1. The River Clyde
The River has always played a pivotal role in the city’s life. Nowadays the Clyde is a real focal point for leisure activities, with a string of attractions along its banks, including the spectacular titanium-clad trio of buildings that comprise the Glasgow Science Centre as well as the Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour and a plethora of restaurants and leisure options including a casino at Springfield Quay.
2. Fabulous shopping
The city’s shopping credentials are second to none – from designer labels, to high street favourites, to quirky one-off boutiques, Glasgow offers the best in retail therapy. Pack your credit card and don your comfiest shoes, then head to the “Golden Z” of Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street for a piece of shopping heaven.
3. The people
Glasgow is world renowned for being an extremely friendly city. The ‘weegies’ are humorous but modest and will always make you feel welcome.
4. Award-winning architecture
Glasgow is known as the best kept Victorian city and in 1999 Glasgow won the title of UK city of architecture and design. The city’s best known architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh left his mark on the city with a number of Art Nouveau buildings which inspire and delight. Sensuous curves, clever use of light and shade and exquisite motifs combine in an elegant and timeless way that is unique and unmistakably Glasgow.
5. Fantastic museums and galleries
Glasgow is home to over 20 museums and galleries. From the Museum of Transport to the St Mungo Museum of Life and Art, there is truly something for everyone. The city’s flagship museum is the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery – an iconic red sandstone building in the west end of the city, which houses precious artwork by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Dali, to name just a few, plus a fantastic natural history collection, armoury and even a beautifully-restored Spitfire.
6. Centrality of the city
Glasgow provides a great base from which to explore the Scottish countryside. In only half an hour, you can be in the spectacular Loch Lomond area enjoying the “bonnie bonnie banks”.
7. Fantastic nightlife
The Sauchiehall ‘strip’, situated at the top of Sauchiehall Street, is aptly named – jam packed with bars and big clubs where every taste is catered for. If you’re out for a more sophisticated evening then the Merchant City is for you. This area is full of classy restaurants and bars and generally attracts a professional crowd. The West End offers the best of both. Being a stone’s throw from the beautiful Glasgow University you can often find students blowing off some steam in Ashton Lane – a pretty little cobbled street with an abundance of watering holes.
8. Love of sport
Glaswegians are passionate about sport – so it is fitting that the city was chosen as host to the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Whether you want to participate or spectate, there are lots of opportunities to get sporty in Glasgow. Why not run a 10k, or even a half marathon? Or if you’d rather be less energetic, take a visit to the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, or watch some incredibly flexible athletes at the Gymnastics Grand Prix. Of course, Glasgow’s two big football teams Celtic and Rangers are always a big draw.
9. “Dear Green Place”
Glasgow City has more parks and gardens per head of population than any other European city. The beautiful green spaces provide the perfect chill out areas for socialising on sunny days and evenings. From the lush Botanic Gardens in the West End to the expanse of Glasgow Green in the centre, it’s easy to find a tranquil haven amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
10. Events and festivals
The city kicks off the year with Celtic Connections music festival in January, moves into February with the Glasgow Film Festival, has a laugh in spring with the International Comedy Festival, chills out in June with the Jazz Festival, embraces family fun in July with the River Festival. In August, Glasgow celebrates Scottish heritage with the Piping Live and the World Pipe Band Championships, gets arty with the Merchant City Festival in summer, sparkles in November with the Glasgow Fireworks and gets in the festive spirit in the run up to Christmas with Glasgow Loves Christmas.
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