In the western lowlands of the Scottish nation, lies the port city of Glasgow. Along the River Clyde, a city steeped in Victorian architecture and remnants of the city’s once thriving shipbuilding industry, Glasgow is now a cultural hub, popular with tourists and native Scots alike. Besides Edinburgh, Glasgow is up there as one of the great cities on the British Isles. With three airports all within approximately 45 minutes from the city centre, Glasgow airport shuttle is an ideal way to swiftly move you right into the Glaswegian heart of it all.
Airports Serving Glasgow
Depending on where you are flying in from, there are two Glaswegian airports; Glasgow Airport (GLA) and Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK) and then in Edinburgh, there’s Edinburgh Airport (EDI). But the latter two are both about 50 kilometres away so if you want to be closer to the action, then consider flying into Glasgow Airport as it is much closer to the city centre at about 10 kilometres away.
Public Transport In Glasgow
In terms of buses, there are a number of private bus operators serving the city. The main bus station in Glasgow is called Buchanan. If you are more of a train-person, Glasgow has the most connected urban rail network in the UK (excluding London), so getting to and from Glasgow from anywhere in the UK becomes a breeze.
If you are a fan of the world’s grand structures of academia, take a walk down to the University of Glasgow and its grounds. It was established in the fifteenth century so is quite old indeed.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre are some of the more modern buildings worth visiting in Glasgow. Glasgow Cathedral and the Glasgow City Chambers are also nice buildings to venture towards on your trip.
Stuff To Do
City Sightseeing Tours offer open top bus tours, which is always a great way to see any city. While, the historians among you will be fascinated with Glasgow’s myriad of museums, from the Hunterian’s Museum, and the People’s Palace Museum to the Lighthouse Museum of Architecture.
The West End is Glasgow’s bohemian district, famed for its bars and boutiques, cafes, and the more exclusive hotels and restaurants, with the Byres Road area being a popular tourist spot. The Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Spire is the main building at Glasgow University and is the second largest Gothic Revival building in Great Britain! Naturally, the West End area is full of a student population, which keeps the place vibrant.
Besides having many museums, the city has hosted quite a range of exhibitions and festivals over the years, from architecture to culture and sport. Glasgow is a great city for comedy, drama, film, arts and jazz festivals, so those of you interested in the arts and entertainment you are in for a treat!
Go To Glasgow!
One of the great merchant cities of the UK, and a top destination up there with Edinburgh, Glasgow City should definitely be on your travel bucket list. Do it.