Things to see in Glasgow – host city of the 2019 Guinness PRO14 final

Andy Baber
03 August 2018

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After two successive Guinness PRO14 finals at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, the showpiece event will return to Scotland next year for the first time since 2016.

Celtic Park

Celtic Park will host the 2019 final on May 25 in another first for the Guinness PRO14 as it is held outside of a traditional rugby venue in a historic step for the Championship.

Off the back of a new record attendance for the third year in a row in last season’s final, in which Leinster defeated Scarlets 40-32, the decider is expected to be even bigger next year.

With a capacity of more than 60,000, Celtic Park is well accustomed to hosting major sporting events and fans will be able to look forward to one of the most atmospheric stadiums in sport.

But away from the action on the field, the return to Scotland also gives supporters the chance to enjoy the many delights Glasgow has to offer. Here are some of the top things to do.

Main attractions

One of the first stops for anyone visiting the city is Glasgow Cathedral, a stunning example of Scottish Gothic architecture built between the 13th and 15th centuries.

Widely regarded as the pinnacle of cathedral building in Europe, it’s the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation almost entirely intact.

Another favourite for sightseers is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, where exhibits include a World War II Spitfire and Salvador Dali’s iconic Chris of St John the Cross.

Dinosaurs, medieval armour and collections of Old Masters in Dutch Painting are also among the 8,000 exhibits on show at the grand Victorian cathedral of culture.

It is not the only museum in Glasgow that has proved popular with tourists over the years, though, with St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art also a go-to destination for visitors.

Based in a faux-baronial building at the cathedral precinct in the East End, this museum aims to promote understanding and respect between people of all religions.

Other famed attractions include the Gallery of Modern Art, Riverside Museum, Botanic Gardens, Pollock Country Park and the weird and wonderful Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre.

Shopping

For those looking to splash some cash, Glasgow remains one of the best shopping destinations outside of London for high street and designer retailers.

The biggest brands and major retailers can be found in Glasgow’s Style Mile – the square in the centre of the city, which houses an extraordinary concentration of shops.

It includes a great selection of outlets with malls, independent boutiques, designer stores and one-off speciality shops, with more than 200 stores to choose from.

Buchanan Street is the UK’s second busiest shopping thoroughfare, second only to Oxford Street in London, packed with architectural gems, busking bagpipers and high street brands.

Alternatively, for those with a quirkier taste, why not try the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market in the heart of Barras Market – also knowns as Glasgow Barrowlands Market.

Shoppers will find a mix of antiques, vintage fashion, mid-century items, pre-loved furniture, quirky prints, original art, retro items, old books, collectable, vinyl records and much more.

Food and nightlife

Whether you’re looking to explore the city’s diverse culinary scene for relaxing evening of food and drink or something livelier, Glasgow certainly knows how to do nightlife.

The city possesses a wide range of top restaurants and eateries, with The Ubiquitous Chip on the West End’s picturesque Ashton Lane just one example of the many highlights.

For a traditional pub, look no further than The Horse Shoe Bar – a genuine survivor from the Victorian era tucked down a lane near Central Station.

It is well-known for having an island bar and quirky horse-related ornaments above the gantry and is considered to be a no-nonsense icon of Glasgow pub culture.

However, no Glasgow night out is complete without a visit to King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, the city’s premier live music pub, which hosts bands every night of the week.

The city also plays host to Scotland’s most famous house club, Sub Club, which is the longest running underground dance club and still going strong several decades on.

Saturdays at the Sub Club are one of Glasgow’s legendary nights, offering serious clubbing with a sound system that enthusiasts usually rate as the city’s best.

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