Glasgow Scotland

The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is situated on River Clyde. Throughout history, the city is famous for shipbuilding and trading.Today, Glasgow is a city with an inclination to the arts. Theatres, galleries and museums, both big and small ones flourish here. Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum is the largest and perhaps the best in Scotland. Gallery of Modern Art is another well visited museum.

The Burrell Collection is another must-see for art enthusiasts, it has a collection of paintings from the Masters like Degas and Cezanne as well as medieval tapestries and a lot of other intricate pieces. Performance arts like orchestra, opera and ballet reflect Scottish and Glaswegian culture. The Clyde Auditorium is a usual venue for such events.

The city has a lot of parks and gardens, which landscaped to every detail and carefully tended. Having a stroll at these parks is enough for one to get relaxed and be refreshed. Lomond Woods Holiday Park and Inverbeg Holiday Park are among of the best ones. There’s another alternative to these parks though, and that is the St. Mungo Museum with his Japanese Zen Garden. This oriental inspired garden and museum can be found at the back of St. Mungo’s Cathedral.

A historical place to visit would be Bothwell Castle, located South-East of Glasgow. It is an unfinished castle which dates back to the 12th century. Another thing famous about Glasgow are its pubs. Bon Accord, Pollokshaws and Babbity Bowsters, Florida Park and Jinty Mcguintys are among the top rated ones. Aside pubs is a wide selection of restaurants offering local and foreign cuisines, from casual fish and chips meal to fine dining.

Glasgow Science Center is another exiting place to be with its interactive exhibits and of course the hi-tech Glasgow Tower which rotates from base to top. For sports buffs, there is a lots of active sports you could get to experience here. Golf, cricket and ice hockey are the popular ones in Glasgow. If want some nature trek, you can hike, fish, climb and bike along the countryside. For those who have a wild side, skiing and winter sports is a must-try.

A place you would surely not miss in the city is the Royal Exchange Square. It is a popular landmark with the best cafes, restaurants and bars. Hotels like Crown Plaza can be found at the city center. Getting around the city is fast and easy with Glasgow Underground and Glasgow Central. One can alight at Gordon Street station which is nearby the commercial area of princes Square.

Tourists would surely have a good time in Glasgow. Just select one of the Glasgow pages in the menu on the right to view the other pages.


The Burrell Collection Glasgow

The Burrell Collection consists of more than 9,000 artworks collected from all over the world and over the years by Sir William Burrell, who had started collecting said works of art since his teens. He and his wife, Lady Constance Burrell donated his collection in 1944 to the City of Glasgow.

This collection is one of the greatest collections by one person in the whole world. The collection consists of significant medieval art collections such as stained glass, tapestries, English oak furniture, and alabasters. It also includes several works of Impressionists Cezanne, Degas, and other European artists as well as an important Islamic art collection and some modern pieces of sculpture such as works by Rodin and Epstein. There are also a vast collection of art from ancient Egypt, China, Rome and Greece.

The Burrell House wherein the collection is housed was the winning design of an architectural competition and was opened to the public in 1983. Special attention was given to provide harmony between the collection and the building, as well as the park wherein it is situated.
The resulting building is airy and light and its setting in woodland and the vastness of the Burrell collection make the visit here a memorable and enjoyable experience.

St. Mungo Museum Glasgow

A well known religious museum in Glasgow is the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. It is famous for being the world’s only public museum solely devoted to this topic.

Made open to the public in 1993, the museum is housed in Cathedral Square, just off High Street on property owned by the Glasgow Cathedral. The museum was built near the site of the Glasgow Archbishop’s diocese complex of castles from the Middle Ages, some of it can be viewed within the Cathedral and at Glasgow Green at the Peoples Palace Museum. St. Mungo was design in a medieval style so as to blend in with the Provands Lordship House which is very nearby.

