Glasgow City History

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Welcome to Glasgow,

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland with a population of around 1,000,000 inhabitants and is the third most populated city in the UK. Glasgow has become this popular due to the stylish and diverse culture that surrounds it.

City Centre:


Shopping-Glasgow's city centre is well known for it's massive range of retail shops situated in it with the likes of famous streets like Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street. All of these are neighbouring streets so quick and easy access for a great shopping experience! Glasgow has the biggest, and debatably the best, retail shops excluding London. Glasgow has a large variety of high street shopping, ranging from such designer shopping as Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Prada etc right through to River Island, Urban Outfitters and New Look.


Transport- Glasgow prides itself on the large range of transport available with two main line railway stations; Queen Street Stations- connects with the North of Scotland and Edinburgh- and Glasgow Central Station- connects with various parts of England- both of these located in the city centre. Glasgow also has a underground subway line that goes through most of the city. All child prices are half of adult prices with a single adult fare at £1.20 and return at £2.40. Although a lot of the city centre is easily accessible by foot. Glasgow International Airport is the largest international airport available has links to all over the world and handles the majority of Glasgow's air traffic.


Entertainments- There is a large range of entertainments to be enjoyed by everyone- from galleries and museums to pubs and bars, Glasgow even has it's own cathedrals! Glasgow has over twenty galleries and museums, all free admission! Ones to visit are: The world famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which even houses (Christ of Saint John of the Cross) by Salvador Dali, this museum is the most popular free admission attraction in Scotland and recently underwent a refurbishment of £28m to include a new restaurant and more space for exhibits- This was opened by the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll in 2006, The Transport Museum, St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art and the massively popular Glasgow Science Centre- made up of three different buildings which are the Science Mall, an IMAX Cinema and the Glasgow Tower- all of this is a great family attraction and is demonstrated as has been awarded five stars in the visitor attraction category. 

Glasgow is host to over 700 pubs and bars as well as a huge choice of clubs that can double up to music venues.  Some great clubs to visit are The Sub Club, The Garage and The Arches as well as many, many more! Other entertainments that are possible are Theatre (Theatre Royal, Kings Theatre etc), Cinema- for all the family, performing arts organisations such as Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and other leisurely activities- even paintballing!   

There is a reason why Glasgow welcomes many of the world's most popular artists and bands such as Lady Gaga and Coldplay. This is because of their more famous venues like the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the SECC and King Tuts Wah Wah Hut. The SECC can hold up to 12,000 persons and this venue was recently used to host The MOBO awards in 2009 even making Glasgow the first city outside of London to host this events since it was first launched in 1995!                                                                                                  


All year round Glasgow hosts annual festivals. The main ones are;

 Glasgow International Jazz Festival(29th June- 3rd July) this is one of Europe’s jazz festival’s and is held in the Merchant City area of Glasgow. In 2009 the Jazz Festival saw over 250 artists, in 16 venues with 60 concerts all in one weekend! This event attracts jazz lovers from all over the world and world-class players including Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Oscar Peterson. Excluding the main festival  many fringe artists are featured in bars, restaurants and hotels.

West End Festival(3rd-26th June), Merchant City Festival(21st-24rth July) 

and the world famous Glasgay!(15th October-12th November)- To show Glasgow's cultural side, to celebrate the massive queer community in Glasgow and Scotland!

There is another reason why Glasgow is one of the most desirable city in the United Kingdom and that is because of it's Universities. University of Glasgow is the most renowned university in Glasgow, and is currently one of seventeen higher education places in the United Kingdom ranked in top 100 in the world, although there are others that are equally prestigious. The likes of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of Scotland's great architects, studied at Glasgow School of Art.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a architect, designer, watercolourist and artist and was the leading Art Nouveau designer in the United Kingdom. In the early stages of Mackintosh's studying years at Glasgow School of Art he completed a project called the Queen's Cross Church project. This church was later on to be built and is presently the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Headquarters. During his career he also designed and built the former Glasgow Herald offices that have now been converted into The Lighthouse, which is Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and City and one of Glasgow's great landmarks.

Glasgow is not only rich in entertainments and character- its also is home to the most exotic and luxury accommodation in Scotland.

-Radisson Blu Hotel that is the winner of several awards, mainly architecturally like European Hotel Design award and Glasgow Institute of Architects Award, but also has won Glasgow Hotel of the Year award in the past.

-Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort is another one of the most famous hotels in Glasgow with 240 acres estate owned to support it\'s champion, world class golf course and the only AVEDA Destination Spa in the UK, even having a 24hour butler service! This hotel is only ten minutes from Glasgow International Airport so is in high demand from visiting tourists.

These are only a couple of Glasgow accommodation examples, look on for all our selections.


History Of Glasgow

A Christian missionary named Saint Mungo in the sixth centuary founded Glasgow. Glasgow has always been populated due to the River Clyde right beside it-, which was a natural good fishing location. In 1136 the first stone cathedral was built therefore establishing it was a religious and academic city. University started of in the Cathedral in 1451, by papal bull, but as popularity increased by the 17th centaury the University had established it’s own building in the High Street. By the 16th centaury access to the Atlantic Ocean had become available so Glasgow was importing a large amount of American Tobacco and cotton, plus Caribbean sugar. Thanks to Lanarkshire, Glasgow became an industrial city because of coal and iron. All of this trading resulted in Glasgow being known as one of the richest cities in the world, in 1893 and therefore one of the most cultured; opening museums, libraries and parks. All along Glasgow has been a powerful country, one of the most exciting in Scotland.