Today's Glasgow is vibrant and cosmopolitan, bursting with a freshness and style that few cities in the UK can match. Voted "Coolest City in Britain" in a recent nationwide survey, the city is famous for its art and culture. It was the European City of Culture in 1990 beating Paris and Athens, in 1999 it won the title of UK City of Architecture & Design and was the European Capital of Sport in 2003.
Just outside the lies some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery, an area rich in history, with each local town and village having its own fascinating tale to tell. Night owls meanwhile can groove the small hours away at a host of club venues. Glasgow has a reputation for providing visitors with a variety of wonderful experiences, whether they seek entertainment, culture, shopping, relaxation, good food or drink. Any of these, or more, and Glasgow is the place for you!
Over 2 million tourists visit the city each year to enjoy the wealth of attractions that Glasgow has to offer, including internationally renowned art galleries and museums. Glasgow boats more than 70 parks and gardens, hence the Gaelic translation of Glasgow, "dear green place." If you enjoy the performing arts Glasgow is home to Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The best shopping in the UK outside London and nightlife to match is found in the heart of Glasgow or just five minutes away in the West End.
With over 800 bars and pubs to choose from and an endless selection of nightclubs, weekend revelers simply flock to Glasgow. Culture lovers can soak up the atmosphere from the numerous festivals and live gigs throughout the year, including Celtic Connections in January, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival in June/July, the West End Festival in August and many, many more. Or perhaps you'd prefer to take in a show at one of the city's many theatres.If you enjoy sightseeing or visiting the many attractions that a major city provides, there are many ways to enjoy the best of Glasgow. Bus tours, train, subway and even boat trips are available for your pleasure and convenience. Regular public transport links mean that the entire city, and beyond, are yours to explore.
Visit the Glasgow Science Centre on the banks of the River Clyde and marvel at the wonder of science. In addition, countless first class Museums and Art Galleries across the city are also well worth a look, while many of the buildings throughout Glasgow offer stunning architecture. No surprise considering that Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a visionary in the field of architecture, is a native of Glasgow. His masterpieces include Glasgow School of Art and the Willow Tea Rooms, while the Lighthouse celebrates his brilliance. There's so much to see in Glasgow you might need to come back!