Glasgow

Welcome to Glasgow

Like Edinburgh’s cooler little brother - a bit tougher, bags cockier and with way better taste in music - Glasgow has always relished being fiercely independent from its East coast counterpart. Whilst the capital keeps up the country’s necessary appearances with its military parades, pipers and bonnie castles, friendly Glasgow is out meeting folk and having all the fun.

A city built on industry, dexterous Glasgow has never been afraid to get its hands dirty, earning itself a reputation as a shipbuilding powerhouse well into the late 20th century and it’s this working class ethos that has driven much of the city’s creative talent over the years. From artists to musicians, many are indivisible from the post-industrial landscape from which they’ve emerged.

Nowadays, Glasgow’s focus is on cultural and creative endeavours, pushing boundaries when it comes to visual and performance art and music. In 2008, it received a ‘UNESCO City of Music’ accolade, leading Time Magazine to draw comparisons between the city and Detroit at the height of its Motown period.

What’s more, it seems this newfound status has encouraged everyone to push their gastronomic boundaries too. Glasgow’s cuisine stretches beyond the fish suppers and sheep innards so revered worldwide, excelling when it comes to locally and ethically sourced cuisine.

Most importantly - and despite what all your instincts tell you - don’t even consider leaving the city without trying Irn-Bru, Scotland’s other amber liquid and second national drink.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in United Kingdom:
    Approx 62.641 million
  • Inhabitants in Glasgow:
    Approx 600,000
  • Official language
    English, Scots
  • Currency
    British Pound (GBP)
  • Time zone
    GMT (UTC 0)
  • Emergency number
    999
  • Constitution
    Devolved government within a constitutional monarchy
  • Country phone code
    +44 (plus (0)141 for Glasgow)
  • Country code
    GB
  • Local transportation
    Bus, Subway, Train, Taxi