Glasgow City Guide

Glasgow is known for hosting more than 3 million tourists every year. It has been dubbed as the European City of Culture in 1990 because of its various attractions and cultural wealth. It is Scotland's largest city and is highly populated. It is located in West Central Scotland along the banks of the River Clyde. During the 18th century Glasgow became the center of trade with America and the first items traded included tobacco, sugar and cotton. The industrial era which followed had seen Glasgow exporting more products such as engineered goods, steel and textiles. The opening of the Port Dundas basin and the Monkland Canal, in the late 1700s, promoted shipbuilding which made Glasgow famous as the center of engineering and in building innovative vessels. At the end of the 19th century, Glasgow was known as the “Second City of the Empire.” During this time innovative and ambitious projects were built such as the Subway, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Mitchell Library among many others. There was a decline in the 20th century, but toward the end of the 1980s, Glasgow has seen a tremendous progress. The opening of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center marked the financial, business and tourism growth in the city. It is presently included in the worlds top 10 cities for tourists destination. People living in Glasgow are called Glaswegian, their language is also called Glaswegian or Glasgow Patter. Accommodations ranges from choices among the plush five star hotels to some of the affordable inns in the city. A visit to Glasgow will bring the tourist to the best places to shop for fashionable clothes, jewelries, antiques, scarves and many other items as it is United Kingdoms best retail center outside of London. Restaurants in Glasgow offers a variety of delightful cuisine from different parts of the world. There are Italian, Indian, Chinese, British, Scottish, Turkish and International restaurants willing to cater to every tourists dining needs. Cinemas, theaters, clubs and pubs are also places that offer night life entertainment to all visitors and local folks from the city. The Cat House, The Garage and the Sub Club are the favorite dancing clubs and hang outs of many young adults. These places teem with lively up-beat music until the wee hours of the morning. There are also places to relax, drink some wine or beer, meet new people, and simply savor the wonderful ambiance of Glasgow's night life. Experience Glasgow and appreciate all its attractions by exploring its grounds on foot. Tourist could also take the bus or try the urban rail transit in order to get about the city, or go from one museum to the next. Although the city teems with unending activities all throughout the year, the best time to visit it is during the summer months which is in the months of May to September.