Glasgow was known as the "Dear Green Place" from Celtic times, but with heavy industry in 19th century it received the further accolade "Second City of the Empire" as powerhouse of the British Empire. It was also reputed to have the greatest area of parkland of all European cities. This may surprise some readers. There is a lot to be surprised about in modern day Glasgow. The post industrial decline was harsh on the city, but how things change. Today Glasgow is a vibrant place to live and work, and has a burgeoning financial services district as the city looks to the future. The city is a first class city break destination.
Glasgow is one of the top three City Break destinations in the UK. Its reputation in the eyes of the public started to change in the late 1980s with the Garden festival, and Glasgow was European City of Culture in 1990. These days Glasgow is known for its music scene and sporting events and we encourage you to visit!
Air: Glasgow has two main airports. Glasgow International (GLA) is located around 30 minutes drive from the city centre along the M8 motorway. This airport is serviced by British Airways and long haul carriers including Emirates and Air Canada.
Glasgow's other airport is Prestwick International (PIK) which is the main hub for the budget carriers, including Ryanair. Prestwick is located around 50 minutes drive from the city centre in Ayrshire and is also easily reached by a direct rail link from Central Station.
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Rail: The main train station is Glasgow is Central Station. From here you can travel to England as well as South West Scotland, including Prestwick Airport. Queen Street Station is the other mainline station. From here there is a very regular service to Edinburgh as well as trains to northern Scotland.
What to See and Do
Glasgow's numerous attractions include the following:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: This is the most popular free tourist attraction in the City. Recently reopened after a long refurbishment, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will keep you interested for hours. Displays range from art works (including Rembrandt and Salvador Dali) to natural history and the history of the local area.
Scottish Football Museum:The Scottish Football museum is housed in The National Stadium, Hampden Park, in the south of the city. Easily accessible by train from the city centre, it contains a wide variety of "fitba" memorabilia on. A must for any football fan, the museum visit can be combined with a Stadium tour for a small extra charge.
Glasgow Science Centre: The Science Centre has been built on redeveloped industrial land on the River Clyde. Featuring hands-on displays to make science an accessible subject, the development also includes a tower with viewing platform which is Scotland's highest freestanding building.
Glasgow's compact centre makes getting around on foot an easy option. There is an extensive bus network covering the entire city. A suburban train network is another option and serves parts of the city very well. A small Underground train service is also an option and brings the "West End" of the city within easy reach.