KELVINGROVE ART GALLERIES
Designed by Sir J. W. Miller and E. J. Milner Allan, and opening in 1901, the impressive art galleries has been redeveloped and is now a hub of artistic excellence.
Popular local legend still persists one of the designers committed suicide by jumping off one of the towers as the building was built the wrong way, with visitors forced to use the back door.
Once inside your eye is immediately drawn to the suspended restored Spitfire from the 602 City of Glasgow auxiliary squadron.
The ground floor includes a mini museum for under fives and the two side halls focus on Life and Expression.
The Art Discovery Centre and the Environment Discovery Centre feature hands-on displays. Galleries on the ground floor are: Creatures of the Past, Ancient Egypt, Glasgow Stories, Scotland’s Wildlife, Scottish Art, Expression, Looking at Art, Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, and Looking at Design.
The lower ground floor features the Campbell Hunter Foundation Education Wing, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Exhibition Gallery, the Conference Room, and a café/restaurant and shop.
The first floor houses new facilities such as the multimedia Object Cinema, the History Discovery Centre, and the Study Centre.
First floor galleries feature: Conflict & Consequence, Cultural Survival, Dutch Art, Italian Art, French Art, La Faruk Madonna, Every Picture Tells a Story, Scottish Identity in Art, Glasgow and the World, Scotland’s First People, Sculpture Highlights and Picture Promenade.
The most popular exhibitions of recent years have been the Kylie Minogue costumes and Dr Who (which finishes Jan 4, 2010)
Kelvingrove Art Galleries
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is located in picturesque Kelvin Park in the popular west end of the city.
Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
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PEOPLES PALACE AND WINTER GARDEN
The People’s Palace contains Glasgow’s social history museum and it is a must-see chance to view the story of the city and its residents from 1750 to the present date.
You can view paintings, prints and photographs displayed alongside a wealth of historic artefacts, film and computer interactives.
There is: Dancing and holidaying; Hhme life during the Second World War; a trip to the steamie to get the clothes washed.
Visit the ‘single end’ and discover how a family lived in this typical one-room Glasgow tenement family home of the 1930s.
See the amazing banana boots worn by Billy Connolly on stage in the 1970s.
Have a look at the Glassford family portrait and find out the history of this painting of the tobacco lord and his family and why one figure was painted out.
Discover the political history of the city through some of the superb and unique banners on display.
On the top floor is the Glasgow history painting series made
by artist Ken Currie in 1987. The series commemorates the massacre of
the Calton Weavers, which marked the birth of the trade union movement
and visually presents the political history of working class struggle
in the city.
The West beer hall is also close-by for quality drinks and refreshments.
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FORTH AND CLYDE CANAL
Stretching 36 miles from Bowling to the Carron Sealock, the redeveloped canal cuts through the heart of the city, with some of the best sights to be found to the north.
Starting at Speirs Wharf, the redeveloped waterway is awash with local habitat and wildlife and stunning views.
Fun for strollers or hardened walkers, the canal is equally as breathtaking on a crisp winter day as it is in the summer.
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At the heart of Glasgow city centre lies George Square which is surrounded by gastro-pubs and shops.
With its striking monuments and cenotaph, the square is usually event free most of the year.
However, the winter months sees Winterfest take over with a whole host of spectacles to be enjoyed by the family.
Enjoy ice-skating, Baby’s First Christmas, Santa Dash and the world-famous Glasgow’s Hogmanay.
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HAMPDEN PARK FOOTBALL MUSEUM
The home of Scottish football is an ideal fun-packed family day out. With more than 2,500 pieces of Scottish footballing memorabilia, it gives the opportunity for the football fan or novice to bask in the glory of footballing yesteryear.
You can also book tours of the stadium in advance, visit: www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk
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If you fancy a break from the city, then stroll to Blythswood Square and its enclosed park.
Buried in the heart of the business district and once famed for its deviant past of drugs, prostitutes and pimps, it is now frequented by the office workers.
There are no park benches and unless you want to sit on the surrounding wall, get there early and bring a picnic blanket to sit or lie on the grass - everyone has a tartan blanket snaffled away in the rear or boot of their car.
Throughout the summer months and well into autumn, the lawn is perfectly manicured and the encroaching trees are cut back to give the park an open and warm feel.
While there is traffic permanently passing by, it is pleasant enough to sit, relax and actually enjoy the tranquility of your urban lunch-hour, as the sun majestically brightens the white sandstone buildings nearby.Back to top
ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIERS MUSEUM
Spanning more than 300 years of one of Scotland’s proudest fighting regiments, the RHF museum covers their inception in 1678 by the Earl of Mar to the present date.
The museum features displays on weaponry and war. While the first and second world war feature heavily, there is recent conflicts detailing the liberation of Kuwait and Iraq.
Make sure you visit the emotional and entertaining RHF museum on your visit to Glasgow.
518 Sauchiehall Street,
Tel: +44 (141) 3320961/Fax: +44 (141) 3531493
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Celebrating 21 years of style, Princes Square is the epicentre for the crème-de-la-crème of Glasgow society.
Three levels of elegant shopping ranging from high-fashion to lifestyle can be found in this glamorous Victorian building.
Just off Buchanan Street, the Square edges over the high street shops.
