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Glasgow

Glasgow (UK) – the most detailed information about the city with photos. Glasgow main sights with descriptions, travel guides and maps.

City of Glasgow (UK).

Glasgow is the largest city of Scotland, located in the north-west of Britain. It is one of the main cultural centers of the United Kingdom (if you leave out London) with typical Scottish charm and magnificent architecture. Glasgow is an example of skilful modern urban planning, when in the past the big industrial center was transformed into a popular tourist destination with the preservation of the historical image. It is a beautiful green city with many parks, museums, stores and attractions from the Middle Ages to the present day.

What to do (Glasgow):

Explore Glasgow

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Explore Glasgow

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Geography and climate

Glasgow is situated in the northwest of the United Kingdom in the middle of the Mid-Scottish Lowlands. The River Clyde runs through the city. The climate is temperate maritime, characterized by cool and rainy summers and mild winters.

Glasgow Christmas Market

Glasgow Christmas Market

Tourist Information

  1. Population – more than 620 thousand people.
  2. Area – 175,5 km 2 .
  3. Language – English and Scottish.
  4. Currency – pound sterling.
  5. Time – UTC 0, in summer UTC +1.
  6. The UK is not a member of the Schengen agreement. Visas can be obtained by personal visits to accredited visa centers located in Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, and Yekaterinburg.
  7. Trains from southern Scotland arrive at Central Station, and trains from Edinburgh and the northern part of the country – at Queen Street station.
  8. Glasgow has a fairly large international airport, which takes even intercontinental flights.
  9. Glasgow is considered the best city for shopping in Scotland and second in the UK (after London). The main shopping area is the so-called “Golden Z” – the area bounded by Argyle, Buchanan and Sauchiehall streets. In the suburbs of Glasgow there are several large shopping centers. In the historic part of the city you can find a large shopping complex Buchanan Galleries.
  10. Glasgow is famous for its pubs, which are concentrated in the West End, Charing Cross, around Queen Street Station and in the university area.
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History

Glasgow was founded in the late 6th century and has worked its way up from a small rural settlement to Scotland’s largest seaport. Legend has it that the city was founded by St. Mungo, who built a monastery on the banks of the Molendinar River (now the site of the cathedral). The first written mention of Glasgow dates back to the 12th century. By the end of that century the city had become an important religious center. Between 1175 and 1178, Glasgow received city rights and the right to trade, which contributed to the growth and development of the city. In 1451, a university was founded here, which is one of the oldest in Britain.

Cityscape

Panorama of the city

In the 16th century the importance of the city slightly weakened. The reason for this was the Reformation. In 1611 Glasgow became a royal city. Although during the 16th and part of the 17th centuries, it still remained a province. In the second half of the 17th century, Glasgow becomes a major center of transatlantic trade. After severe fires, the wooden buildings are replaced by stone houses. In the 18th century, the Industrial Revolution made Glasgow one of Britain’s major industrial centers. In 19th century it became the largest city in Scotland. Now Glasgow is one of Britain’s most prosperous cities.

Glasgow Central Station

Glasgow Central Station

Attractions

Glasgow has a wonderful architectural heritage in the form of remarkable Victorian buildings and several monuments of the Middle Ages period. Many of the buildings in the old city were built of red or light sandstone and date back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Cathedral

Cathedral

The Cathedral, a medieval cathedral, is the most significant historical monument in Glasgow. The cathedral was founded in the 12th century and is dedicated to St. Mungo (he is also buried here). This imposing ancient building is a magnificent example of Scottish Gothic.

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Necropolis

Necropolis

Behind the cathedral is an old Victorian cemetery, which contains numerous ancient monuments, sculptures, tombs and mausoleums.

Glasgow University

Glasgow University

Glasgow University is one of the oldest universities of Great Britain, founded in the 15th century. Here you can visit an interesting museum, which includes collections on ethnography, zoology, geology and archaeology, including finds from the Roman period.

St George's Square

St. George’s Square

St. George’s Square is the heart of Glasgow’s historic center, surrounded by beautiful Victorian houses. Its most interesting features are the magnificent town hall and 12 statues of famous residents.

Provand's Lordship

Provand’s Lordship

Provand’s Lordship is Glasgow’s oldest house and one of only four surviving medieval houses. It is now home to a museum that displays historic 17th-century royal portraits and furniture.

Kelvingrove

Kelvingrove

Kelvingrove is an art gallery and museum located in a beautiful historic Spanish Baroque building. It displays valuable works of art as well as a collection of weapons and armor.

Riverside

Riverside

Riverside is a transportation museum where you can find models of ships, locomotives, streetcars, antique cars and horse-drawn carriages. The museum is housed in a striking modern building that is one of the most striking examples of modern architecture.

Pollock House

Pollock House

Pollock House is an old Edwardian mansion built in 1752. The building is now open to the public and contains a collection of paintings by Spanish artists.

Glasgow Green

Glasgow Green

Glasgow Green is the oldest of the city’s parks, located a few minutes from the historic center. The park was founded in 1662. It now houses a museum of modern city history and a greenhouse with beautiful collections of tropical plants.

Science Center

Science Center

The Science Center is a magnificent modern architectural complex on the south bank of the Clyde River. Includes a science complex (various science and educational exhibitions), IMAX movie theater and a 127-meter high observation tower.

St Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral is a beautiful neo-Gothic cathedral located on the west side of Glasgow. It dates from the late 19th century.

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St George's Church in Trona

Trona Church of St. George

Trona Church of St. George is a former parish church completed in the early 19th century.

Interesting tours

History of Coffee and Tea in London

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History of coffee and tea in London

Learn where and how the culture of tea and coffee drinking originated, and experience the atmosphere of those glorious times

Robert Lewis Stevenson's Pictorial Notes

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Robert Lewis Stevenson’s pictorial notes.

Discover Edinburgh in the pages of the Scottish writer’s work

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