When people plan a break north of the border its often Edinburgh they head to.
But overlook Glasgow at your peril, as this vibrant city has much to offer.
Whether you want shopping, top restaurants and the hippest bars or culture with galleries, museums and live music, Glasgow is has it all.
My husband and I visited after Christmas. Staying at the Grand Central Hotel could not be more convenient as it has an entrance in the train station and our room was fantastic.
After enjoying a little afternoon shopping, the first stop on our night out was Champagne Central - the hotel’s champagne bar. Sipping our drinks overlooking the station was perfect for a spot of people watching.
For dinner we visited Gamba, a stunning seafood restaurant on West George Street. With fantastic food and service to match, it was one of the best meals I have ever had.
We woke to slightly grey weather, but that didn’t deter us. A bracing visit to the Necropolis offered some fantastic views, and we followed that with St Mungo’s Cathedral and the Gallery of Modern Art.
After lunch by a roaring log fire at Babbity Bowsters, we headed to the West End to Kelingrove Park and Museum. And as my husband is a fan of craft beer, our trip wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Brewdog bar across the road.
For information on visiting Glasgow visit www.seeglasgow.com
by Claire O’Neill
If you like the sound of a trip to Glasgow, the Guardian is giving away a two night stay for two people at the Grand Central Hotel. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question. How many stars does the Grand Central Hotel have?
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First TransPennine Express operates intercity rail services across the north of England into Scotland. Tickets between Manchester and Glasgow start from £16 and can be purchased with no booking fee at www.tpexpress.co.uk