Glasgow at a Glance
Glasgow is a thriving, pulsating city with one of the best live music scenes in all of Britain. Amongst its striking Victorian and Edwardian buildings are a bevy of restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs that will easily persuade you to sleep the day away and save all your energy for after the sun sets. Not a night owl? Glasgow has plenty to keep your trip exciting: pre-historic sites, heritage sites, museums, galleries, shopping, modern architecture and football.
Not to be missed Glasgow thrived in the 19th and 20th centuries and as such there is an abundance of beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture throughout its city centre. Additionally, Glasgow is home to many great galleries and museums, green spaces and festivals. Of everything to see and do in Glasgow, these are some of the most noteworthy:
- The Fossil Grove: In Victoria Park, the Fossil Grove is the remains of a pre-historic rainforest.
- Designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh: One of Glasgow’s greatest architects, Mackintosh’s work can be seen throughout the city. Most popular is the Glasgow School of Art and the Willow Tea Rooms.
- Stirling Day Trip: Stirling is where the country’s hero, William "Braveheart" Wallace defeated the English army.
- Antonine Wall: A fortification built in 142AD by the Romans in Bearsden, part of greater Glasgow. Two sections of the wall are viewable: one in New Kilpatrick Cemetery, and one in Roman Park.
- Glasgow Cathedral of St. Mungo: This Gothic Cathedral dates back to medieval times. It was built on a site that was first consecrated in 397 AD.
Uniquely Glasgow The Titan Crane was opened in 1907 on the banks of the River Clyde. Designed by Sir William Arrol, it was originally used by Clyde shipyards to lift engines and boilers into warships. In 2005, the crane underwent renovations and repair to turn it into a premiere visitor attraction and heritage site. Re-opening in 2007, 100 years from its birth, Titan Crane has won many awards and is a premiere sight when in Glasgow. Visitors will be able to take a tour to the top, which is 150 ft above the ground.
Good to know about Glasgow Practical details are important in Scotland’s largest city:
- Climate: Typically, May to September is sunny and mild with damp mornings. Spring is mild as well, but has a higher chance of rain. The winter is routinely cold, damp and windy.
- City Transportation: Glasgow city centre is quite compact so exploring by foot is advised, alternatively there are comprehensive metro, bus and train networks.
- Accommodation: It is highly advised to book well in advance, as Glasgow accommodation is slightly limited.
- Eating Out: The West End, the stretch of Sauchiehall Street between the end of the pedestrian area and Charing Cross, has the highest number of restaurants and drinking establishments.
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