Glasgow City Centre
Scotland’s largest city is an economic and cultural powerhouse; a fast-paced centre of vibrant arts and exhilarating music
Step into Glasgow for a blast of culture, a social whirl and a dynamic experience of Scotland at its most confident. In the days of the British Empire Glasgow was the United Kingdom’s second city, and in recent years has enjoyed a dramatic renaissance. Rusting shipyards have been transformed into futuristic museums and performance venues, while the extravagant buildings of the Victorian era have re-invented themselves into shops, theatres and cinemas.
Since the 1980s Glasgow has been European City of Culture, City of Architecture and Design, and Britain’s first city to be declared the UNESCO City of Music. It’s no surprise that Scotland’s national orchestra, opera and ballet companies are all located here - along with a slew of pubs and clubs catering for indie, jazz, folk and Latin bands.
Stroll down Buchanan Street to sample street music at its best alongside shopping opportunities to rival London’s Oxford Street, or saunter down Byres Road for pubs, restaurants and a quirky selection of shops.
Even in this urban environment of Central Glasgow you’ll still find oases of unspoiled nature. Kelvingrove Park is a classic example of a Victorian Park, sculpted onto the banks of the River Kelvin. This is linked by a leafy riverside walk to the Botanic Gardens on the historic River Clyde. Excellent transport links make it easy for you to get around the city centre as well as further afield, to the Scottish Highlands and Edinburgh, or London and the major cities of England.