Glasgow Visitor information
An Introduction To Glasgow
Glasgow is perhaps the most shining example of how to take the gains of an industrial past to create a future. Despite its wealth being built on the back of ship building and trade it has managed to transform itself into a centre for commerce, culture and tourism. This has been recognised by winning European titles of City of Culture 1990, City of Architecture and Design 1999 and Capital of Sport 2003 and will now host the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Much of the architecture is from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. With Glaswegian architecture surrounded by the "cult of Mackintosh" and in the Art Nouveau style but many other styles are present such as Gothic at the Cathedral which is on a site consecrated since 397AD. The Burrell Collection is a recommended. The city chambers, though often overlooked, are free to visit and give insight to former government. The botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace have been described as 'beautiful' and the open space attracts many. The Glenlee, a ship built in 1896 is in Glasgow harbour and open to the public to explore, rich in history it is worth a visit.
Travelling to Glasgow
Glawsgow has its own international airport run by BAA and has a 25 minute shuttle to the centre of the city. from the airport are bus networks and trains.
Glasgow has three main train stations, Glasgow Central, Queen Street and Port Glasgow. The former is connected to many mainline train stations and all three run regular trains around the city.
The M8 runs through the city, and is connected to the M80, M77 and M74. The journey time from London is 8 hours and from Edinburgh it is little over an hour.
Bus and Coach
Glasgow has many bus and coach operators that can take you in and around the city including Scottish City Link, Firstand Glasgow City Bus.
Glasgow's history stretches back almost two thousand years. Originally it was a small salmon fishing village at a crossing point on the River Clyde and to reach where it is in the present day it has been shaped by Battles, World Wide Trade and Heavy Industry.
Founded by a Christian missionary (St Mungo), Glasgow became a major religious centre. Mungo's original church was destroyed by the wars which swept the country in the years after his death. Today's Cathedral dates from the 12th Century. Bishop's Castle once stood on the site now occupied by Glasgow's Royal Infirmary. Here, in 1300, William Wallace with 300 men defeated an army of 1000 English Knights who had taken possession of the castle under the English Bishop of Durham.
Due to its location on the west of the country, Glasgow was well positioned to send shipping to the West Indies and America and by the 18th century many merchants had acquired great wealth by importing sugar, rum and tobacco, however luxury was rare for the majority of the population who had very little.
With the coming of the Industrial Revolution, aided by technological advances designed by Clydeside inventors such as James Watt, heavy industry in the shape of railway locomotives and shipbuilding flourished.
1990 saw the city adorned as the European City of Culture and in 1999 Glasgow hosted the Festival of Architecture and Design.