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An Introduction to Glasgow

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, situated in Lanarkshire, and well known as a vibrant, exciting, fashionable and cultural place to visit. Each year Glasgow attracts more and more tourists, especially since it was named the European City of Culture in 1990 (beating the likes of Amsterdam, Paris and Athens!).

History of Glasgow City

Glasgow’s history spans across thousands of years, and is thought to have been founded by St Mungo in the 6th century. Its location by the River Clyde meant it originally started life as a fishing settlement, and became an important town by the 12th century.

The Middle Ages marked the beginning of Glasgow city as we know it today. The cathedral was built in 1136, and from this time Glasgow had a weekly market showcasing the many talents of its people, including butchers, bakers, skinners, tanners, glovers, fullers and dyers. During this time Glasgow reached a population of 1,500: small by today’s standards, and not particularly notable even at that time.

Despite plague and two destructive fires in the 17th century, Glasgow continued to prosper. It was always an important point for trade, growing throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, where the population in the 1800s quickly grew from 12,000 to 84,000, eventually overtaking Edinburgh to become the largest Scottish city. Today, Glasgow and its surrounding area are home to over 40% of all Scottish residents.

Things to Do In Glasgow

There is no shortage of things to do in Glasgow. For lovers of art and culture, Glasgow boasts more than 20 museums and galleries throughout its streets. Particularly notable are the Burrell Collection, the Museum of Religion, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Lighthouse.

Take a walk around the streets to admire the Victorian architecture spread throughout the city, or visit Provand’s Lordship or St Mungo’s Cathedral if you want to get more of a feel for the city’s Medieval origins.

A Night Out In Glasgow

There is no shortage of nightlife in this buzzing city, with over 800 pubs and bars to choose from, on top of a huge choice of night clubs. The city is also home to a huge selection of restaurants, entertainment venues and more.

The city streets can get particularly busy on Fridays and Saturdays. Festival seasons also draw in huge crowds, including the Celtic Connections festival in January, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival in June and July, and many more throughout the year.

Travel Around the City Centre

Many of Glasgow’s top sights are available to visit on foot from the city centre, and visitors can also take advantage of the large public transport network. However, if you’re in a group or want to visit a number of places, it helps to have a reliable transport option to use.

Minibus hire is a fantastic way to arrange your own city tour, and taxis are useful from getting you to and from the airport, or home after a night out. Be sure to book your journey in advance, if possible, to beat the crowds.

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