Why visit Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and sites on the River Clyde in the country’s western lowlands. It is noted for being a cultural hub and for being home to some stunning Victorian and art nouveau architecture, including many designs by the famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Glasgow was voted the “Friendliest City in the World” in a Rough Guides poll, and named as one of the Top 20 “Best of the World” destinations for 2016 by National Geographer Traveler magazine.
Things to do in Glasgow
You don’t have to look far to find fun things to do in Glasgow. It is home to many world-renowned institutions, including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland; and has a very thriving music scene. The destination is actually a UNESCO City of Music, and hosts, on average, more than 100 music events every week.
When visiting the city you can also check out some of its museums and galleries, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Riverside Museum. Furthermore, the city is the perfect place to go shopping (with everything from vintage and boutique to high-end wares), and to enjoy excellent food. Glasgow was described by Lonely Planet as being the “best and most eclectic dining city in Europe”.
Best time to visit Glasgow
The best time to visit Glasgow tends to be between March and August, particularly over the summer months when the weather is warmer.
Best time to book
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Expect to pay
The currency in Glasgow is the pound sterling.
You can expect to pay approximately AUD$5.08 for a regular cappuccino in the city.
Arriving in Glasgow by plane
There are three international airports within 40 minutes of the Glasgow CBD. The main airport though is Glasgow International Airport, which is located approximately 13km away from the city centre.
Multiple airlines operate flights from Australia to Glasgow. Some of these are Malaysia Airlines, British Airways, KLM, Emirates, and Qantas.
Australians do not need a visa to visit Glasgow if they stay for less than six months.
Transportation to city centre
On average, a taxi from Glasgow International Airport into the CBD costs around $40 to $45. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes.
Where to stay in Glasgow
During a stay in Glasgow you may like to book accommodation in the trendy West End for people watching; in the East End for flea markets; on the South Side, to be near the popular Burrell Collection art gallery; or in the emerging “cool quarter” that is Finnieston.
It pays to book a hotel online if you’re after the most affordable rates.
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Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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