Glasgow city centre is a great place for tourists and workers alike, with a large selection of shopping, attractions and entertainment venues there is something for everyone day or night. Take a short break during the Scottish school holidays in Glasgow, you won't regret it.
Glasgow school term dates are set by the Children and Families Department and your child's school will give you a list of these dates. We would ask you not to take your child out of school during term times. If you cannot avoid taking a holiday during term time you need to ask the school/Department for permission to do this.
The City of Glasgow Council offers Gaelic educational provision from nursery through to Higher Grade Gaelic in secondary school. Gaelic classes are also available through Glasgow Council's Adult Education Programme.
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Glasgow: Top Ten Tourist Attractions
Scotland's largest city is an intriguing mixture of Victorian grandeur, postmodern architecture and rolling parkland. As well as being a great base from which to explore the majestic Scottish Highlands, it is a tourist destination in its own right. Read our list of places to visit in Glasgow during the Scottish school holidays.
University of Glasgow
Glasgow University is perhaps the most famous Glaswegian landmark. It is one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture, and its tower dominates the West End. The building was completed in 1871, though the institution has a history stretching back to the fifteenth century. As well as perusing the gardens and cloisters, the visitor can also view the Hunterian Museum, and the grotesque Anatomy Museum. Note: Trips to the Anatomy Museum must be booked in advance.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The magnificent gallery faces the university from the opposite side of Kelvingrove Park. The two grand edifices complement each other perfectly, and it is perhaps the most photographed scene in Glasgow. It is popularly believed that the structure was accidentally built the wrong way round, however this is a persistent urban myth. Inside the gallery is housed Salvador Dali's famous Christ of St John on the Cross.
Close to the well-known Glasgow Barrowlands concert hall, ‘the Barras' is an unpretentious market, and an ideal place to see the real Glasgow. Founded a century ago, by greengrocer Margaret Russell, it soon expanded, and now all manner of tradesmen ply their wares. Open every Saturday and Sunday between 10 AM and 5PM, the market is located in the East End of the city.
The Burrell Collection is an eclectic display of objects. Its founder Sir William Burrell was an obsessive collector of artifacts from around the world, and it really is hard to put a finger on the exhibition. The building itself is a tasteful modern construction, and is situated in the sizeable grounds of Pollock Country Park.
Glasgow School of Art
At the top of a short steep hill sits the Glasgow School of Art. As well as being a centre of artistic excellence, the building itself was lovingly designed by Scotland's most renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. There are several examples of his work dotted around the city, the nearby Willow Tearooms on Sauchiehall Street being an example. Yet with its exquisitely detailed masonry, the Art School is regarded as his tour de force. At the weekends it serves as a student nightclub.
St. Mungo's Cathedral was founded in the twelfth century, and is more Scandinavian than British in style. The fascinating crypt is also open to the public. The neighbouring Museum of Religious Life and Art houses many pious works. On an adjacent hill stands the Glasgow Necropolis where many famous Scots are buried.
The Mitchell Library is the greatest legacy of Glasgow's tradition of municipality. The resplendent Victorian library is open six days a week and is located between the West End and the City Centre. Founded by Stephen Mitchell, this is the largest reference collection in Europe. There is also a theatre, art gallery, reading room, and internet cafe.
Hampden Park is the oldest national football stadium in the World, and home to Queen's Park football club. It is also home to the Scottish Football Museum. Glasgow has a rich footballing heritage, and there are three other professional football grounds; Parkhead (Celtic), Ibrox (Rangers) and Firhill Park (Partick Thistle). Interestingly, the first international football match, between Scotland and England was played at the West of Scotland Cricket Ground in Partick.
Glasgow Science Centre
One of Glasgow's newest sights, the Science Centre is a family-friendly attraction, with plenty of activities for school children. Located on the banks of the River Clyde it's hard to miss.
The spectacular steel and glass structure stands next to a giant rotating tower over 120 metres/400 feet in height. Just across the river stands the eye-catching Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. This building is dubbed the Armadillo by locals due to its curved appearance.
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