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Things to Do in Glasgow

From significant historic buildings to world-class museums, sprawling green spaces and a plethora of legendary music venues, you’ll never be short of things to do in Scotland’s largest city.

History: Delve into Glasgow’s rich architectural heritage by exploring the City Chambers, a magnificent building opened by Queen Victoria in 1888. Glasgow Cathedral is another must-see historical attraction; this impressive medieval structure is one of few churches in Scotland to have survived the Protestant Reformation without being destroyed.

Culture: Admire the city’s contemporary art scene, explore the works of Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, or see a performance at one of Glasgow’s legendary music venues — there are so many fantastic ways to get your culture fix in Glasgow.

Museums and galleries: From the absolute must-visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery to the multi-award-winning Riverside Museum, Glasgow boasts an array of exceptional museums and galleries – many of which are free to visit.

Food and drink: You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants and bars in Glasgow. The city’s burgeoning culinary scene is vibrant, varied and well-known as one of the best in the country.

Shopping: Featuring a collection of high-street stores, independent shops, upmarket brands and everything in between, Glasgow’s ‘Style Mile’ is city’s main fashion hub, while the West End offers an eclectic mix of vintage and bohemian options.

Outdoors: Despite its urban atmosphere, Glasgow is one of the greenest cities in the UK. There are more than 90 parks and gardens scattered throughout the city, including Kelvingrove Park in the West End, Pollok Country Park located south of the River Clyde and Glasgow Green near the city centre.
 

Getting Around Glasgow

Transport links in Glasgow are generally excellent; the city is well serviced by an extensive network of rail and road links, along with two international airports.

Thanks to its convenient underground system and efficient urban rail network – which is the largest in the UK outside of London – travelling around in and around the city centre is simple and affordable.

Bus and rail services run regular routes to and from Glasgow’s suburban areas, making them the preferred modes of transport for commuters.

The main motorway route is the M8, connecting the city centre to the M74, M77 and M80.

Glasgow Airport is roughly 20 minutes from the centre, and it offers flights to more than one hundred domestic and international destinations. Alternatively, you can easily jet off to popular European hotspots from Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

 

Economy and Job Market

Boasting the largest economic centre in Scotland, Glasgow’s diverse economy means there are plenty of job opportunities and career progression prospects available in a wide range of industries.

A few of the city’s key sectors include health and social work, finance, retail and tourism. Manufacturing, engineering and education also add to the city’s thriving economy.

The city continues to see steady economic growth, and some of the biggest names in the UK – from Aggreko to Clydesdale Bank and BBC Scotland – along with an impressive range of international brands, have chosen to call Glasgow home.
 

Schools and Education

Home to several universities within 10 miles of the city centre – including the prestigious University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde – Glasgow provides some of the best higher education opportunities in the country.

There are also a number of specialist colleges and institutions, along with excellent primary, secondary and private schools in various regions throughout the city.

You can find a complete list and area-specific information on the Education Scotland website.

Have a question?

If you need advice for  first-time buying in Glasgow – or if you’re looking for a reliable mortgage broker in Glasgow – don’t hesitate to contact us today.

We’re experts on all things mortgage-related (and our services are always 100% free).

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