Glasgow North Location Guide
Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic cities and is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest city in the UK. It played a significant part in the industrial revolution by becoming one of the world’s capitals of heavy engineering. Its shipbuilding and marine engineering capability was legendary and has led to Glasgow being one of Europe’s top ten financial centres today and arguably one of the best cities in Europe in which to live.
Glasgow is steeped in history with fine examples of Victorian architecture and reminders of its industrial past. Its heavy engineering heritage influenced the architecture of the city The Forth and Clyde Canal greatly influenced the city with its large industrial building which today, provides fascinating canal side homes, cafes, shops and other business outlets. The first World War heritage trail explains the impact of the war on the people of Glasgow
Glasgow is the home of many fascinating Art Galleries and Museums such as the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, The Burrell Collection, The Huntarian Museum, The Gallery of Modern Art, The Transport Museum and many more cultural delights.
Glasgow's West End is the bohemian part of the city home of a large selection of tea rooms, bars, hotels, independent shops and restaurants. North Glasgow includes some of Glasgow's most affluent suburbs, like Milngavie and Bishopbriggs, and some up and coming areas such as Possilpark and Hamiltonhill. There has been a lot of regeneration in some areas of North Glasgow, Ruchill in particular has had a dramatic transformation in recent times.
From the traditional to the contemporary, Glasgow North has an impressive variety of housing to suit all. There are many different styles of houses for sale and rent in Glasgow, whether you're looking for a traditional, contemporary, large, small, attached or detached property, there will be a home to suit. Glasgow has one of the largest residential lettings populations per capita.
Shopping in Glasgow is world class and certainly has some of the best retail facilities in the UK. It is the second largest shopping centre in the UK with its retail sector generating more money than any other place in the UK, apart from central London. The main shopping centres are:
- The St. Enoch Centre with its eye-catching glass pyramid is great for the family and has all the main high street chains and department stores.
- The Buchanan Galleries has more upmarket shops, including Swarovski and Fred Perry.
- The most high-end shops are found in Princes Square and the Italian Centre.
- Style Mile, one square mile of high street shops and designer boutiques
- Out of town shopping centres include Silverburn, Braehead and The Fort
Glasgow North boasting some of the most fascinating shopping experiences including:
- Valhalla's Goat in Glasgow's West End is a veritable treasure trove full of fine wine and beers from around the world and handmade chocolates.
- Ashton Lane is a fascinating and characterful cobbled lane popular throughout the day and evenings, with a great choice of bars and restaurants. The Grosvenor Cinema boasts big comfy seats for its guests. Ashton Lane has a vibrant nightlife with a range of restaurants, pubs and live music venues.
- Numerous Parks and gardens in which to relax, Ruchill Park has a variety of vantage points of the city and just a few miles from Glasgow City Centre.
- Glasgow Tiger’s Speedway for thrills and spills just 10 minutes from the city centre
- Kelvingrove Park,
- Glasgow Botanic Gardens and situated next to the River Kelvin and provides a tranquil blend of woodland walks and formal gardens with the added attraction of the Kibble Palace glasshouse.
- The Beautifully formed Charles Rennie Mackintosh's only church building, Queen's Cross Church is owned by the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and is a popular venue for weddings, conferences and concerts.
- Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
- Speirs Wharf is a beautiful location to enjoy a walk along the canal. Visitors to Speirs Wharf can also participate in a number of sports including canoeing, cycling and running as well as enjoy a number of places to dine.
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of the favoured attractions of Glasgow's West End. Housing one of Europe's great art collections amongst many other great exhibitions, it's one of the most visited museums in the United Kingdom.
- Glasgow University is of great historic important and is a significant institution of Glasgow.
- Originally built as the bonded warehouse for Highland Distilleries, ‘The Whisky Bond’ is home to a growing community of artists and designers. Situated on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal and within the city's newest culture district, the building now offers a variety of space for freelance and start-up artists and hosts an array of events and exhibitions.
- A Play, a Pie and a Pint, is Òran Mór's groundbreaking lunchtime theatre programme, located in the West end, which began in 2004 and now commissions around 37 new plays every year across every genre.
Glasgow boasts some very successful state schools that are amongst the best in the country and many great independent schools. Glasgow is also a major centre of higher and academic research with 4 universities and 11 ‘further education’ colleges within 10 miles of the city centre.The University of Glasgow is often ranked as one of the top universities in the world and is the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world.
Getting around Glasgow is a breeze with a good choice of efficient transport. Glasgow is well served with a large transport system which is predominantly managed by the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). The Glasgow Subway is the UK's only completely underground subway system, it was the third metro system built in the world, with only the London Underground and Budapest Metro being built before it. It is a 6.5 mile-long loop around the city, going north and south of the River Clyde. Most bus routes are served by private operators providing exceptional services throughout the city and surrounding areas. The road network provides a means of travel and connects to many motorways with the M8 and M74 passing through the city. Glasgow has the second most extensive urban rail network in the UK.
Glasgow is home to many sports facilities and teams including:
- Football - Four Scottish football teams: Celtic, Partick Thistle, Queen's Park and Rangers.
- Rugby Union - The Glasgow Warriors
- Rugby league - The Easterhouse Panthers
- Cricket - The Clydesdale Cricket Club
- Ice rinks - Elite Ice Hockey League team, Braehead Clan
- The world's oldest swimming club - the Arlington Baths Club.
- Basketball - Glasgow Rocks,
- Motorcycle speedway racing - Glasgow Tigers
- Rowing clubs
- Shinty (a Scottish version of hockey) – Glasgow hosts the Camanachd Cup, shinty's top prize.
- Outdoor playing fields,
- Golf clubs and
- Artificial ski slopes