Glasgow is Scotland’s most populated city, best known as Scotland’s industrial Capital thanks to its history for textiles and engineering; most notably shipbuilding and marine engineering. It was here that such ships as the Comet, the Cutty Sark, the Queen Mary and the QE2 were built. The city was known as the ‘second city of the Empire’ and a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment and a source of inspiration for artists as diverse as John Knox and L.S. Lowry.
Today, whilst an industrial edge to the city endures, Glasgow is widely recognised as Scotland’s style capital. There are designer boutiques aplenty along the ‘Style Mile’ and a more cosmopolitan attitude to fashion in comparison with Edinburgh’s more refined approach.
It is also home to Scotland’s music scene. The SSE Hydro, recently voted the best mid-sized venue in the world, has hosted artists such as Beyoncé. Bruno Mars and Celine Dion as well as the MTV Europe Awards. Hampden Park, home of the Scotland National Football Team been host to Rihanna and Coldplay concerts. Independent venues such as the Barrowlands and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut are legendary venues, where the rock band Oasis were first discovered. Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music as well as having the greatest concentration of UK creative industries outside of London.
Glasgow is by its very nature competitive and the very first game of international football was played here between Scotland and England in 1872. The Scotland National Team has been resident on the south side of Glasgow for more than 140 years. The city has also been home to The Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers since 1888.
There is an abundance of cultural venues to visit including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow Science Centre, Riverside Transport Museum and Botanical Gardens. Shops are a shops, there are more than 2000 bars and restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.
Nothing defines Glasgow more than its humour and hospitality. Scots are well-known for their warmth and good humour, and in Glasgow it seems everyone is born a comedian, none more so than Sir Billy Connolly, a performer who changed stand-up comedy forever, influencing countless household names in the process.