48 heures à… Glasgow

Mardi 07 Janvier 2020

Plus grande ville d'Ecosse, Glasgow est réputée pour ses scènes artistique, musicale et culturelle, pour son patrimoine architectural et ses possibilités de shopping mais aussi pour l'accueil chaleureux de ses habitants. 

La ville a la plus grande concentration d'industries créatives de Grande-Bretagne en dehors de Londres. Au nombre de atouts architecturaux, on compte les Glasgow City Chambers et leur architecture victorienne, la néoclassique Gallery of Modern Art et l'ultra-moderne Riverside Transport Museum de Zaha Hadid. Avec plus de 1 500 boutiques, cette ville branchée est considérée comme le deuxième plus grand centre commercial de Grande-Bretagne.

Ville UNESCO de Musique, Glasgow accueille en moyenne 130 événements musicaux par semaine. La ville est aussi appréciée en tant que pépinière de nouveaux talents, comme ses groupes et chanteurs originaires de la ville que sont Franz Ferdinand, the Fratellis, Belle & Sebastian, Snow Patrol, Travis, Texas ou encore Paolo Nutini.

 

HEBERGEMENT 

L'établissement 4 étoiles, Grand Central Hotel, a ouvert en 1879. Ce bâtiment de style Reine Anne dispose de 230 chambres et suites.  De nombreux hommes politiques er stars d'Hollywood y ont séjourné.

Situé sur les rives de la rivière Clyde près de la SSE Hydro, le Radisson Red Hotel et ses 174 chambres studios ont ouvert en 2018. Le OUIBar + KTCHEN et le rooftop RED Sky Bar, avec sa carte de bières artisanales et ses cocktails chics, fournissent aux résidents de quoi se rassasier.   

Avec 374 chambres, Motel One Glasgow est le plus grand hôtel d'Ecosse. Design et bon marché, son style est inspiré de la Gare Centrale de Glasgow, situé à deux pas. Son One Lounge – un café, bar et salon - est a été conçu sur la thématique du voyage en train en Ecosse.   

Très récent et design, l'Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West est une option pour petits budgets. Avec 137 chambres, l'établissement rend hommage à la scène musicale de la ville en affichant les noms de groupes célèbres dans toute sa décoration.   

 

JOUR 1

11h00 Visiter la Gallery of Modern Art

En plein coeur de Glasgow, la Gallery of Modern Art dispose d'une impréssionante collection d'art contemporain à découvrir lors d'expositions temporaires. Des visites guidées du bâtiment sont proposées tous les week-ends pour en découvrir tant l'architecture que les collections.  

12h15 Marcher sur les pas de grands pioniers  

Le campus historique de l'Université de Glasgow est une autre attraction touristique édifiante. Take a self-guided tour of Britain's fourth oldest university, and follow in the footsteps of renowned visionaries such as the pioneer of television John Logie Baird. Not to be missed are the Cloisters - these impressive archways have featured in several films, including OutlanderOutlaw King and Cloud Atlas.

13h30 Déjeuner dans une rue pavée  

A cobbled backstreet close to the university, Ashton Lane is a treasure trove of bohemian bars and restaurants. With its rustic chic interior and a beer garden for al fresco drinking and dining, Belgian-style bar and restaurant Brel is a popular choice. Or try renowned Glasgow bar and eatery the Ubiquitous Chip.

14h30 Vivre le Glasgow bohème  

The neighbourhood that includes the University of Glasgow and Ashton Lane is known as Glasgow's West End. This bohemian quarter of ornate sandstone tenements and cobbled streets is well worth exploring. A fantastic range of vintage and design stores, cafés, bars and specialist delicatessens can be found here. It's also home to the picturesque Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Park, as well as Charles Rennie Mackintosh's distinctive and stylish Mackintosh House.

