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Glasgow – A city not to be overlooked

Glasgow, despite being Scotland’s largest city, is often overlooked by visitors in favour of the capital city Edinburgh. Those who do venture to Glasgow will find a city that has evolved from an industrial city to one that is now bursting with attractions, fascinating history, an amazing food and drink scene and more things to do than you’ll be able to pack into a short break.

Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum attracts more than 1.2 million visitors per year and is free to enter. It first opened in the leafy West End in 1901 and has been delighting and educating people ever since. Within the museum there are 22 themed galleries and around 8,000 objects on display, with everything from Scottish art, history and archaeology, to ancient Egyptian artefacts.

Explore the neighbourhoods

Glasgow has some wonderful neighbourhoods, with distinct atmospheres, making them feel like little communities of their own.

The West End has been a trendy and stylish part of the city for many years, and with good reason. It is home to great restaurants, vintage shops, trendy bars and is incredibly vibrant due to the University of Glasgow and its students. Be sure to take a stroll through the cobbles of Ashton Lane and Creswell Lane. Here, there is a buzz of people, live music, boutique stores and plenty of places to eat and drink.

Finnieston has become increasingly popular with residents in recent years with a number of fantastic restaurants and vibrant bars opening up. In the past Finnieston was an industrial area of town and now it has been likened to London’s hip Shoreditch area and been named as the ‘Hippest Place in Britain’ by The Times. For delicious food in Finneston head to Crabshakk, The Finnieston or Ox and Finch, and for after dinner drinks try out The Ben Nevis, Lebowskis or Distill.

Don’t forget to look up


Glasgow’s predominantly Victorian architecture can look sober and plain at first glance, but visitors should look up to the tops of buildings for some stunning architectural details. At the top of many Glasgow buildings are striking sculptures, friezes, gables, ornaments and other decorations that you won’t want to miss.

You’ll also see plenty of design touches from Charles Rennie Mackintosh throughout the city. Mackintosh was born in Glasgow in 1868 and created iconic buildings such as the Glasgow School of Art, Willow Tea Rooms and Scotland Street School.

Visit Glasgow by chartering a private jet with Chapman Freeborn.
We can handle your private jet requirements with discretion and have you flying into or out of Glasgow International Airport or Glasgow Prestwick Airport.