About the city:
Famously known as the “ UK city of Architecture and Design”, city of Glasgow is the largest city is Scotland. The name ‘ Glasgow’ comes from the Gaelic which means green hollow and is translated romantically as “the dear green place”. It’s also referred as “Glesga” by many residents and locals. History of Glasgow dates back to 12 th century when it earned the status of a city.
Glasgow is one of the most preferred and visited tourist destinations of Europe. With various historic attractions and artistic interludes, this city is set with an outstanding Victorian architecture. Tourists enjoy the varied culture and excellent food and drinks and a truly amazing shopping experience.
Merchant City Festival is celebrated every year in Glasgow which is now entering its third year. It’s a celebration of Scottish art and entertainment that showcases over works of over 600 artists and conducts 285 events in more than 50 different venues.
Glasgow is the home to art and culture with places like Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The Burrell Collection that offers a wonderful display of arts across the world is a true pleasure for culture lovers. The famous Lighthouse is situated in the heart of Glasgow is the place where Charles Rennie Mackintosh houses variety of art objects. The Gallery of Modern Art has a display of neo-classical works across the world.
For a breezing breath of fresh air, literally visit beautiful parks in Glasgow. Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace have long stretched lands with beautiful flora and a unique glasshouse located in these gardens. Glasgow Green is the oldest and most historic park with wonderful landscapes and surroundings. Night time is equally rocking in this city with bars and clubs like Arta, Strata, Yang and Spy Bar.
Other places worth visiting in Glasgow includes the David Livingstone Center that is a historic home, a little spine chilling experience could be tasted with Ghosts and Ghouls tour, when shopping in Glasgow, Sauchiehall Street and Barras Weekend Market is a must visit. And to enjoy a taste of golf, you can visit Royal Troon, which was home to British Open and Tain Golf Club, highly popular among local golfers.
Apart from enjoying all the fun in Glasgow, you could also visit its equally popular neighborhoods. Few miles from Glasgow are Scottish Highlands that provide a look at art and culture at their best. Cawdor Castle that was built in 1454 AD, is a romantic and well preserved castle surrounded by traditional drawbridge. This castle is very special as it’s said to be the place where English Playwright William Shakespeare got the inspiration to write his drama “Macbeth”. Take a drive on Whiskey Trail to enjoy best sceneries and picturesque surroundings.
Take a trip to Loch Ness just few miles from Glasgow to explore Loch Ness Lake that’s 21 square miles in size and have an average depth of 800 feet. It’s so big that it’s believed...it has a large dinosaur like “monster” hidden in it. Certainly this site gives a mysterious feel but could be an adventurous and fun filled trip.
Glasgow has two main airports named Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Pretswick International Airport. It’s connected with all major cities around the world. Bookings could be made over the internet or at the airlines office. From India major airlines fly to Glasgow like KLM with one stopover at Amsterdam, North West Airways with one stopover at Amsterdam and Air India operates till London on co-sharing basis with Lufthansa to Glasgow. Flight time ranges from 12hours to 18hours depending on the airline.
City is linked with rest of country with major roads. To travel with in and around Glasgow is made easy with metro system- Glasgow Underground. Two major rail stations- Queen Street station and Central Station provide rail gateway to tourist and visitors. Many private companies run their buses across the city too.
Staying in and around Glasgow could be according to tourist preference and choice. Booking could be made over the internet conveniently and easily beforehand only. This proves to be a good option especially during festival time and holiday season. Hotels and other lodging options could be chosen in the heart of the city or near the airport or just according to the class and style of the hotel. There are two to five star accommodations available across the city.
Hotel Rates and Charges:
Depending on the option chosen for stay in Glasgow, price would vary too. For a two star hotel stay, price range would be around £55 to £70, whereas, for a higher class stay in a three star hotel price range would be £60 to £95 and four star stay could be around £90 to £160. For much lavished and luxurious stay, price to pay would be in the range of £155 to £395. Thus, there’s an option for stay for everyone visiting this wonderful city.
All hotels in Glasgow provide necessary services to all tourists and visitors to make their trip a comfortable and memorable experience. Most of the hotels provide certain room amenities like spacious rooms with air conditioning, fully stocked mini bar with refrigerator, big bathrooms with hair dryer, coffee maker, Trouser press, telephone, TV with option of pay per view movies and work desk with reading lamps.
Glasgow Hotels provide various facilities like indoor/outdoor swimming pools, health club and gyms, barber shop and beauty saloon, variety of restaurants and bars, sauna and steam rooms, laundry and valet services, 24hours concierge, safe deposit boxes, gifts shops, retail outlets, baby sitting services, car rental desk, currency exchange center, business center, complimentary breakfast, tennis courts and very friendly round the clock customer service.
Amusing and amazing Facts about the city:
The building of University of Glasgow is the second largest “Gothic Revival” building in the whole Britain. The Glasgow underground was called the “Clockwork Orange” by the locals because of the orange color carriages. Glasgow is the only city in Scotland which has underground train service.
Glasgow with its so many different and varied, vibrant attractions, is the liveliest and most cosmopolitan area in the whole Europe. It’s truly an amazing and exotic destination to visit but not just once but over and over again.