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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and a culturally evolving town steeped in maritime history. Located on the River Clyde, Glasgow is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom and is known for its sense of fun, friendly locals, and edgy attitude. Regarded as one of the best shopping destinations in the UK (excluding London); Glasgow is also a live-music haven, a quirky-bar capital, and a foodie’s delight. With a bit of everything on its plate, Glasgow is in fierce rivalry with Edinburgh, and believes it has the best of Scotland in its borders.
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Historical and modern attractions line the city streets, and a city bus tour is one of the most economical ways to see them all. Glasgow City Chambers is a huge, magnificent structure above George Square. It has been said to signify Glasgow’s strength, both politically and historically. A visit here is a great start, setting the scene for a very proud and culturally rich city. Glasgow Cathedral is another historic landmark, surviving the Protestant Reformation of 1560. Its medieval architecture is impressive and inspiring. The Riverside Museum is a relatively new attraction, and already a tourism award winner. See first-hand how Glasgow has evolved from a maritime town to a modern economic hub.
Glasgow is not only known as a culinary hotspot, but a sociable city where people love to gather for lively meals and drinks sessions. Favourite Glasgow eateries include Café Gandolfi, favoured for its great coffee, seafood and local Scottish produce. Guy’s Restaurant is great for couples with its romantic atmosphere and European flavours. Red Onion is the place to go for ‘eclectic’ and modern Scottish cuisine. Dining on a budget is also easy with the range of options in Glasgow. Where the Monkey Sleeps is known for great sandwiches, particularly its steak sandwich. Here you can also get a bagel filled with fish fingers, chorizo and pea puree. And, a trip to Glasgow wouldn’t be complete without sampling one of the many curry houses. The Banana Leaf features South Indian cuisine like Chettinad-spiced lamb curry.
The three main shopping streets to focus on in Glasgow are Buchanan Street, Sauchiehall Street and Argyll Street. The area encompassing Buchanan Street, Argyll Street and Merchant City has been called The Style Mile, a conglomerate of over 200 stores. This is where you’ll find upscale glamour and all the notable British department stores. But on the west side of town, places like Byres Road offer more eclectic fashions and fares.