About Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and the fourth largest in the UK. Formerly an industrial and trading powerhouse it has redefined and redeveloped itself over the last three decades to become a world-renowned city of culture, shopping, music and the arts.

Connectivity

Glasgow is well-connected with three international airports within an hour’s drive of the centre. The two main rail hubs at Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street connect with both local trains and trains to all the major Scottish and English cities.

Buchanan Bus Station is the main bus terminus in the city and it has services to the rest of Glasgow and the Central Belt as well as inter-city services to Scotland and London.

Restaurants and Cafes

Glasgow is home to more than 600 restaurants, cafes and bars with everything from hearty pub fare to elegant fine dining.

Scotland has long been known for the quality of its larder, and there is an increasing focus among Glasgow’s eateries on getting these superb local ingredients into their kitchens and onto our plates. Foodies won’t be disappointed when looking for options to go out, eat great food and enjoy themselves.

Buchanan Galleries

Shopping

In the UK, Glasgow is second only to London as a shopping destination. The Style Mile cuts a swathe of brand name stores and smaller boutiques through the city centre while the three big out of town retail parks - Braehead, Silverburn and The Fort - can happily provide all-day retail therapy.

The West End is home to a range of quirkier shops and is the place to go if you’re looking for something a bit more unusual.

There are a few markets in the city including the famous ‘Barras’ market in the East End.

Music

The city has an enviable international reputation for the quality and breadth of artists and shows it attracts.

The largest venue in the city is the recently opened SSE Hydro. It is a world-class performance venue which is regularly mentioned in the same breath as The O2 and Madison Square Gardens. It regularly hosts international megastars and large stage shows.

There are lots of smaller venues in the city with an incredible range of music on offer.

Outdoors

Despite being such a large city, it’s surprisingly easy to find yourself in a green open space. Within the town, there is an abundance of green areas with Pollock Country Park, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow Green and a significant number of smaller parks within easy reach of the centre.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is a short train ride to the north and offers everything from kayaking and sailing to high-adventure mountaineering.

River Clyde Finnieston

River Clyde

The river was once the industrial heart of the city hauling in wares from far-flung lands and sending out textiles and excellent Scottish engineering to the rest of the world.

The Clyde still runs through the centre of the city and out to the Atlantic on the west coast. There are boat trips, walks along the river and even a scenic seaplane trip.

Attractions

There is a wide range of tourist attractions dotted throughout the city. Glasgow Museums run an impressive collection of low-cost and free museums, including the renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

History

Glasgow was founded by Saint Mungo in the 6th Century. It became a city in the 12th Century and was one of the first cities in Europe to surpass one million inhabitants.

By the end of the 19th Century, it had become a major trading port and industrial centre. It was the ‘second city’ of the British Empire, importing tobacco, sugar and cotton and sending out finished goods, textiles and high-quality engineering to the world.

The Victorian influence can be found throughout the city from the world-famous Necropolis to the superb Victorian and Georgian architecture in the city centre and Merchant City.

Accessibility

Glasgow’s tourist attractions, restaurants and hotels are keenly aware of disabled access issues, and the facilities are improving all the time. For more details visit DisabledGo or VisitScotland’s accessible holidays section.