Introducing the city

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Main Course £12.00

About Glasgow

Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city, is edgy, arty and full of character. Home to a gothic university, green parks and some of the best drinking spots in the country, it's perfect for a wee city break.

‘Damned few an' they're a' deid!’ This may sound like a quote from a Shakespearean villain but it’s actually a drinking toast in Scotland. And where better to raise a glass than Glasgow, one of Scotland’s best places for a night out.

While the noisy pubs and bustling bars of Ashton Lane may beckon, there’s plenty more to Scotland’s biggest city than its drinking culture. Home to over five million people, Glasgow is known as one of the art capitals of the U.K., boasting Kelvingrove Gallery and the Burrell Collection among its major sights. Best of all, many attractions are free (so you can keep your pennies for the pints).

Beyond the cultural quarters lies a city of many sides; the Harry-Potter worthy university buildings ooze gothic grandeur, while the 90 parks and green spaces are little pockets of calm within this student-friendly city. And if you’re not suffering too much from the night before then book in for a tasting tour at Glengoyne whisky distillery – any Scot will tell you that a wee dram can cure anything.

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When Should You Visit?

Make the most of the warmer days by visiting during the summer months: July and August are best.

Glasgow has an oceanic climate with mild summers, cool to cold winters and a large amount of rainfall. The coolest month is January with an average temperature of 3 degrees Celsius and the warmest month is July at 15 degrees Celsius; January sees the most rain.

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Travioor top tips

Free Sights
Queen's Park
City Guide

Insider Info

  • Most major attractions are free, including the Kelvingrove, the Modern Art and the Burrell galleries, plus Glasgow Cathedral.

  • If the weather’s good, head to the top of Queen’s Park for uninterrupted views of the university’s gothic towers and Clyde Arc Bridge.

  • Download the free Glasgow city guide app for events and insider tips when visiting the city.

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Food and drink

Main Course £12.00

3-Course Meal £50.00

Cappuccino £2.54

Beer £3.50

The Scene

Glasgow’s cuisine is similar to the rest of Scotland’s, with many British and European influences. There are several traditional dishes to try – most famous is haggis (a savoury pudding of sheeps' heart, liver and lungs), usually served on or around Burns night in January. Accompaniments include neeps and tatties (potatoes and turnips) or rumbledethumps (potatoes, cabbage and onions). Glasgow also has plenty of other claims to foodie ‘fame’- it’s the alleged birthplace of chicken tikka masala. If you’re looking for something a little bit more authentic, treat yourself to a wee dram of Scotch whisky.

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History

Glasgow’s Story

Glasgow has been established as a settlement since prehistoric times. After the Roman Empire withdrew from neighbouring Caledonia, the ancient settlement joined the Kingdom of Strathclyde and in the 9th century, all the regions joined to form the Kingdom of Scotland. Over the subsequent centuries, the town grew in religious and commercial importance, using the River Clyde to transport tobacco, sugar and other goods to the Americas.

Glasgow became one of Europe’s first cities to reach a population of one million. After World War II it suffered an economic slump and financial depression, although in recent years, multi-million pound regeneration projects have sought to change this. It is now considered a top UK destination and is popular with city breakers and arty, student crowds.

Language

English

Although English is the official language many people speak various Scots languages and dialects. Glasgow’s no exception, with Glaswegian (often known as ‘Weegie’) often used. You might come across the following words or phrases:

  • Hoachin’: Packed full of people or if you need something.
  • Whit like?: How are you?
  • Whaur ar ye fae?: Where are you from?
  • Yes: Ay
  • A wee bit: A little bit

Need to know

+44 Dialling Code
999 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Certain areas can get rowdy late at night (particularly around Central Station).
  • Avoid wearing football affiliated clothing (there’s a huge rivalry between Celtic and Rangers).
  • The city is served by two airports, Glasgow (eight miles away) and Edinburgh (40 miles away).

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the UK here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Ashton Lane

Stop for a pint in Ashton Lane (Glasgow’s West End) which offers every possible kind of drinking den.

2. Kelvingrove

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum features work by Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh and Dalí.

3. Botanic Garden

Head to the Botanic Gardens; a green oasis in the city centre, home to Kibble Palace.

4. Try Whisky

Sample a wee dram (or several) at the Glengoyne whisky distillery.

5. Gothic Buildings

Wander around the University of Glasgow’s gothic grounds, home to spires and cloisters.


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