The St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art boasts of a wide array of exhibits that showcase the major religions of the world. This includes a Zen garden and an Islamic sculpture covered in Moorish calligraphy. It once had in its collection Salvador Dalí’s painting of Christ and of Saint John of the Cross while the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was undergoing refurbishment. Just a stone’s throw is Glasgow’s oldest house, the Provand’s Lordship, as well as the Glasgow Necropolis and the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Royal Exchange Square

A public square in Glasgow, Scotland, the Royal Exchange Square is located at the junction of Ingram Street with Queen Street. A prominent landmark, the square has the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art sitting just inside it. A large Borders bookstore is also found here at the entrance of Buchanan Street. The square’s streets are lined with several restaurants and al fresco cafes.

There is a Duke of Wellington statue which stands at the entrance of Queen Street with a traffic cone on his head which had been placed there by youngsters as a joke. The City Council no longer saw this as an offensive prank but as a landmark and allowed the piece to remain where it was. Around Christmas time, the Royal Exchange Square is a very bright place with a network of lights between the surrounding structures and that of the Gallery of Modern Art.

The Gallery of Modern Art was first opened in 1996 and is housed in a former home of William Cunninghame of Lainshaw, built in 1778 in a neoclassical style. William Cunninghame was a wealthy Tobacco lord in Glasgow and his building has been used for different purposes through the years.  The Royal Bank of Scotland acquired it in 1817 but it later moved to Buchanan Street. Afterwards, it was converted into the Royal Exchange, David Hamilton was the one in charge of reconstruction.

River Clyde Glasgow

Shipbuilding in Clyde came to its own in the early part of the 20th century, with considerable output in period covering the two major World Wars. Decline set in during the 1960s. Still, shipbuilding yards are still existence at Greenock, Scotstoun, and Govan. Today, Clyde is being reinvented as an area for residential development, business, and recreation center.

Historically, the River Clyde has a long story to tell, many of which are worth the telling. The Cunard, a shipping line which includes the QE2, the Queen Mary, the Royal Yacht Britannia, and the Queen Elizabeth, was founded in Glasgow and all said liners were built on the Clyde River at Clydebank. The inventor of the separate condenser (which invention made the steam engine viable economically), James Watt (who was born in Greenock), came up with the idea while walking along the river in 1765 on Glasgow Green.

The last paddle steamer that can is ocean-worthy in the world, the Waverley, was built by A & J Inglis in 1947 in Glasgow’s River Clyde. It is still being used on the Clyde today, for an authentic paddle steamer trip ‘doon the watter’ still being enjoyed by thousands of passengers. Before becoming famous on the stage, the actor-comedian Billy Connolly, was born in Glasgow’s small town of Patrick in 1942. He worked in a shipyard in Clyde before fame overtook him.

Gordon Street Glasgow

On the northern side of Gordon Street just between Renfield and Hope Streets stands the Mortgage Shop of the Royal Bank of Scotland. There is also a Bookworld and the William Hill entrance. Downstairs you can find the National Slimming and Private Medical Centre, while upstairs is the Glasgow Partnership Project.

Still on the northern side but this time between the West Nile and Renfield Streets are an ATM machine and the Yorkshire Building Society. At the Renfield Street entrance is the China Sea Restaurant and several shops that cater to women’s casual wear as well as accessories.

The area between Buchanan and West Nile Streets has been converted into a pedestrian center. Here you can find the Woolwich Bank equipped with an ATM machine, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and a TGI Fridays just on Buchanan Street’s corner. The southern side of Gordon Street, between Union and Hope Streets stands the Quality Central Hotel. On the west entrance is a travel centre and a bus stop.

There is also a fish and chips shop called The Blue Lagoon and a newsagent called Newsbox. In the area between Mitchell and Union Streets are Safeways City Store and the Ca’d'oro restaurant. Upstairs you’ll find a bakery and café known as Miss Cranston and beside it a Cooperative Bank.

Glasgow Underground

Travel to the Clyde River’s south end from the City Center through the venues on West End is very convenient with the Glasgow Underground.
First opened in 1896, the original train system was modernized almost a whole century later in the 1980s. The Underground’s two tunnels offer a circular service which links 15 stations, all within a span of 24 minutes.

