Glasgow and other Scottish Cities, UK
Is Glasgow worth visiting?
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the United Kingdom, sharing the central belt of the country with Edinburgh.
There are a handful of medieval buildings in the city – 13thC St Mungo’s Cathedral and 15thC Provand’s Lordship – but most of the impressive architecture is Victorian or Edwardian, with occasional bursts of space-age whimsy such as Norman Foster’s Armadillo and the Clyde Arc bridge.
Glasgow is not short of green space with more parks than any other city in Britain.
Although Glasgow had a reputation for industry and low-life slums, in particular the notorious Gorbals, urban renewal programs have been largely successful and tourism is increasingly attracted to the style, culture and vivacity of this city.
Glasgow’s grid formatted city centre is easy to get around on foot and provides plenty of interest in the way of art galleries, museums (usually free), theatre, concert halls and first-class shopping while the West End is more bohemian, offering tree-lined streets, wacky bars and boutiques, live music pubs and restaurants as well as interesting structures including both the Kelvingrove Museum and the Armadillo.
The Mitchell Library, one of Europe’s largest public libraries is a city landmark that also houses the Mitchell Theatre, an exhibition hall, and the Herald Café Bar.
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, a fine example of Victorian architecture with some bizarre displays alongside the more traditional exhibits. Photo by Johnbod.
The Clyde Arc, known locally as the Squinty Bridge. Photo by Macieklew.
Getting around: the key central areas are pedestrian-friendly and reasonably close, so walking is a good option. Otherwise the subway (metro) is efficient and covers the city centre easily, though only until 9. 30pm. Buses travel just about everywhere during the day but travellers need exact change for the fare. Night rides will require a taxi.