"This historic city, known for its Art Nouveau flourishes, also has a blossoming modern side, with daring new buildings, bars, restaurants and galleries."
36 Hours in Glasgow, New York Times
Scotland's largest city is bursting with energy, passion, and personality.
Officially named as the World’s Friendliest City, a warm welcome is always guaranteed but there’s much to discover in vibrant, cosmopolitan Glasgow:
- World-class attractions – many with free admission.
- Cutting edge contemporary arts scene.
- Trail-blazing food and drink.
- Stunning architecture – some hidden in plain sight and waiting to be discovered!
- UNESCO City of Music (one of only two in the UK), Glasgow is a hotbed of musical creativity across all genres. In any one week, music lovers can enjoy over 130 different music events in Glasgow.
- Diverse neighbourhoods to explore - each with their own distinctive personality.
Getting to Glasgow couldn’t be easier by road, rail or plane. Situated on the West Coast of Scotland, Glasgow is only 45 minutes by train from Edinburgh and a short flight from London.
Glasgow Airport is located just eight miles (13 kilometres) west of Glasgow City Centre. With 30 airlines serving more than 120 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe and the Gulf, Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s principal
Glasgow Prestwick Airport lies 32 miles (51km) south west of the city while Edinburgh Airport is situated 39 miles (63km) from Glasgow.
Explore the city and its main attractions with ease via local bus, train and subway (the third oldest underground railway system in the world and dating back to 1896) or why not take a taxi, uber or see the sights via the hop-on-hop-off City Sightseeing bus.
Where to Stay
From international brands to luxury spa resorts, boutique hotels and B&Bs to budget friendly accommodation, there’s an option for every taste. If you prefer to book a home from home and experience living like a local, check out the city’s rising Airbnb portfolio of properties and superhosts.
"Expect a warm welcome from one of the world’s friendliest cities.The city is summed up by its marketing slogan ‘People Make Glasgow’."
- The Telegraph
Glasgow's Tourism and Visitor Plan
Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and diverse destinations, and is recognised as a world-class city in which to live, work, study, invest, meet and visit.
Glasgow’s Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023 is the new framework for the continued growth of the city’s tourism economy; setting out a clear direction for building Glasgow’s global profile as a successful tourist destination and increasing overnight leisure tourism visits by one million over the next four years.
As a successful tourism destination, the city attracts over two million tourists per year, generating £482 million (€542 million, US $619 million, CA $822 million and AU $860 million) for the local economy.
On an annual basis, the city also attracts 20 million day visitors with an expenditure of approximately £1 billion (€1.12 billion, US $1.29 billion, CA $1.70 billion and AU $1.78 billion).
In line with the city’s Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023, four key themes have been identified as key to achieving the plans objectives; these are Heritage, Contemporary Art, Music and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The city’s architectural heritage strides the centuries and reflects Glasgow’s medieval origins through its rise to a world manufacturing leader and on to a creative powerhouse.
Additionally, Glasgow’s nineteenth-century townscape and the critical legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work are assets of world renown.
No fewer than eight Turner Prize winners and twelve Turner Prize nominees have hailed from, trained in, or worked out of the city in recent years. Reinforcing the city’s position as a centre for cutting-edge art, Glasgow’s Tramway hosted the 2015 Turner Prize.
As a UNESCO City of Music (one of only two in the UK), Glasgow is a hotbed of musical creativity across all genres. In any one week, music lovers can enjoy over 130 different music events in Glasgow – more than any other UK city outside London.
Barcelona has Gaudí, Chicago has Frank Lloyd Wright – Glasgow has the Art Nouveau magic of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The innovative style of one of Glasgow’s most famous sons can be seen throughout the city in a magnificent legacy of work.