Let me continue with my love for Glasgow ramble. Glasgow has a rich and varied architectural heritage. The city's wealthy past has left a legacy of some of the finest Victorian architecture like the iconic City Chambers which sits majestically overlooking George Square – the heart of the city.
Glasgow Cathedral is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture I have ever seen in Scotland and adjacent to the Cathedral is the mesmerising Necropolis – a cemetery which is generally a sad place to be, but nor this one… it’s full of wonderful sculptures and fascinating stories. We managed to tick off all 3 and I will explain these plus more below.
George Square – we stopped here to take some photos, immerse ourselves in this fantastic architecture and also managed to get a fantastic dinner deal that evening at the Millennium hotel where we sat in their conservatory – essentially a glass room , private to just us which overlooks the square and the heart of the action. It was wonderful and the food was also pretty special – highly recommend!
City Chambers - Situated in the famous George Square the City Chambers act as the home to Glasgow City Council. You can take a free guided tour through the building at either 10.30am, or 2.30pm on weekdays, but unfortunately, they aren’t available at the weekend when we were there so try and go through the week as it has a fantastic marble staircase and beautiful architecture! With a ballroom that appears to have stepped out of another century, and 2 spires with decorated dome ceilings.
Glasgow Cathedral – This is 100% an absolute must do! Pretty much most of the medieval cathedrals that exist throughout the United Kingdom are now ruins, so take advantage of this one! It has been used for worship for more than 800 years and has one of the largest collections of post-war stained glass windows. You can see the brilliant arches, hand carved pews and memorial pieces that are dotted on every wall. It is simply stunning, and I loved being able to wander through…even better -IT’S FREE!
Duke of Wellington statue – HAHA, now this one is an iconic Glasgow emblem, the equestrian Duke Of Wellington statue is the city's pride and joy. Full of history, erected in 1844 as a tribute to Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. However, overshadowing the Duke, is that some local legend has placed an orange traffic cone on the statue’s head acting as his hat! Bloody excellent!
Other must do’s in Glasgow would be to see a live Bagpiper who are pretty much everywhere on Buchanan street, stop in and get a can of Irn Bru and a ‘Gregg’s’ Sausage roll and make your way into a proper ‘pub’ and grab yourself a real Scottish lager (Tennant’s is the one if you really wanna try the local beer) Overall - LOVE GLASGOW. LOVE BEING HOME AND LOVE SCOTLAND.
Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!