15h30 Se plonger dans l'histoire de l'Ecosse  

Also located within Glasgow's West End is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Built in 1901, this grand red sandstone building displays one of Europe's greatest and most eclectic art collections, and is one of Scotland's most popular free-to-enter visitor attractions. Highlights include Salvador Dali's iconic painting Christ Of St John Of The Cross, plus Scottish history and archaeology, dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt, arms and armour, and Dutch Old Masters. Several stunning exhibitions run throughout the year, while visitors can take the Natural History Trail to explore Scotland’s natural world.

19h30 Diner dans un quartier brancher in a cool up-and-coming quarter

Once an industrial area frequented by dockworkers, Finnieston is now a neighbourhood with a cool new vibe. Anchored by The SSE Hydro arena, initially built for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and now a renowned live entertainment venue, the area has witnessed a change in fortune. Known as the city's foodie quarter, a stretch of Argyle Street is now lined with bars and eclectic restaurants, with top picks including industrial eatery The Gannet, tapas-style Indian food at Mother India's Café, or fish and shellfish at Crabshakk

21h30 Déguster un cocktail ou un bon verre de whisky  

After-dinner options along Argyle Street range from cocktails at Kelvingrove Café to a dram of Scottish whisky and traditional live music at The Ben Nevis.

 

JOUR 2

9h30 Visit a champion transport museum

Voted 2013 European Museum of the Year, the spiky Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum is Scotland's museum of transport. Its collection includes a historic Tall Ship, an icon of Glasgow's shipbuilding heritage now moored at Riverside, while inside the vast free-flowing gallery space are trams, trolley buses, vintage cars, bicycles and motorbikes - each object telling a unique story. Discover the story of Glasgow’s telegram messengers throughout 2019 and keep an eye out for numerous one and two-day specialist exhibitions that are held across the year.

11h00 Take a Scottish brunch break

Enjoy a delicious Scottish brunch at Cup, Glasgow's award-winning tea rooms. The tiled Victorian interior of Cup Tea Lounge is truly stunning. There's also Cup Tea Room in Glasgow's West End, and the Cup Tea Garden in stylish Merchant City. Cup's big breakfast includes Scottish cured bacon, sausages and homemade beans. Other choices include Eggs Benedict, Florentine, Royal or Stornoway - the latter two coming with either Scottish smoked salmon or Stornoway Black Pudding. Cup is also a great choice for afternoon tea.

12h00 Shop till you drop in Britain's second largest retail centre

With more than 1,500 shops, Glasgow is recognised as Britain's second largest retail centre, providing one of the best shopping experiences outside London. Glasgow's Style Mile is the city's central shopping district, with all the big high street brands. Tucked away behind the city centre is the Merchant City, one of Glasgow's oldest quarters and an area of huge architectural interest. Dating back to the 1750s, it was home to the warehouses of wealthy merchants. Those old warehouses have since become quirky designer boutiques, bars, restaurants and stylish loft apartments.

14h30 Head out of the city to a grand old country house

In easy reach of Glasgow city centre, Pollok House is a grand country property built in 1752. Now part of the National Trust for Scotland, its lavish family rooms are packed full of period furniture and fine art, while downstairs are vast servants' quarters. Afterwards, hire a bike to explore the surrounding Pollok Country Park - look out for the Highland Cattle and Clydesdale Horses.

19h30 Taste a crisp apple ale and hearty Scottish fare

Britain's first experiential craft brewery, Drygate produce a range of ales and IPAs, and is home to 26 rotating taps and a carefully curated bottle selection. Their Glasgow brewhouse is also home to Drygate's Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen serving seasonal Scottish produce, burgers and charcuterie-grazing boards.

22h00 Listen out for the next big thing in the City of Music

Glasgow is designated UNESCO City of Music thanks to its thriving music scene and multitude of live music venues. King Tut's Wah Wah Hut is consistently named Britain's best small live music venue, or there's the legendary Barrowland Ballroom in the east end of Glasgow, plus Saint Luke's, an exciting music and arts venue in a restored former parish church.

 

COMMENT Y ALLER 

Glasgow is in Scotland, five hours by train north of London, one hour from Edinburgh. Glasgow International Airport is just shy of 9-miles from Glasgow city centre with a bus connection taking 15 minutes.

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