Vibrant and energetic, Glasgow is one of the liveliest, most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and is considered one of the world’s top 10 tourist cities. The city has emerged as a centre of style and vitality set against the backdrop of beautiful Victorian architecture.
Art and culture are an important part of life in Glasgow, and museums and galleries can be found in abundance and most offer free admission. The Museum of Religion, the first of its kind in the world, explores the importance of religion in people’s lives everywhere. The museum promotes understanding and respect between people of different faiths. The Gallery of Modern Art is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside of London, offering a range of thought-provoking exhibitions and workshops. Glasgow Science Centre is one of the most exciting projects in Scotland promoting public awareness of the importance of science and technology and it also houses an IMAX cinema showing 2D and 3D films that will amaze and astound you.
Alongside galleries and museums, Glasgow offers an extensive range of entertainment venues and activities. Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and the largest performing arts organization in Scotland holding programmes year round. The King’s Theatre and the Theatre Royal are Scotland’s leading live entertainment venues, showcasing the best West End and touring productions in the UK each year.
Glasgow city centre is based on a grid system of streets similar to American cities and to the south and west is where you find most of the shopping precincts. The main shopping centre is Buchanan Galleries, which is one of the largest city centre shopping developments in the UK.St. Enoch Centre is another major shopping centre, which was recently refurbished. There are also a number of shops located in Princes Square and the Italian centre which specialize in designer labels.
Glasgow’s west-end is a bohemian district filled with cafs, tearooms, bars, boutiques, upmarket hotels, clubs and restaurants. The east end is home to the famous Glasgow Barrowland Market where you can find a large number of indoor covered markets and plenty of stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, boots and kilts as well as antiques and other collectables.