Service from Glasgow to Birmingham runs three times a day, with two departures in the morning at approximately 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., and one in the evening at around 11:00 p.m. While direct connections are possible for this 9 to 10 hour journey, some departures require passengers to change once at Birmingham.
The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has a gritty industrial history and an outstanding collection of art. For a tour of the city’s art galleries and museums, start with the incredible Burrell Collection, which was amassed by a wealthy industrialist, before heading to the famous, Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum has an incredible variety of exhibits and some artistic masterpieces - including one very famous piece by Picasso. The Riverside Museum is worth visiting for its architecture alone while the Hunterian Museum is a truly quirky hidden gem, housing the collection of William Hunter, who was a renowned one-time student of the university. Attached to the Hunterian Museum is the Mackintosh House, which was home to the famous designer and his equally talented wife and is an outstanding example of their flair with interior design.
A beautiful city in the West Country of England, Bristol is quickly becoming an alternative to London for many young cultured folk thanks to its vibrant and diverse arts scene. To get a sense for the city’s history, start with a visit to the M Shed, which houses a plethora of memorabilia from the city’s past in a huge warehouse overlooking the docks. If boats are your thing, the SS Great Britain is a fascinating ship with a storied history. Explore some of the city’s architecture with a visit to the Georgian House, the Bristol Cathedral, and Clifton Village, which is full of striking Georgian mansions built by wealthy 18th and 19th century industrialists. To get a taste of the scenery, make your way to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the striking Avon Gorge, and go for a walk in the nearby park called “The Downs” while you’re there.