When Travelodge asked me to share a place with real sentimental value from my hometown of Glasgow as part of their #FlauntYourHaunt campaign, the first place that sprung to mind was Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Whenever anyone is visiting Glasgow it's somewhere that I always recommend visiting. Not only is it an absolutely stunning building, which honestly takes your breath away, that's packed with spectacular art, artifacts and exhibits but it also holds some great memories for me.
Every time that I visit and smell that familiar smell I'm instantly transported back in time to my childhood. Every single school holiday, without fail, my dad would take me and my brother to basically every art gallery and museum that Glasgow had to offer at the time. And whilst the Transport Museum (which closed in 2010, with most of the pieces being relocated to the Riverside Museum now) was definitely my favourite as a child, Kelvingrove still continues to have a special place in my heart. However, saying that, as I've grown up I've learned to appreciate the place and the pieces within it that little bit more but again it still reminds me of school trips taken to seek inspiration for a whole host of different art projects and folio pieces.
Another reason that I tend to gravitate towards Kelvingrove is due to the surrounding area. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants (Bothy, Hillhead Book Club and Hanoi Bike Shop are all well worth a visit), cafes (you just have to visit The University Cafe for an ice cream on a sunny day), and shops, making it the perfect recipe for a day out in Glasgow. You're also literally minutes from other iconic Glasgow landmarks such as Oran Mor, Ashton Lane and the Botanic Gardens. And the great thing is, it's so easy to make your way over to the West End to take all of this in. There are actually three Subway stations, all within walking distance of Kelvingrove and the subsequent places mentioned in today's post. And if you're visiting Glasgow the Glasgow Subway system will seriously become your new best friend whilst you're there. I don't know if you've seen the map of the system if you're not from here but unlike the tangle of the Paris and New York systems it just goes round in one big circle which means it's pretty difficult to get too lost.
Have you ever visited Glasgow before? If so, what were your favourite places to visit? What would you say is your favourite haunt in your hometown? And would you like to see more posts dedicated to my best picks of places to visit in and around Glasgow?