The 2014 Commonwealth Games – What to See in Glasgow
The Commonwealth Games are just around the corner and they will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland. This is both an exciting time for the athletes, of course, as well as Scotland who will see an influx of both athletes and tourists for the games. Over ten years ago a number of Scottish cities bid on the games, with Glasgow winning. The Games this year will be attended by 71 participating nations and there are a total of 17 sports that will be hosted at these games. One of the key sponsors of the Commonwealth Games is The AA who offer exceptional Breakdown Cover, which might be worth looking into if you’re planning a trip to see the games.
This is the first time Glasgow has hosted the games and if you’re planning to visit Glasgow during the games or after, you might be wondering what else you can go outside of the Commonwealth Games? Here are some of my top suggestions.
The Glasgow School of Art
This is a stunning building that unfortunately suffered the wrath of a fire. However, much of the building is still viewable and is definitely worth a visit. The best way to see the Glasgow School of Art is by way of a tour, which you should generally book in advance. Often this can be quite busy so it is best to be prepared. If you’re on a budget, it is still a great building to simply view from outside.
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
This is an interesting experience, quite unlike most places in the world. Here you’ll find numerous statutes and sculptures that are made from junk, only further proving that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Set aside a couple of hours to observe and admire these unusual creations.
This beautiful park offers well-kept, vast grounds – a total of over 360 acres. It is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city. There are a number of great trail works which are especially lovely this time of year. There’s also quite a lot of wildlife here, so it is a great place to visit even with children.
If you like old, traditional buildings then you will be delighted by the City Chambers. It is definitely important that you spend some time inside as the architecture is very impressive. There are a number of ‘free’ guided tours operating which you can book in. With the amount of history that has passed through these chambers, getting a tour can really help you appreciate the scale and history of this building.
There’s so much to do and see in Glasgow that you’ll probably leave wishing you could come back. Visiting for the Commonwealth Games is a great way to see some world class athletes all while enjoying a fascinating city with a lot to offer.