Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and List of largest United Kingdom settlements by population in the United Kingdom. The city is situated on the River Clyde in the country's Scottish Lowlands. A person from Glasgow is known as a Glaswegian.
Glasgow grew from the medieval Archbishop of Glasgow and the later establishment of the University of Glasgow in the 15th century, which subsequently became a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century. From the 18th century the city also grew as one of Britain's main hubs of wikt:transatlantic trade with British America and the British West Indies. With the Industrial Revolution, the city and surrounding region shifted to become one of the world's pre-eminent centres of Heavy Engineering, most notably in the Shipbuilding and Naval architecture industry, which produced many innovative and famous vessels. Glasgow was known as the ''"List of second cities of the British Empire"'' for much of the Victorian era and Edwardian era. Today it is one of Europe's top twenty financial centres and is home to many of Scotland's leading businesses. Glasgow is also ranked as the 57th most liveable city in the world.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Glasgow grew to a population of over one million, and was the fourth-largest city in Europe, after London, Paris and Berlin. In the 1960s, comprehensive urban renewal projects resulting in large-scale relocation of people to new towns and peripheral suburbs, followed by successive boundary changes, have reduced the current population of the City of Glasgow unitary authority area to 580,690, with 1,199,629 people living in the Greater Glasgow urban area. The entire region surrounding the conurbation covers approximately 2.3 million people, 41% of Scotland's population.

Why visit?

  • Glasgow is a great place to shop, with a wide range of stores, from high-end designer boutiques to independent shops. The city also has a great selection of markets, including the famous Barras market.
  • Glasgow is a city with a long and fascinating history, from its days as a major port to its current status as a vibrant cultural hub. From the grand Victorian architecture to the many museums and galleries, there is plenty to explore and discover.
  • Glasgow is renowned for its lively nightlife, with a wide range of bars, clubs and pubs to choose from.