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A Glasgow travel guide – fascinating museums and cutting-edge buildings in a city that never sleeps

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Children love the old trains at the Museum of Transport, while adults can admire the architecture and enjoy a night out on a Glasgow city break. Book a Glasgow hotel and see the past and future faces of this vibrant city.

A night on the town

The trendy Merchant City quarter in Glasgow’s city centre is the place to paint the town red. Sophisticated gay bars like Moda and Court Bar cluster here, and the city’s café culture thrives on the terraces at the trendy Beer Café. Glasgow’s nocturnal music scene is never far away. Hear symphonies under the original Victorian iron girders at the Old Fruit Market concert hall, or enter the neon façade nearby at the Barrowland venue where bands play in the ballroom.

Design and architecture

See the filigree detail of the furnishings and fireplaces by Glasgow’s celebrated designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery’s Mackintosh House. The Clyde Auditorium concert venue, nicknamed the Armadillo, lights up the banks of the River Clyde at dusk. Stroll through George Square to see Victorian Glasgow at its most flamboyant at City Chambers

Family activities

At the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum under-fives try the masks and quizzes in the Mini Museum while older children marvel at the Ancient Egyptian tombs and dinosaurs. Kids love the old-fashioned cars, trams and locomotives on display at the Museum of Transport next door. Further south on the River Clyde, the space-age Glasgow Science Centre has a planetarium and 3-D films to entertain curious young minds.