Languages: Glaswegian, Scots
Best Time to Visit: March to September
Time Zone: GMT/GMT +1
Driving Side: Left Side
Main Attractions: Provand's Lordship, Pollok Estate, The Lighthouse, Galsgow Cathedral and Necropolis, Museum of Transport, St Mungo Museum Of Religious Life & Art
Glasgow is the largest city in the country of Scotland. Formally known as the ‘City of Glasgow,’ it is the third most populous city in entire United Kingdom. Located on the bank of river Clyde, the city has served as Europe’s one of the main hubs of transatlantic trade with the Americas, since 18th century. Owning to the strong influence of Industrial Revolution, the city became a potent center of engineering and shipbuilding. Glasgow owns the reputation of being known as the ‘Second City of British Empire’ during the Victorian era. Apart from being a significant economic zone, it is a leading business destination in Scotland. There are a number of things to do and places to see within the bounds of the city. To know more about the tourist attractions of Glasgow, read on.
The city offers a great deal of attractions for the visitors. The majestic Victorian architecture is just awe inspiring, retelling the glory of the era. Built in 1471, Provand's Lordship is an interesting spot, which takes you back in time to the medieval Glasgow. Next is the Pollok Estate, which has been the residence of the Maxwell family since the mid-13th century. The current building is an impressive 18th century mansion, housing collections of Spanish art, antique furniture, silverware and ceramics and a valuable library. The well maintained gardens in the complex boast of 1000 species of rhododendrons. The Lighthouse is also a must visit place, as it is Scotland's first, dedicated, national centre for architecture and design, opened by HM Queen Elizabeth in July 1999. Besides, Galsgow Cathedral and Necropolis is another major site in Glasgow.
Glasgow has been endowed with the wealth of ancient arts and relics, which it preserves within the walls of the commanding museums it holds. Some of the worth visiting museums in the city comprise of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which exhibits the finest civic collections in Europe. The collections include everything from fine and decorative arts to archaeology and the natural world. Museum of Transport is yet another fascinating structure in the city. Situated in the Kelvin Hall, it was founded in 1964. It showcases models and vehicles elaborating the tale of transport by land and sea. Scotland Street School Museum provides you an insight into the educational history of Scotland. Besides, St Mungo Museum Of Religious Life & Art reflects the importance religion has, in the lives of people across the world.
The city is a dream destination for all the spots lovers, with football being the rage and craze amongst Glaswegians. World’s first international football match was held here between Scotland and England. The city houses Scotland's only two UEFA 5 star rated stadiums, which allows them to host UEFA Champions League or UEFA Cup finals. Hampden Park, Scotland's national football stadium even holds the European record for highest attendance at a football match in 1937. Glasgow has three professional football clubs with Scottish Football Association, the national governing body, and the Scottish Football Museum also based here. Besides football, the other sports that can be enjoyed here include rugby, badminton, basketball, cricket, etc. Glasgow is also selected as the host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
There is no dearth of entertainment options in the city of Glasgow. It houses a number of theaters, municipal museums and art galleries, which provide enough entertainment to the intellectual art lovers. Most of the museums in the city are publicly owned and can be entered for free. Apart from this, a number of exhibitions and festivals are also organized, which not even provide entertainment but also inform a great deal regarding the city and its culture. Moreover, you can even find a number of musical pubs, clubs and other venue to groove on the beat of music. Some of the city's main venues include the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the SECC and King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, the Queen Margaret Union and the Barrowland, a historic ballroom, converted into a live music venue.