When Britain ruled over an empire, Glasgow pronounced itself Second City of the Empire. Steamships were built here, and great thinkers, such as Lord Kelvin and James Watt, tested their ground-breaking theories. Today, Glasgow continues to set itself at the forefront of Scottish culture, offering a range of entertainment, museums and galleries, vast green spaces, and of course, mega shopping centres to keep you occupied.

As cities go, Glasgow is contained and compact. It’s set up on a grid system, so it’s easy to navigate and explore. In the centre of the city you’ll find medieval Glasgow and the Merchant City, displaying a range of architectural gems and most of the city’s historic buildings. On the south side of the city you can enjoy two of Glasgow’s great green places: Bellahouston Park and Pollok Country Park, encompassing three important art collections: Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover, the Burrell Collection, and Pollok House. The West End is a hub of culture and education. Visit the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow University and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Map of Scotland showing Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of the grandest buildings in the city and is a famous Victorian landmark. The collection inside the building is varied, containing artworks, anthropological and biological displays. There is a complete spitfire hanging from the roof and many of the artworks are from such artists as Dali, Van Gogh and Monet to mention just a few.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Pub Culture

The ‘meeting rooms’ of Glasgow offer a warm welcoming atmosphere where you are likely to get dragged into a conversation about Celtic, Rangers, weather or politics. You'll almost always find a fine selection of whiskies behind the bar and beer on tap. Be sure to try the stout, Gillespie's is common and good.

The main drinking areas of Glasgow are West End, Sauchiehall Street and Merchant City, with Southside rapidly lifting its game. Merchant City is the more high-end district out of the four. The ‘subcrawl’ is the latest way of completing your pub itinerary utilising the underground system.

A pub makes a great place to mix with the locals

The Old Firm

Glasgow is home to one of the great sporting rivalries of the world, that of Rangers versus Celtic football clubs. These two Glasgow clubs represent the old, but not quite defunked, divisions of Catholic and Protestant population of Glasgow. The two clubs are said to be worth 120,000,000 pounds to the Scottish economy.

Rangers are the protestant team and Celtic the catholic one. They are the most successful clubs in the Scottish league and although they are based in Glasgow, most football supporters around Scotland will have strong feelings or an affinity with one of the teams. The derby is an electrifying event to watch from the stands, but if you are watching it in a pub, just make sure you're in the right part of town if you are wearing green or blue.

Celtic Football Club flag

The Infinity Experience

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The first international football game was held in Partick. On November 30, 1872 Scotland played England. It ended 0–0 and was watched by 4,000 people.