One of the largest seaports in Britain, the city of Glasgow is home to epic medieval architecture, historic castles and contemporary high-rise buildings. It’s a true destination for travelers looking to dig deep into European folklore, old-school artwork and traditional music and dance.
How to Get to Glasgow
Glasgow is located in West Central Scotland on the banks of the River Clyde. Most travelers access the city via port or railway, since two main stations service Glasgow. Public buses and private cars are also popular options for visitors. The city center is pedestrian friendly and a subway serves as another option for destinations a bit further afoot.
One Day in Glasgow
This historical city is one worth exploring and a single day is just enough time to sample a bit of what makes Scotland’s largest city so unique. Spend an afternoon wandering the busy streets of Glasgow—which are easy to navigate, thanks to a formalized grid system. Check out the ornate Glasgow City Chambers for a taste of the area’s politics and Victorian-style architecture. Then head to one of the premier shopping districts, like Argyle Street and Buchanan Street, where high-end stores and unique boutiques offer up the best in local and designer goods. Afterwards, head to the well-kept grounds of Glasgow Caledonian University for a taste of collegiate life in this thriving metropolis. Finally, catch a performance at the Pavilion Theatre or the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, or relax for a film at Cineworld—the world’s tallest movie theater.
Ships dock at Ocean Terminal in Greenock, and while the place offers some light shopping, souvenirs and Internet access, there’s not much to keep travelers in Greenock. Thankfully, Glasgow is accessible via one of the two train stations, or by public bus or subway. Scotland uses the British Pound, but exchanged money is often mixed with Scottish notes. Ask for change in Sterling to insure easier use outside the country.