Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the United Kingdom (after London and Birmingham). Glasgow is located in the industrial part of Scotland, between the bays of the Firth of Clyde and the Firth of Forth, about 60 km from Edinburgh and has a population of about 620,000.
As the third most visited town in the UK, Glasgow has a wide range of accommodation from cheaper B & Bs and apartments (Argyll Guest House, Embassy Apartments) to aparthotels and guesthouses (Sandyford Lodge, Native Glasgow) to hotels (Apex City of Glasgow, Cathedral House Hotel). International hotel chains such as the Park Inn by Radisson, the Crowne Plaza, the Holiday Inn and Motel One are also represented here.
The original beginnings of the settlement are connected with fishermen, on the site of today's Glasgow was in the past a fishing village. The city itself is associated with the arrival of St. Kentigem (Mungo), who built a church here on the site of today's cathedral in the 6th century. The cathedral was built in the thirteenth century and features original Scottish décor. Another important historical milestone was the year 1451, when a university was founded here. The city's greatest prosperity came in the 17th century, when overseas trade began to flourish and Glasgow came to the fore as the center of the sugar and tobacco trade. Later, the trade in textiles, dyes and fabrics expanded. From the beginning of the 19th century, heavy industry prevailed in the city, coal and iron mining developed, but also ship and train construction, and a large wave of immigrants came to the city, especially from Italy, but also from Ireland and Eastern Europe. In both world wars, the city experienced a significant decline, from which it managed to recover at an admirable rate. In the second half of the 20th century, the face of the city began to change thanks to the local native Charles Mackintosh, who had, for example, a cultural and conference center or a local airport built. Today's Glasgow is a place of many cultures and religions, with many modern buildings being built in the city and a large number of cultural events taking place. On the site of the original dirty port, modern buildings are growing and the city is flourishing culturally. Rich history, developed industry and advanced finance make Glasgow the second most important city after London in many sectors.
Monuments and interesting places
Glasgow is the UK's third most visited city, after London and Edinburgh, and is often a starting point for tourists heading for all of Scotland. The great advantage is the top infrastructure. We recommend starting the city tour at the Cathedral of St. Munga, which is considered one of the biggest attractions of the city. It is steps from George Square. Here you will find the City Chambers building, where you can admire, among other things, statues of famous Scots. Of course, you must also follow in the footsteps of Charles Mackinton, the leading figure of Art Nouveau in Scotland. So a visit to Willow Tearooms, where Mackintosh designed everything, is an absolute must. You can also visit his house, which he also designed, along with his wife or the local art school or Scotland Street School Museum. You can get a nice view of the city from the lighthouse at the top of the former Herald publishing house. Finally, we will mention the Clyde Auditorium on the banks of the River Clyde, very similar to the Australian Opera.
Transport to Glasgow
Transportation to the city is possible both by air, there are two international airports,as well as by rail, road, or by sea.