Glasgow location guide
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest city in the UK. It is a national cultural hub, home of the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre Scotland to name just a few. Glasgow achieved the European City of Culture in 1990 and has a thriving music and comedy scene and many fascinating museums and galleries. One of Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic cities, Glasgow is renowned for its friendliness, vibrant night life and superb shopping Glasgow boasts many green spaces, parks and gardens to enjoy, providing space to relax and take part in sports and activities.
Glasgow has excellent network of roads, trains, buses and the subway, making getting around easy.
Located on the river Clyde, Glasgow has a rich history of trade, shipbuilding and marine engineering, the evidence of its prosperity can be found in the stunning Victorian and art nouveau architecture. Glasgow was the UK's City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and one of the city's most celebrated sons is the legendary architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow is known for its tenement buildings being the most popular form of housing in Glasgow since the 19th century and are favoured for their large rooms, high ceilings and original period features. Glasgow has the only tenement conservation area in the UK.
Modern buildings in Glasgow include the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Glasgow Science Centre, The Hydro and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, whose Clyde Auditorium was designed by Sir Norman Foster, and is colloquially known as the "Armadillo".
Glasgow has been home to a world leading university since the 15th century, boasting seven Nobel laureates, one Prime Minister and Scotland’s inaugural First Minister. Amongst its memorable achievements are Albert Einstein’s lecture on the origins of the general theory of relativity at the University and the world’s first ultrasound images of a foetus were published by Glasgow Professor Ian Donald in 1958.
In addition to hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow has hosted some other memorable sporting events which include, the world's first international football match held in 1872, the European record for attendance at a football match, the final of the UEFA Champions League on three occasions and the UEFA Cup Final in 2007.
- Glasgow's second most important river is the Kelvin, which is where the title of Baron Kelvin originated, and subsequently Kelvin was used as the scientific unit of temperature.
- World famous architects Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander 'Greek' Thomson came from Glasgow
- The city's Mitchell Library is Europe's largest public reference library with more than a million volumes
- The world's last sea-going paddle-steamer, the 'Waverley' was built on the banks of the River Kelvin by A & J Inglis in 1947
- The largest collection of Clyde ship models in the world is housed in the Museum of Transport
- The first official international football match was played at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick in 1872
- Glasgow has Europe's largest civic arts collection, currently valued at 1.8 Billion Pounds.
- Fossil Grove in Glasgow's Victoria Park is home to eleven extinct fossilised trees. More than 330 million years in age. The trees are twice as old, as when dinosaurs first roamed the earth.