Set on the banks of the mighty River Clyde, this former industrial giant can seem less than enticing as you approach. However, after a little time exploring visitors will find a city that is, in its own idiosyncratic way, a cultured and dynamic place well worth getting to know. Taken from the Rough Guides Snapshot Glasgow, here are six of our favourite things to do in Glasgow:

Necropolis: an elegantly crumbling graveyard on a city centre hill behind the ancient cathedral, with great views.

Memorial to Charles Tennant in Glasgow Necropolis

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: a splendid civic collection of art and artefacts in a Gothic red-sandstone palace in the city’s lively West End.

Clydeside: the river that made Glasgow. Walk or cycle along it, take a boat on it, cross a bridge over it, or get a view of it from the new Riverside Museum.

Massimo Borchi/SIME/4Corners

Burrell Collection: an inspired and eclectic art collection displayed in a harmonious purpose-built museum in Pollok Park.

“Glesga” nightlife: sample the glamour and the grit with cocktails at the Rogano followed by a pint of heavy at the Horseshoe Bar.

New Lanark: a fascinating eighteenth century planned mill village set in a dramatic gorge.

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snapshot glasgowExplore more of Glasgow with the Rough Guides Snapshot Glasgow. Book hostels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go.