A Brief Guide To Glasgow
The largest of the Scottish cities (with approximately 600,000 residents), Glasgow is a exciting city, bursting with culture. There is theatre, music and art galore. The main problem with a city like this is knowing where to begin!
Glasgow is well-known for its residents who provide a warm welcome and a good sense of humour. This is often to be found in Glasgow’s thousands of bars, restaurants, clubs and pubs. It’s difficult not to have a good night out in Glasgow as there is literally something for everyone. If city centre cocktail bars and dancing isn’t your thing, head to a cosy pub in the West End, where you can find a great selection of whisky for a less energetic night out.
The restaurant scene in the city is as you’d imagine: the choice is endless. From cosy cafes to all night eateries, Glasgow really is a 24-hour city. Fine-dining is also available in a number of renowned restaurants across the city.
The many theatre venues of the city allow a vast array of entertainment from opera to stand up comedy to live music. Book in advance so you’re not disappointed. There are plenty of art galleries and museums too. Take in the Kelvingrove Museum to see artefacts from across the ages, including dinosaurs!
Not only is Glasgow a whole lot of fun, it has a wide ranging history, which is evident from the architecture. You can visit the Gothic spires of the University of Glasgow, or take in some of the more modern structures of the city centre. There is so much to see.
Glasgow is the shopping capital of Scotland with high street stores mixed with independent boutiques and its fair share of department stores. Head to Buchanan Street, Sauchiehall Street and Argyll Street and you won’t be disappointed. The upmarket Prince’s Square provides high-end retail, whereas you’ll find familiar high street names just a street away.
The city is fairly easy to navigate and as with a lot of cities, you see more on foot that any of mode of transport. The infamous underground train, known as the Clockwork Orange, is very simple to use and there is the sightseeing tour buses, which allow you to get on and off at various points.
Glasgow is served by two airports: Glasgow International Airport and Prestwick Airport. Please be aware that although Prestwick Airport is sometimes referred to as ‘Glasgow Prestwick’, it is actually 35 miles away from Glasgow.
These airports serve over 100 different destinations across the world! With two major train stations (Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street Station), it is very easy to access Glasgow by train. There is even a sleeper service from London.