With a population of around 580,000, Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and its commercial capital: the UK's largest retail centre after London. Situated in the Central Belt of Scotland on the west coast, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air, and the city welcomes over 3 million tourists from all over the world each year, who are drawn by its wealth of cultural attractions and activities. Glasgow is home to many wonderful art galleries and museums; first class sports and leisure facilities; excellent theatres; an array of restaurants, pubs and clubs; and beautiful parks. Spectacular coastal views and countryside, notably the world-renowned Scottish Highlands, are within easy reach, and the city is only 42 miles from Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh. Hotels in Glasgow offer fantastic accommodation for the five-star to the budget traveller.
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is Scotland's largest exhibition centre
For great views and relaxing in the rooftop café/bar
Glasgow's Shopping Mile which houses the largest retail centre after London
Glasgow is full of exciting experiences, and whether your taste is for Mackintosh or modern art, dinosaurs or Dalí, tall ship or tea room, science or Scottish football, Glasgow’s got it all. With a great network of tourist transport, why not see it all on an open topped tourist bus and hop on and off as often as you like?
For something slightly more intrepid, venture out into the Scottish Highlands with Rabbie’s Trail Burners and experience the splendour of the countryside with personalised small-group tours. Alternatively, enjoy the luxury of a fully air-conditioned Mercedes coach with Timberbush Tours and disappear for a two, three or four day adventure.
As one of Glasgow's leading attractions, the Scottish Football Museum is an ideal day out for families, avid football fans and novices eager to gain knowledge of Scottish football. With over 2500 objects on display in fourteen galleries, the museum is home to the world’s most impressive national collection of football-related objects, memorabilia and ephemera. Take the Stadium Tour, and walk past Scotland's footballing legends in the Hall of Fame.
Glasgow's West End refers to the Bohemian district of cafés, tea rooms, bars, boutiques, upmarket hotels, clubs and restaurants in the hinterland of Kelvingrove Park. It is incredibly popular with tourists, and is constantly buzzing with music and delicious aromas. The range of food available in such a short stretch of street is impressive, from local contemporary Scottish cuisine through to Mediterranean and all the way to the Far East. Each establishment serves up fine food and wines, and if you have the time, all should be visited at least once.
Due to its westerly position and proximity to the sea, Glasgow is one of Scotland's milder, wetter areas. Winters are normally chilly, damp and overcast, with clear or dry days very rare and snow often falling. Spring and summer are mild, but unpredictable: it is not uncommon for it to be warm, sunny and wet all in the same day.
The spring months (March to May) are generally mild, and a good time to visit if you prefer a peaceful vacation. Many of Glasgow's trees and plants begin to flower at this time of the year, and parks and gardens are filled with spring colours. The summer months (June to September) can vary considerably, but the warmest month is usually July.
Flights to Glasgow are well connected via bus links from Glasgow Airport to the city centre. The Arriva Glasgow Flyer provides a high-frequency bus service to and from Glasgow city centre (journey time is 15 minutes to Glasgow Central rail station or 25 minutes to the bus station).
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