Situated on the River Clyde, the bustling port city of Glasgow is buzzing with activity all year round. Visited by millions of visitors, Scotland’s largest city attracts travellers with an array of experiences to be enjoyed. From excellent museums and galleries to fabulous shopping, a great collection of restaurants and fine dining to an exciting nightlife, verdant city parks to distinct architecture and monuments, Glasgow has evolved into a cosmopolitan city that still maintains its old world charm.
Historic Glasgow allows visitors to take a step back in time with its charming heritage buildings and its cobblestone streets. From its Dark Ages roots to its Medieval City, Glasgow’s historical legacy lives on. With a wealth of cultural heritage to discover, visitors to Glasgow will delight in the city’s many fine monuments, unique architecture, and world class museums and galleries. The Burrell Collection offers an eclectic potpourri of artifacts ranging from medieval tapestries to French impressionist paintings, all housed in a stunning pink, ultramodern structure. Sprawling, palatial Kelvingrove houses 22 galleries brimming with 8,000 artifacts from armour to art. The Museum of Contemporary Art houses stunning exhibits within a centrally located heritage building. The city is also graced with the many exquisite public buildings, private homes, and tea rooms of renowned 20th century architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Just a short drive away, visitors can tour grand castles and ancient ruins to fully experience the authentic Scottish charm and old world traditions.
Bestowed with the title “City of Culture” in 1990, Glasgow’s thriving theatre scene entices visitors with a captivating medley of sights and sounds. Home to most of Scotland’s national arts companies, Glasgow boasts the Scottish Opera, the Scottish Ballet, the National Theatre, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Shoppers should head to the city centre’s hot retail destinations such as Princes Square and Buchanan Street to relish Glasgow’s exceptional fashion scene with its cutting-edge designers and fabulous shops and boutiques.
Dining options are delectable and the streets are lined with super restaurants featuring fresh Scottish cuisine, five-star international eateries, and hip little alfresco cafes. Glasgow’s bars and clubs are alive in the evenings with loads of live music from rock to hip hop.
Getting around the city is easy with Glasgow’s efficient public transport, including bus, subway and urban rail. The highly navigable city invites visitors to explore the streets of Medieval Glasgow and the Merchant City, which are graced by many of Glasgow’s heritage buildings, including Glasgow Cathedral, the City Chambers and Glasgow Green. The West End is home to the Botanic Gardens, the Kelvingrove Museum, and Glasgow University. The huge indoor Barras Market can be found in the East End, while the south side boasts the Burrell Collection and House for an Art Lover.