes.
Ashton Lane deserves its own mention as it's one of the city's true treasures - a cobbled lane full of excellent eateries and complete with its own arty cinema.
After a visit to Ashton Lane, take the time to walk around its neighbour, the stunning Glasgow University campus nestled on a hill overlooking the city.
Next door you'll find Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum that's free to enter and provides hours of entertainment.
A short stroll away is the brand new Riverside Museum housing the old transport museum's collections and an array of new additions telling stories about Glasgow.
If you're not too tired to head out in the evening, locals will recommend you complete the Clockwork Orange pub crawl that involves hopping off the Glasgow subway at every stop and having a drink at the pub nearest to the station.
With 15 stops, the subway isn't as extensive as you might think but caution is recommended nevertheless, particularly if choosing highly potent drinks.
You might also want to avoid certain areas and pubs that aren't of the friendliest kind.
Opt to complete only a certain part of the challenge and continue your night in one of the many bars or clubs in the city centre or West End.
With such a busy agenda, you'll need a good night's sleep.
Choose a comfortable Glasgow hotel close to transport links and within walking distance of some of the city's best attractions.

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