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If Princes Square whets your appetite for shopping, Buchanan Street is the place to be. As part of Glasgow’s Style Mile, the street has a number of big name clothing outlets such as Monsoon and Top Shop for the girls and HMV and Burton for the boys.
Throw in the underground which can take you anywhere in Glasgow, and a large selection of restaurants and it becomes clear that Buchanan Street is the shopping hub for Glasgow.
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CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH TRAIL
Everyone thinks of Charles Rennie Mackintosh as the ‘inspired by’ jewellery range, or as the designer of the Art School, however there is much more to him than an artist or architect.
Mackintosh was an influential figure in the art nouveau and art deco movements, and his work can be seen all over Glasgow.
Born in Glasgow in 1868, Mackintosh started an apprenticeship in 1884 with John Hutchinson and attended Glasgow School of Art.
He then joined architects Honeyman & Keppie in 1889, and enrolled again in the School of Art, before winning a travelling scholarship.
In 1890 he toured Italy and finally returned to the Honeyman & keppie fold to bed in as a practising architect with the company.
Mackintosh strayed from conventional house-styling. He decided visually striking buildings in which the details compliment it as a whole was the nous of modern society.
He left Honeyman & Keppie in 1914 and failed to successfully build his own practice. He then went on to paint landscapes.
Mackintosh died in London in 1928 from cancer of the tongue, leaving behind an unforgettable legacy as being an outstanding pioneer in house and artistic design.
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SCOTLAND STREET SCHOOL
Designed between 1903-06, the school was made for the Kingston area and held 1,250 children.
Facilities: Free Guided Tours; Male and Female Toilets; Wheelchair Access. MACs – a stylish new café and gift shop is now open in Scotland Street School Museum.
Opening times: Open daily: 10am-5pm (except Friday & Sunday 11am-5pm)
Closing days: Closed all day 25 and 26 December, afternoon of 31 December, all day 1 and 2 January.
Was the original Glasgow Herald building and is now the Centre for Architecture, and the City.
Facilities: Mackintosh gift shop, design shop, rooftop cafe/bar, hearing loop, wheelchair access to all areas by lift apart from the Mackintosh Tower which requires stair climbing.
Opening times: Monday, Wednesday to Saturday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
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GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART
Described as ‘Mackintosh’s Masterwork’, construction began in 1896 and is now used to give the visitor an insight into some of his greatest work.
Facilities: Shop/Tours/Functions The Glasgow School of Art has a full, year long programme of exhibitions and events. For details of forthcoming exhibitions please see www.gsa.ac.uk
Open 7 days: 10.30am - 7pm
Tours:11am, 3pm & 5pm
Closing days: For up to date information on tour times and occasional cancellation of tours, such as during the Degree Show from May 16 to June 19 2012, see www.gsa.ac.uk
Size of group catered for: We
welcome groups of any size, by prior arrangement. We will organise
sufficient tour guides for your group (max 20 visitors with each
THE MACKINTOSH CHURCH
The only church to be designed by Mackintosh, this rare gem hides away at Queen’s Cross and is a must-see.!
Facilities: Mackintosh Resource Centre, Refreshments and Gift Shop with great selection of books etc.
Closing days: Closed on Saturdays
Size of group catered for: No Limit
RUCHILL CHURCH HALL
Is still in use by the local congregation and was considered as a major piece of work.
Facilities: Refreshments available
Opening times: Mon to Fri 11:00am - 3:00pm only
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HOUSE FOR AN ART LOVER
This truly stunning house was based on original 1901 plans by CRM and opened to the public in 1996.
Mackintosh wanted to design a House in a thoroughly modern style, where one can be lavishly entertained.
Facilities: Guided Tours - available on request; Disabled Access; Art Lovers’ Cafe; Art Lovers’ Shop; Changing Art Exhibitions; Private Dining Facilities
Closing days:1st & 2nd January
THE WILLOWS TEAROOMS
Located at 217 Sauchiehall Street, Mackintosh created these tea-rooms for the effervescent Kate Cranston in 1904. It is famed for its high-teas and champagne lunches.
Catering and refreshments. We welcome individual and group reservations. www.willowtearooms.co.uk www.mackintoshgiftshop.co.uk Exclusive Willow Tea Rooms, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Glasgow Gifts and Mementos can be found in our new Mackintosh Gift Shop at 97 Buchanan Street (set within the Ladies Luncheon Room) and on our websites www.mackintoshgiftshop.co.uk and www.willowtearooms.co.uk
Opening times: Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 4.30pm - Sunday 11.00am - 4.15pm
Closing days: Closed on Christmas Day, New Years Day and 2nd January
THE MACKINTOSH HOUSE
Lovingly restored by the university’s Hunterian Gallery, this was the home of CRM and his wife from 1906-1914.
Admission: £3.00 (£2.00 concession)
THE HILL HOUSE
Commissioned by the publisher Walter Blackie in 1902, CRM not only designed the house, but the interior and furniture.
House contains original and restored fixtures and fittings.
Facilities: Tea room open 1.30 - 4.30pm
Admission: Adults £8.00 Con £5.00 Family £20.00
Closing days: November - March
Online at: www.crmsociety.com
Find out more by following the links or by telephoning:
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society 0141 946 660.