Glasgow used to be a major Industrial Revolution city, with thriving shipbuilding industries.
Today, Scotland’s largest city has a population of 600,000, that increases to two-and-a-half million when Greater Glasgow Area residents are included.
Romans, well before the modern calendar appeared on the scene, had established outposts in the wide valley floor bisected by the River Clyde. At that time the settlement served as a major source of inbound and export shipping.
During and shortly after the Industrial Revolution, Glasgow was packed with housing tenements, freighters, passenger liners and sky-blackening soot from coal-fired factories. In mid 1800’s Glasgow was a major industrial city, where shipbuilding played an important role and contributed to its wealth. Still, many people think of Glasgow as a soot-blackened city of yesteryear, but today it is a green and inviting city with many sites well worth visiting.
First time visitors are always surprised how much there is to do and see.
You can visit City centre with sidewalk cafes, restaurants, bars, the university grounds, and the Kelvingrove museum without the need for transportation.
The East End requires the use of public transportation. The subways system is well laid out, as is the bus service.
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a red sandstone, multi-turreted building, and one of Scotland’s most popular sites that includes paintings, sculptures, and artefacts, ranging from natural history to medieval Scottish armour, including a mounted elephant and a restored spitfire plane.
The 19the century bestowed Glasgow with Victorian and Edwardian buildings, all of which were built with money that industrialists brought in.
The Glasgow Cathedral, geiorge Square, the Tradestone Pedestrian Bridge crossing the River Clyde, Glasgow University, Burrell Collection, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Police Museum, Glasgow Science Museum, People’s palace and Riverside Museum are interesting and highly recommended. For those who like to stroll in parks, Glasgow offers many opportunities.
With all the sites to visit, the time-pressed tourist can take a Red Bus Tour (double decker) with plenty of hop-on-hop-off stops. Nightlife lovers enjoy visiting clubs, classical concerts and those who like festivals should contact tourism authorities for an annual schedule.
You can shop for many articles on Argyle, and Buchanan Streets.
The city is famous for fish and chips stress, Chinese, European, Indian, Mexican, and vegetarian restaurants and take out.
Once in Glasgow,
you can visit Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, after a short train ride.
There are all levels of accommodation available.
Glasgow has an international airport, serviced by many continental European and international airlines, trains from London, Edinburgh, and bus services. A ferry operates between Ireland and Glasgow for
those who like to visit many cities in a few days.