November 11th, 2011

The Beautiful City of Glasgow

by Don

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third-largest city in the whole of the UK. It was once known as an industrial centre and was not popular as a tourist destination. However, since those days, the city has been transformed by various regeneration projects and rejuvenation efforts. While no longer an industrial city, it remains an economic hub for the whole of the United Kingdom.

The regeneration that is taking place in the city has been overwhelmingly successful. In 2008 Glasgow was awarded the UNESCO Creative Cities honour, joining such culturally notable cities as Seville and Bologna. Today the city is seen as a centre of culture and tourism.

Glasgow has excellent transport links and visitors can easily reach the city from abroad by one of its two international airports. As with most major cities in the UK Glasgow enjoys excellent train connections and it is easy to get from London to Glasgow by train. This might be an expensive ticket but you will be able to reach the city in good time and in comfort.

A more affordable option is to come to Glasgow by road. This also offers more flexibility for people who live far away from railway stations. Coach holidays from Glasgow are easily available because of the city’s excellent road infrastructure. There is a long-distance bus stand in the centre of the city known as Buchanan Bus Station. Here coach holidays from Glasgow can easily be taken and you will find buses running from the station to almost all corners of the country. In fact, buses from the stand operate to many points in Europe. There are even coach holidays from Glasgow that will take people as far as Poland. This service departs at midnight three times a week.

Once you’re in Glasgow, the centre of the city is easy to navigate on foot as it is relatively compact. For longer distances visitors can easily ride the Subway, which is Glasgow’s metro system. It runs in a circle around the city and is an affordable way to get around. For £3.50 you can buy an unlimited day travel card or a single journey will cost you £1.20.

For places that the Subway won’t take you, there are buses in the city that will take you to its every corner. At most bus stops you will find a bus coming every 10 minutes, be careful though if you’re out at night time as the frequency of the buses greatly reduces. Visitors should also be aware that buses do not carry change. This is for security reasons so be ready to have the exact amount of money, or more.

One of the best things about visiting Glasgow is its architecture. The city saw most of its development at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. This has left a great amount of Edwardian and Victorian buildings and means the city is covered in spectacular stonework. Quite a contrast to this old architecture is the huge glass skyscrapers that the city boasts. Many of these have recently been built on the site of old, ugly high-rise buildings that were constructed in the 1960s. Glasgow University and Glasgow Cathedral are two fine examples of the city’s architecture and are well worth a visitor’s time.

Art galleries and museums are plentiful in Glasgow. The Gallery of Modern Art is located in the city centre and has a fine collection from some great modern artists. The Glasgow Science Centre has a great many exhibitions as well as an IMAX cinema; something that will fascinate both children and adults.

Glasgow is a fantastic city that offers a huge amount to visitors. Of course, many people leave on coach holidays from Glasgow, but it is better to be arriving than leaving. However long you choose to spend in the city you will find that you cannot cover everything and will be heading back sooner than you think.

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