FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT MISS ABOUT GLASGOW...
... IF YOU STARE AT YOUR PHONE FOR THE WHOLE JOURNEY!
I know you have just landed after a long flight.
I know you were cooped up in the middle seat between a crying baby and a snorer.
I know you are dying to know what they are saying in the Twittersphere about last nights ‘The Love Island’.
I get all that but trust me if you look up from your black mirror for just a minute, Glasgow might just show you something you have never seen before and can't see anywhere else.
1. PAISLEY ABBEY
A proverbial stones throw from the airport itself, Paisley Abbey has been the focal point of Paisley for over 850 years. It is the burial place of all six High Stewards of Scotland as well as Marjorie Bruce, eldest daughter of Robert I, who you might know better as Robert the Bruce.
Housing one of the finest church organs in the UK, one of only six built by world renowned organ builder Cavaillé-Coll of Paris, the abbey regularly hosts concerts where patrons can appreciate the sounds of the choir and admire the views of the stained glass windows, both of which fill the inside.
Located right in the heart of the town and with guided tours available throughout the week, the abbey offers plenty of treats for your eyes as well as your ears.
2. QUEEN ELIZABETH UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Image © George Allison
The QEU Hospital which opened in April 2015 is definitely a site worth looking up from your screen for.
Costing an astronomical £842 million and with its futuristic 4-pointed shape and helicopter landing pad it is no wonder that by May 2015 locals had already dubbed it – The Death Star!
Don’t worry though, despite what you might have heard about people from Glasgow, this isn’t a threat.
The only reason I could possibly have to drop you off here would be if you tried to run away without paying your fare but with our
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3. SEC CAMPUS
SEC Centre, SEC Armadillo and SSE Hydro
The SEC Centre is the largest exhibition centre in Scotland hosting everything from concerts to Comic Con. From The Scottish Wedding Show to The WWE. It was previously known as ‘the big red shed’ until the owners couldn’t handle the patter anymore and painted the whole lot grey in 1997.
Often compared to the Sydney Opera House, The SEC Armadillo is in fact meant to resemble a series of interlocking ship’s hulls – of course paying respect to the river Clyde’s shipbuilding pedigree and heritage.
The SEE Hydro is the city’s premier music venue with over a million visitors in 2019! Surrounded by its iconic translucent cushions which glow multicoloured through the night, it was opened in 2013 by none other than Scotland’s favourite Englishman – Rod Stewart! With global mega stars like Stormzy and Barry Manilow coming this year, you name it, we have it.
Whatever reason you find yourself in Glasgow, whether you’re a night at the opera kind of guy or a rock and roll chick through and through, between these 3 iconic buildings you have it covered.
4. GLASGOW CITY CHAMBERS
Guarded by two lions on the east side of George Square, in the very centre of the city, you will find the headquarters of Glasgow City Council, the City Chambers.
Home to the office of the Lord Provost (mayor) of Glasgow, the chambers were inaugurated by Queen Victoria in 1888.
The exterior of the building is covered in lavish and ornate decoration designed to showcase the wealth and prosperity of what was at the time the Second City of the British Empire.
Image © John Dyer
Front and centre on the Chambers is the Statue of Truth which bears a striking resemblance to another famous statue, I can’t remember where that one is though.
5. CINEWORLD, RENFREW STREET
If the inflight movie was another Rom-Com riddy with Reese Witherspoon, then I won’t blame you for wanting dropped off here to see something proper.
I hear you though, what’s so special about the cinema?
Well... Did you know that with 1.8 million visitors every year and at 62 metres high, the Cineworld building on Renfrew Street is not only the busiest cinema in the UK but the tallest in the whole world?!
Think about that the next time you feel the need for speed or want to build a snowman!
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