Glasgow Tourist Information and Tourism
(Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
Glasgow is Scotland's biggest city and has a strong industrial past. The city of Glasgow is also the second-biggest retail shopping centre in the whole of the United Kingdom, with many hundreds of independently owned stores selling unusual goods.
Famous for its reinvention and riverfront transformation, the historic city of Glasgow sees its future in the service industries, such as tourism and business conferences. Classed as one of Europe's first post-industrial cities, Glasgow has received many prestigious and well-deserved awards, including the impressive title of UK City of Architecture and Design.
The city centre has grown up on the northern banks of the meandering River Clyde, with the city's two railway stations being located on Central Street and Queen Street. George Square is central to almost everything, and from here, the tourist information centre and the Buchanan bus station are both just a short walk away. To the east, Merchant City forms the main entertainment area, while to soak up the city's rich maritime heritage, take a cruise along the meandering River Clyde and enjoy the views.
A large, lively and vibrant destination, the city remains busy throughout the year, with the demand for hotels being consistent through much of the East End, West End and South Side neighbourhoods. In the city centre, accommodation is in good supply around Elmbank Street, George Street, St. Vincent Street and William Street. Hotels on Renfrew Street are especially popular, being close to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Pavilion Theatre, the Theatre Royal and the Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre. Of note, weekends are generally rather hectic, as are the summer months of July and August, when rooms should be booked far ahead.
Glasgow, the European City of Culture 1990, features many traditional entertainment venues, including the Citizens, Cottier, Crawfurd, King's, Mitchell, Pavilion, Ramshorn and Tron theatres, as well as the Theatre Royal - home of the Scottish Opera, and the city's cavernous Tramway Theatre. A recent addition to Buchanan Street is the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which regularly attracts top artists and orchestras.
The Glasgow area is crammed full of fantastic attractions and the best include the IMAX Theatre - featuring state-of-the-art cinematic technology and Scotland's largest movie screen; the Glasgow Arches - home to a modern, multimedia centre, including theatrical performances and concerts; the Oban Distillery - one of the oldest sources of Malt Whisky in Scotland; the Mitchell Library - the largest reference library in Europe, housing over one million books; the Hill House - probably the most important Rennie Mackintosh landmark in the city; the Tolbooth Steeple - standing seven stories high and dating back almost 300 years; the Duke of Wellington Statue - located in the city centre since 1844; George Square - the largest open space in central Glasgow, used for many important public events; the Highlandman's Umbrella - an eye-catching viaduct built in 1906; and Kingston Bridge - the busiest road bridge in the whole of the United Kingdom.
Other attractions here include Brodick Castle - a 13th-century castle with walled gardens and woodland walks; Kelburn Castle - a 13th-century castle in the Ayrshire area; Mount Stuart House - with around 120 hectares / 300 acres of stunning gardens; Provand's Lordship - the most historic medieval house in Glasgow, dating back to the late 15th century; Templeton's Carpet Factory - a spectacular building originally inspired by the grand Doge's Palace in Venice
; the Glasgow Botanic Gardens - dominated by the huge dome of the Victorian Kibble Palace; and Strathclyde Country Park - covering more than 400 hectares / 1,000 acres in the Clyde Valley. More information about Glasgow Tourist Attractions
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Glasgow also has numerous attractions for children, such as M & D's Theme Park - with almost 50 exciting, fast rides and attractions, including the only double corkscrew roller coaster in Europe; the Blair Drummond Safari and Leisure Park - with an impressive collection of animals from around the world, including giraffes, rhinos, elephants, lions, tigers, bears, a monkey island with boat trips, sea lion shows and a playground area; and the Big Idea - with a wide range of interactive attractions suiting all ages.
There are countless Scottish museums in this energetic city, providing interesting information on the history of Glasgow and many other exhibitions. Some of the most noteworthy include the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the David Livingstone Museum, the popular Vikingar Museum, the Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum, the Glasgow Museum of Transport, the Springburn Museum, the Tenement House Museum, the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, the Mackintosh Gallery and the Compass Gallery.
Scotland is home to some of the most famous golf clubs in the United Kingdom, a number of which are located nearby, in areas such as Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Clarkston, Croftfoot, Dennistown, Dumbreck, Eastwood, Maryhill, Mount Vernon and Thornliebank. Golf is particularly popular and discount passes are usually available, lasting for seven days.
There are many interesting areas nearby Glasgow, such as Edinburgh
, Paisley, Kilbarchan, Greenock, Gourock and Wemyss Bay, all of which have many unique tourist attractions. Throughout the year, there are always plenty of things to see and do, as the overall appeal of Glasgow continues to bloom and entice travellers from England
More Glasgow Information / Fast Facts and Orientation
- Country: Scotland
- Location: south-west Scotland
- Status: city
- Area: 198 square kilometres / 76 square miles
- Population: 693,000
- Language: English
- Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)
- Time zone: GMT / UTC and BST (British Summer Time), 5 hours from Eastern Standard Time
- Country dialling code: +44
- Telephone area code: 0141
- Religion: various religions
- Average daily January temperature: 6°C / 43°F
- Average daily July temperature: 18°C / 64°F