Sixth and Seventh week: Sightseeing in Glasgow!

Some time has past just like some more adventures. What to write and were to start, that’s the question. In this blog I will say something about sightseeing in Glasgow.

Sightseeing in Glasgow
There is a lot to see in Glasgow even if it was the last century more an industrial city. But even in the time I’m here I haven’t seen everything yet, so this will be sightseeing part one.

– Old Centre
Although Glasgow became a really big city the last two centuries there are some buildings that are older. One of them is the Glasgow Cathedral in the old part of the city. Especially the inside is very beautiful and you can see still the separate places for the nobility and the normal people. Next to the cathedral lies the museum of religious life and art but we didn’t had time to go in there. We instead went across the street to the oldest, still standing, house of Glasgow. “Watch your head” is something to remember in there, otherwise you will remember the litter doorways for a week after your visit. Also a plus for this museum was their information that was available in almost every language, even Dutch (although some sentences were a little bit weird). After that we went to the graveyard: Necropolis. It’s located on the top of a hill and it is really nice to visit sometime. I would say it is more like a park.

– New Centre
In the new centre you can find everything you need. In all tourist guides it is advertised as the biggest and best shopping place in Great-Britain, after Londen. Except shopping you can also find the Royal Concert Building over here, were I went for a performance of the Dubliners. Especially when you are new in Glasgow and need to buy some cheap covers for your bed, some towels and thinks like that, the Onepondshop and Primark are great stores to visit. Except these shops you can also find every mayor brand there. I also thought is was quite funny that it always is very busy in these streets. Also you can find George Square here with a view on the building of the city council.

– Burell Collection
They Burell Collection is a museum with all kind of things. This all because the orginal collector Sir Burell collected all kind of things all over the world. All these objects were donated to the state and nowadays all the objects are located in abuilding in the Pollock Coutry Parc. It is worth visiting for a afthernoon especially because there is no common theme. And before or after your visit it is also nice walk through the parc.

– Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
This beautifull red building near the university is a museum and art gallery in one. It houses one of Europe’s great civic art collections, and the museum has been the most popular free-to-enter visitor attraction in Scotland. I went there several times because it is just something you have to let your visitors see because of the diversity of the museum. It actually doesn’t has one theme and therefore almost everyone can find something of their likings. Also there are sometimes music performances. Personally I like the Egyptian and Zoology part of the museum, but also for art fans there are a lot of paintings on the second floor. And if you finished walking inside you can make a walk in Kelvingrove Park that surrounds the museum.

– The University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities and one of the most impressive buildings in whole Glasgow. When you see it, it just seems like you are in a Harry Potter movie and especially the inside is also nice decorated as if you were in a Church. De university was founded in 1451 and is presently one of seventeen British higher education institutions ranked amongst the top 100 of the world. But only since 1870 the main University campus has been located on Gilmorehill in the West End. The moved the university building to the clean and spacy West End because the dirty old city centre wasn’t the place for education and intellectual life. Nowadays you also can find around the university campus a lot of pubs and clubs that also add to this life.

That was it for now from sunny Glasgow for the last four days now (weird enough). Next time probably something about the hiking in Scotland. 😉

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