Glasgow blooms as a romantic city with its name derived from the Celtic Glas-cu, which means ‘the dear, green place’. When William the Lion Heart gave an official charter to the city in 1175, the place gained its important all over the country and many important building were built and major among them is a University. With successful port business and the following Industrial Revolution, Glasgow became the prominent city in Scotland.
Once ship building was getting to heavens and thus it became a major city for its ship manufacturing. But in the recent years all those history of successful ship building were at loss. This enormous decline led to deep economic and social crisis. But due to its splendour as a tourist destination it regains its place among the leading cities in UK.
Located on the River Clyde, Glasgow stands as a stunning attraction and at the same time it is the populous city on Scotland. With a total area of 175.1 Sq. Km it is positioned on the hilly landscape formed by the marine deposits and drumlins. Its area was extended several times and many places were added under it and some of them are Anderston, Bridgeton, Calton, Gorbals, Kelvin grove, Woodside, Govanhill, Hillhead, Kelvinside, Mary hill, Pollok shields, Cathcart, Govan, Patrick and Pollokshaws. Thus with its large coverage of area the city stands top among the other cities of UK.
Climate of Glasgow
Resembling to Scottish climate, here too it is almost unpredictable. Summer months in the city are plain and pleasant and July stands as the hottest period with high temperature. And at the same time it is very cold during the temperature fall. And it is cruelly cold sometimes with sudden change of climate.
Spring season would be the perfect time to visit the place. The city is entirely flowery and is a delicious treat for our eyes. Sometimes the city experiences slight rainfall but that too adds beauty for the natural environment.
During winter the day is long and dampness prevails all over the city. If you are planning to visit the city during winter time it is always recommended to have warm clothes and blankets to keep you warm since purchasing would be expensive.
Transportation in Glasgow
Arriving to Glasgow is not very difficult for there are plenty of airlines from various destinations. There are domestic flights as well as international flights and you can come from Far East, other European countries, US and almost from any part of the world.
The functionality and service of the railway system in Glasgow is excellent and is a great option for the travellers to tour around the city and enjoy its astonishing natural beauty.
The Glasgow Subway System
There is also a subway mode of travelling which was opened on 14th December 1896. It is quite safe to use this mode for people who are new to the place. Glasgow has a metro like London and is very famous with tourists to Glasgow. The trains are painted orange and is a first-class way to visit the city.
Sightseeing in Glasgow
Glasgow is a very important destination that covers many tourist spots. Some of the major spots are as follows.
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow is an exceedingly fine place to visit, as there are number of exhibitions and concerts that you can enjoy during your visit to Glasgow.
Kelvin Grove Park, Art Galleries and Museum
Located in the wide area of around 85 acres is the Kelvin Grove Park which was founded by Sir Joseph Paxton in 1852. It is positioned in between the Glasgow University and the Art Gallery and Museum of Glasgow. Honouring statues, fountains, tennis, bowling, a fine herbaceous border are some of the exiting features in the park. And innumerable events take place here every year and thus it becomes one of the primary places in the city.
The University of Glasgow has a very gorgeous museum and an art gallery. The museum is famous for its globally celebrated collections of paintings, drawings and prints by Whistler, and furniture and drawings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It also consists of ancient paintings that belong to the 18th century. This attractive place is especially for people who are lovers of art and architecture.
The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour
This place is home for a 104 year old sailing ship which is preserved very well here. The ship is named as ‘Glenlee’ and it is a finest hand built of the past. The past glory of the ship building can be even seen in the remains of the ship.
Princes Square, Glasgow
Known as Buchanan Street, the Princes Square is the most exclusive shopping place in the city. Things like classic fashion, gifts, accessories, crafts and affordable luxuries are available here and are not so expensive. From past to present collections of all ages can be found here and can be bought for fewer prices too.
It is wonderful to visit this spectacular place which is situated about a 40 minutes drive from the city. The place is famous for its Scottish souvenirs and its astonishing serene beauty. It is a major tourist attraction and a must see sight.