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Glasgow Introduction


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Glasgow is a reflection of Scottish exuberance. Even the frequently seen rain clouds can't dampen Glaswegian enthusiasm, friendliness and civic pride. No other Scottish city has quite the same endearing grittiness, in spite of its sophistication.   Click here to see the full Glasgow travel guide on Travel42 »

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Glasgow Geography


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Located in the west of Scotland, with the Campsie Fells to the north and the Clyde Valley to the south, Glasgow serves as a link between the Highlands and the Lowlands. The River Clyde, which flows in from the rugged Lanarkshire countryside to the west, cuts through the city. The city center is located on the Clyde's north bank; that's where you'll find George Square, the main shopping centers and the city's two main railway stations, Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street.  Click here to see the full Glasgow travel guide on Travel42 »

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Glasgow History


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Stone Age settlers first established a fishing village on the banks of the River Clyde. Celtic tribes were later drawn to the area, which became known as Glas cu (meaning "dear green place"), and the Romans spent time there in their struggle to maintain a military foothold. By the sixth century, it was part of the British Kingdom of Strathclyde, and St. Kentigern (also known as St. Mungo) was invited there to establish a Christian church. St. Mungo was buried there, and the town soon became a magnet for pilgrims. Mungo is now considered the city's founder; his original church was later replaced by Glasgow Cathedral, which is named in his honor.   Click here to see the full Glasgow travel guide on Travel42 »

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Glasgow Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Blessed with some of Europe's finest Victorian architecture and the distinctive work of famed architects Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander "Greek" Thomson, Glasgow has become a design mecca. Mackintosh's greatest achievement, the Glasgow School of Art on Renfrew Street, was damaged by a fire in 2014, but renovation is under way thanks to a huge, spontaneous fund raised by graduates and the general public, as well as the government. The Gallery of Modern Art and the City Chambers, both in the city center, are must-sees for fans of art and architecture. For a more medieval perspective, visit Provand's Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow, dating back to 1417. The magnificent Glasgow Necropolis, which was modeled after the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, overlooks Glasgow Cathedral, a rare example of Scottish Gothic architecture that predates the Reformation.   Click here to see the full Glasgow travel guide on Travel42 »

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Glasgow Nightlife


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Glaswegian nightlife includes a combination of restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs, each with its own blend of culture and style. From the traditional surroundings of the Horse Shoe Bar to the chic decor of Arta, Glasgow obliges those who don't want to sleep. City licensing laws mean that pubs close at 11 pm or midnight, even on weekends, unless they have a Late Hours Catering License. Clubs, on the other hand, often remain open until 3 am. Some have a cover charge on Friday and Saturday.   Click here to see the full Glasgow travel guide on Travel42 »

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Glasgow Restaurants & Dining


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Given Glasgow's success at blending culture and tradition, it's no surprise that the city offers a diverse choice of eateries that extends far beyond the city center. Indeed, in districts such as Byres Road, Shawlands, Giffnock and Merchant City, Glaswegians are spoiled with quality cuisine at prices that are notably cheaper than in other major cities in the U.K.  Click here to see the full Glasgow travel guide on Travel42 »

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