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  • 1. History of Glasgow

    Evidence has been found of people living in the Glasgow area in the Stone Age. The city was becoming established by the 12th century, and work began on building the cathedral in 1175. In 1450, Glasgow Green became the city’s first public park and the university was founded a year later. The first cargo of tobacco arrived in Glasgow in 1674. Trading tobacco with America grew a...Read morend created Scotland’s first millionaires. During the 19th century, shipbuilding made Glasgow a rich city and it was during this time that many grand public buildings were built. Major economic downturn came in the 20th century as the demand for ships declined. Tenement buildings began being replaced with high-rise tower blocks to cope with a housing crisis. The Glasgow’s Miles Better campaign, launched in 1983, helped the city gain its reputation as a city of culture. Read less

  • 2. Now in Glasgow

    Many of the high-rise buildings have now been demolished and some of the remaining old tenements have been redeveloped and refurbished. Glasgow was given the title of UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and its many Victorian buildings sit alongside designs by art nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The tourism industry is strong in Glasgow. There are many museum...Read mores and art galleries and fantastic shopping facilities. Read less

  • 3. Events in Glasgow

    There are plenty of festivals and celebrations taking place in Glasgow every year. Celtic Connections is an event that celebrates traditional and contemporary Celtic music, Glasgow Film Festival celebrates talent in the movie industry and Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival takes place in venues across the city. The city also hosts The Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow Intern...Read moreational Jazz Festival, Glasgow International Piping Festival and the Inspiration Festival, among others. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Glasgow

    The list of museums and art galleries in the city is extensive. Some of the main ones are: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Hunterian Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art, The Burrell Collection and the Glasgow School of Art. Glasgow Science Centre is a popular attraction for tourists with hands-on activities and a Nina and the Neurons exhibit trail. Glasgow Botanic Gardens...Read more are in the West End of the city and Victoria Park and Fossil Grove contains gardens, an arboretum, a museum containing pre-historic tree fossils and an adventure playground. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Glasgow

    You can learn how to ski and snowboard at the Xscape centre with real snow. There is also rock climbing, a sky-high adventure course and a cinema at the site. You can drink tea as they did 100 years ago in The Willow Tea Rooms, designed by Glasgow’s Charles Rennie Macintosh in 1904. Other Macintosh buildings are The Glasgow School of Art, The Macintosh Church and the Scotland...Read more Street School Museum. Visitors to The People’s Palace, in historic Glasgow Green, can learn about the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. The Winter Gardens next door have exotic palms and the restored Doulton Fountain. Open top bus tours are another way to see the city centre’s sights. Read less

  • 6. Business in Glasgow

    Glasgow boasts the title of being the second largest shopping centre in the UK. Shopping malls include trendy Princes Square, huge St Enoch Centre, Sauchiehall Street Centre, the Argyle Arcade and the Buchanan Street Gardens. Glasgow has great cafes, restaurants and bars, many of them award-winning.

  • 7. Transport in Glasgow

    The city’s two airports are Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Glasgow Central Station has good rail links to the rest of the UK and Glasgow Queen Street Station has rail links to the rest of Scotland. The city also has its own underground train system. The M8 motorway runs through the centre of Glasgow and links the city to major A-roads.

  • 8. Entertainment in Glasgow

    Theatres in the city centre include the Theatre Royal, Glasgow Barrowland, Tron Theatre, O2 Academy, Pavilion Theatre, Kings Theatre and Royal Concert Hall. Glasgow’s live music venues include The Barrowlands, Braehead International Arena, The Carling Academy, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, the SECC and Queen Margaret Union. Live comedy can be found at The Stand Comedy Club, The H...Read moreighlight Comedy Club and Jongleurs Comedy Club, among other venues. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Glasgow

    Pollok House, which sits in Pollok Country Park, dates back to around 1750 and is now a museum with many paintings and artefacts. The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens were opened on Glasgow Green in 1898. The aim was to provide working class people with a venue for leisure and the palace included reading and recreation rooms and a museum and art gallery.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Glasgow

    John Logie Baird, inventor of television, was from Glasgow.


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