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Glasgow


Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the the UK. As of 2004, the city's population was estimated at 1,171,390. The term "Glaswegian" is used to refer to both the inhabitants of the city and the local dialect.


Key Facts about Glasgow


Here are some facts about Glasgow:
  1. Glasgow is the largest and most populous city in Scotland, and the 4th most populous in the United Kingdom overall after London, Birmingham, and Leeds.

  2. Glasgow grew to its large size in the 19th century with the industrial revolution. It became a leading center of engineering (especially shipbuilding and marine engineering), textiles, and chemicals.

  3. During the late 19th century, and early 20th century, Glasgow was often known as the "second city of the British Empire".

  4. Today, Glasgow is a leading financial center, and home to many leading Scottish businesses.

  5. Glasgow has extensive road, rail, and air transport links:

    • The M8 motorway passes through Glasgow city center, and connects to the M73, M77, and M80.

    • The M74 runs South towards Carlisle.

    • The A82 connects Glasgow to Argyll and the western highlands of Scotland.

    • Glasgow has two main line railway stations: Queen Street Station (which connects Glasgow to Edinburgh and the North of Scotland), and Glasgow Central Station (which is on the West Coast Main Line, and connects Glasgow to the England and the South).

    • Glasgow also has a suburban rail system, and an underground rail system, for travel within the city.

    • Glasgow is served by two international airports: Glasgow International Airport (which is to the West of the city), and Glasgow Prestwick Airport (which is to the Southwest).

  6. Soccer is an important part of the history and culture of Glasgow:

    • Glasgow was home to the first international match, held in 1872, between England and Scotland (the result was 0-0).

    • Glasgow is also home to Hampden Park, Scotland's national soccer stadium, which holds the European record for attendance at a football match (149.547).

    • There are three professional soccer clubs in Glasgow: Celtic, Rangers, and Partick Thistle.

  7. Glasgow's principal library, the Mitchell Library, is one of the largest public reference libraries in Europe.


Attractions and Places of Interest in Glasgow


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Rick Steves Scotland

By Rick Steves

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Released: 2018-04-03
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Whether you take the high road or the low road, with Rick Steves on your side, Scotland can be yours!

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  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Scotland
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the wild beauty of Orkney Islands and the Hebrides to cozy corner pubs in Edinburgh
  • How to connect with local culture: Chat with experts on the Speyside Whisky Trail, attend a small-town Highland Games, or join the search for Nessie
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a dram of Scotch
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and historic sites
  • Detailed neighborhood maps and a fold-out city map for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, a phrase book of Scottish slang, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 400 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St. Andrews, the Scottish Highlands, Oban, Mull, Iona, Staffa, Glencoe, Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness, Pitiochry, Balmoral Castle, the Isle of Skye, Wester Ross, the Orkney Islands, and more

Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Scotland.

Rick Steves Scotland Planning Map: Including Edinburgh & Glasgow City Maps (Rick Steves Planning Maps)

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-05-22
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Designed specifically for Rick Steves fans, this map highlights choice destinations throughout Scotland in a colorful, easy-to-use format on high-quality paper that lasts over many trips:
  • Cuts the Clutter: While big cities are left for navigational purposes, this map is otherwise stripped clean and filled in only with places that matter to travelers
  • Guidebook-Friendly: At a glance, all the places you read about in Rick's Scotland guidebooks stand out in a crisp, easy-to-read format
  • Rail or Road: Includes important train lines and highways (and ferry routes) for easy route-planning, no matter how you'll get around
  • The Back's Even Better: The reverse side includes detailed city-center maps of Glasgow, and Edinburgh, locating sights, hotels and restaurants

Fodor's Essential Scotland (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-03-13
Paperback (536 pages)

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Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential Scotland is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Scotland travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring one of the most exciting countries in Great Britain and Europe.

Scotland offers astonishing variety: its iconic lochs and mountains, as well as lively cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, have strong allure. St. Andrews is a pilgrimage for golfers; castles dot the scenic countryside; and whisky distilleries have become another must-visit. Scotland's customs and products--from tartans to tweeds--are known worldwide, but there's nothing like experiencing them firsthand.

Fodor’s Essential Scotland includes:

    • UPDATED COVERAGE: Fodor's writers have scoured the country to find the best new hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, shops, and sights. Look for Edinburgh's and Glasgow's hottest new restaurants and hotels, showcasing the best of Scottish food and style. Fresh recommendations for outdoor activities have been added in the most popular areas.
    • ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A visually stunning color photo guide covers the essential sights and unmissable attractions throughout Scotland.
    • SPECIAL FEATURES WITH GORGEOUS PHOTOS: Features help travelers experience the essence of Scotland, including choosing the best castles to see, planning a whisky distillery visit, and discovering great local fare in the cities or countryside.
    • HELPFUL ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Multiple sample itineraries to help you plan and make the most of your time. Includes tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports and the outdoors. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category.
    • INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Features such as “Need to Know,” "Top Attractions," and useful travel tips make planning simple. Convenient chapter overviews present each region and its highlights, and chapter planning sections have useful advice for making the most of your time and getting around by car and public transportation, including island hopping.
    • COVERS: Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews, Isle of Skye, Inverness, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Islay, Glencoe, and much more.

ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

Planning on visiting the rest of Britain? Check out Fodor’s England, Fodor's Essential Ireland, and Fodor’s Great Britain.

Discovering Glasgow: The Illustrated Map Collins (Collins Travel Guides)

By Dominic Beddow

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Glasgow, host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, is on the itinerary of many visitors to Scotland. This brand new map displays delightful watercolor mapping, with individual paintings of all the main sights and landmarks in the city.

Glasgow (Footprint Focus)

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From the energy & excitement of the Merchant City to fantastic museums and art collections, FootprintFocus Glasgow will provide you with the essential information for you to make the most of your trip. This guide contains useful tips for getting there and around, to ensure you get the best out of Glasgow.

 

  • Essentials section with useful advice on getting to and around Glasgow
  • Comprehensive, up-to-date listings of where to eat, sleep and have fun.
  • Includes information on tour operators, activities, walks and festivals.
  • Detailed maps for Glasgow and other key areas.
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With detailed information on all the main sights, plus many lesser-known attractions, FootprintFocus Glasgow provides concise and comprehensive coverage of Scotland’s most energetic city.

Glasgow Shopping Guide 2018: Best Rated Stores in Glasgow, Scotland - Stores Recommended for Visitors, (Glasgow Shopping Guide 2018)

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