Trains do the rounds every four minutes during peak hours, every six minutes in the day, and every eight minutes in the evenings from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, the trains come along every eight minutes.
Since car parks are available at West Street, Kelvinbridge, Shields Road, and Bridge Street stations, “park and ride” is available. The car park ticket price includes parking as well as journey back on the Underground. Closed circuit surveillance on TV is an added security precaution provided in all the car parks.

The Heritage Trail is a special feature of the city wherein people touring the city can purchase a ticket which includes a day’s unlimited travel after 9 in the morning from Monday to Friday, all day on Saturdays and Sundays, and any time during Public Holidays via the Underground with an additional special guided tour to 17 walks to historic and interesting buildings that can be easily accessed from the Underground stations.

Glasgow Tower

Today, Glasgow Tower is the loftiest tower in Scotland standing at height of 127 meters. It comes in second as the highest free-standing building, the tallest one being the chimney of the Inverkip Power Station. Its ability to rotate full circle from the top to its base earned it a Guinness World Record.

The Glasgow Tower resembles an aerofoil, much as the wing of an aircraft would look if it had been planted vertically on the ground. It is equipped with motors that are computer-controlled to rotate it in the direction of the wind so as to lessen wind resistance.

Once known as the Millenium Tower, the Glasgow Tower’s design was the result of an international competition whose goal was to get entries for a design of a tower to be placed in the center of the city of Glasgow. This tower is the Clydesdale Bank’s spiritual successor as the former once stood on more or less the same spot in the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988.

Upon its completion in 2001, it was hailed as Scotland’s tallest tower. Claimed by its website as “The tallest freestanding building in Scotland”, it is not recognized as a building by the CTUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) because the structure’s floors do not come in succession from the ground even though its observation desk stands at more than a hundred meters high.

Glasgow Science Centre

One of the must-see attractions in Scotland, the Glasgow Science Centre presents ideas of science and technology in inspiring and unique ways.
An autonomous Scottish Charity, the Glasgow Science Centre aims to build and improve awareness of the opportunities education which encompasses present and future science, technology, and health issues. It also means to provide visitors with a center of excellence and a socially aware environment for children.

The Glasgow Science Centre aims to provide within its walls opportunities for people of all ages as well as those who are socially, physically, and cognitively challenged. A crescent shaped structure clad in titanium, the Science Mall has over 250 interactive exhibits for science and learning housed within its three floors, as well as the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium and the Science Show Theatre. The Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium houses a Zeiss projector with optical-mechanical features that can project nigh sky images onto a dome 15 meters in diameter.

The first and only IMAX movie theatre in existence in Scotland is the IMAX cinema. It is a single auditorium which seats 370 right in front of a rectangular-shaped screen which measures 60 ft. by 80 ft. It has the ability to display IMAX format 3D films as well as regular 2D films. In October 2000, it opened its doors to the public, several months before the launching of the other two buildings.

Glasgow Necropolis

What is now called the Glasgow Necropolis had once been part of the vast property of Wester Craigs but this land had been purchased by the Merchants’ House in 1650. But the west side of the land was rocky and development was difficult, almost impossible. To remedy this problem, fir trees were planted and the area thus became know as Fir Park.

But in 1804, the park’s Scot Firs began to perish and other trees replaced them, mainly elms and willows. The lot then became an arboretum and Victorian park. It was in 1825 that the John Knox monument foundation stone was first placed in Fir Park.

The Necropolis has the distinction of being one of the few cemeteries that kept records of its occupants. These records included their profession, sex, ages, and cause of death.

The Merchants’ House turned over the Necropolis in 1966 to the City Council of Glasgow which now maintains and administers to it. For purposes of maintenance, the grave surrounds and benches have been dismantled and most of the place has been put to grass.  Major sculptors and architects of the period such as JT Rochead, Charles Rennie Macintosh, and Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson designed many structures in the Glasgow Necropolis.

These structures were built in different styles of architecture. These were commissioned by the ‘Second City of the Empire’s’ powerful and wealthy businessmen. Even today, the Glasgow Necropolis still retains its wonderful ambience and attracts many visitors both local and foreign.