Scotland’s largest city and the third largest city in the UK, Glasgow exudes style, sophistication and vibrant energy in its cultural heart of the City Centre, Merchant City and West End. In recent times, the city has experienced transformation in a colossal scale and has shaken off it’s ‘Mean City’ image. It is no surprise that Glasgow was awarded ‘European City of Culture’ in 1990 and ‘UK City of Architecture in 1999’.
A major hub for transportation, business and culture, Glasgow is an important UK destination for city breaks and vacations in Scotland, being accessible from most of the UK and Europe and having direct flights from North America and Dubai. Glasgow welcomes over 2 million staying visitors per year generating a substantial income to the local economy.
A cosmopolitan city with a vibrant arts scene and eclectic cultural calendar, Glasgow showcases some of the world’s finest art collections, exhibited at the resplendent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the West End, a must-see attraction. Music flows through the veins of every Glaswegian (Glasgow natives) and in any given night of the week, live music of various genres is performed in bars and music venues from the city centre to the West End and in our own neighbourhood, The Merchant City.
A city of many contrasts and pleasant surprises, Glasgow never seizes to inspire visitors from all corners of the globe. This ‘dear green place’ is endowed with the highest concentration of public parks than any other UK city. Wander around Pollok Country Park and see highland cattle grazing in Glasgow’s largest outdoor space. Take a wander around nearby Glasgow Green and explore the city’s social history in the People’s Palace, housing a plethora of artefacts, film and interactive displays.
A ‘Jewel in the Crown’ on the banks of the River Clyde, The Riverside Museum is home to some of the finest transport collections in the UK and offers a fantastic day out. Alternatively, take a trip out of town and experience beautiful countryside surrounding the city. Loch Lomond is a mere 45 minutes by train from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level Station.
Desire some retail therapy? Glasgow will certainly not disappoint the most avid of shoppers. The City Centre and Merchant City are the best bet for designer emporiums, independent boutiques, department stores and familiar high street stores. Sauchiehall Street and nearby Argyle Street are the city’s key shopping areas lined with high street names such as M&S and Debenhams. For upscale shopping, look no further than The Merchant City, Buchanan Street and Buchanan Galleries.