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Pick up you hire car at Glasgow airport and get a good taste of this buzzing Scottish city.

60-second guide to Glasgow

in its own head

"We're the number one city in Scotland, where you'll find the real taste of urban life in the north, with plenty of culture thrown in, too."

but more realistically

It's running Edinburgh a close second as the Scottish city to visit, and is certainly becoming increasingly appealing.

the vibe

It's a vibrant place, with a big student population buzzing around. Around 41 per cent of the entire population of Scotland lives in Glasgow, which has a more authentically Scottish feel than its posh rival Edinburgh.

the natives

Glaswegians are friendly and welcoming. They like to chat, and they like a good joke.

the weather

Glasgow is famous for its rain, so pack a brolly. But it's usually pretty mild as Scottish weather goes, and though it doesn't get especially hot in the summer, it never gets very cold in the winter.

the local speciality

The infamous deep-fried Mars Bar is not just an urban myth - you'll find plenty of chip shops serving up the delicacy on the streets of Glasgow.

the celebrity

Football legend Sir Alex Ferguson, actor Robbie Coltrane and comedian Billy Connolly are just a few of the famous sons of Glasgow.

did you know?

Charles Macintosh, the Scottish chemist who famously invented the popular waterproof coat, lived and worked in Glasgow.

they say

"The great thing about Glasgow is that if there's a nuclear attack it'll look exactly the same afterwards." - Comedian and Glaswegian, Billy Connolly

5 to see in town...

1. The Time Capsule

If you need to entertain the whole family, then head here. There's a brilliant dinosaur swimming pool for the kids, sunbeds for mums, and an Ice Disco for dad.

where to park?

There's a free onsite car park.

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2. The Burrell Collection

For a spot of culture, check out Sir William Burrell's extensive collection of antiques and medieval art.

where to park?

There are pay-and-display car parks just outside the venue, on Pollokshaw Road.

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3. Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis

One of the most breathtaking sights in the city, there's a gargantuan church, and a mesmerising cemetery that looks totally unique.

where to park?

Park your hire car in the pay-and-display car park on Cathedral Street. It costs 10p for 10mins or 60p an hour.

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4. Pollok House

If you're in the mood for a mooch around a big old stately home, this is the one to visit. It's great to look at from the outside, and inside there's art.

where to park?

There's free onsite parking.

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5. Queen's Park

Built in the 16th century to commemorate Mary Queen of Scots, this impressive park on the south side of the city offers everything from manicured lawns and bedding areas for the gardening enthusiast to peaceful naturalised walks rich in wildlife. There are also seven football pitches and bowling and tennis facilities should you be feeling energetic.

where to park?

There is street parking in the area around the park.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Clyde Auditorium

Known as The Armadillo because if its resemblance to that most mysterious of armoured mammals, this concert and public events stadium is impressive to look at. Comparisons have been drawn with the Sydney Opera House.

how to get there?

Head west on the A814. The stadium is a couple of miles out of town.

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2. House for an Art Lover

Situated in Bellahouston Park, surrounded by pretty flower gardens, this beautiful building has only been around since 1996 but is based on a 1901 design by famous Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

how to get there?

Head south-west on the M8. It's about a 10-minute drive.

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3. Glasgow Science Centre

If Clyde Auditorium is an armadillo, this is a very impressive, shiny slug. It's also home to an IMAX cinema and a planetarium.

how to get there?

Take the M8 south, then the A8 west. Exit the A8 onto Govan Road. It'll take you about 15 minutes to drive there.

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4. Loch Lomond National Park

Get outdoorsy with some cycling, sailing, hill walking or canyoning in this stunning national park.

how to get there?

Take the A81 north-west out of Glasgow. It should take just under an hour to get to the edge of Loch Lomond.

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