Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, with just under 600,000.
As the former “Second City of the British Empire”, it has been a major industrial, maritime and trading centre for centuries.
This is reflected in the impressive architecture, fine buildings, streets and squares.
While its industrial heritage reflects its past, Glasgow today is a modern, vibrant city, home to three major universities and a diverse range of entertainment, arts and leisure venues.
The city has a huge range of places to eat and drink, with something for all budgets and diets, including halal, vegan, vegetarian and kosher.
Many of Glasgow’s cultural attractions are near the School, from cinemas, independent and foreign-language films at the Glasgow Film Theatre, or the Theatre Royal, which is the home of the Scottish Ballet, to the Glasgow Piping Centre, where you can learn to play Scottish bagpipes there is something for everyone.
If you are interested in live music, visit Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the O2 ABC venue, or Glasgow Hydro, and there is also a wide range of clubs and bars in the city centre with music to suit all tastes.
There are many museums and Art Galleries to visit, such as the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art or Kelvingrove Museum.
Why Glasgow is the best city to live and study English in Scotland
- Glasgow is a modern, exciting city with friendly, outgoing people who will make you feel at home.
- Its range of entertainment, arts, cultural and leisure facilities is second to none and no matter your interests you’ll find they are catered for in the city.
- Excellent public transport (bus, train and metro) – easy and inexpensive to get around.
- Friendly and safe city.
- There are many direct flights to Glasgow worldwide.
- First-class entertainment, nightlife, food and drinks.
- Tolerant and accepting of all cultures and religions.
- Much cheaper than studying in major English cities, such as London.
- The city authorities are creating policies to restrict cars and reduce pollution in the centre.
Most popular tourist attractions and things to do and see in Glasgow
- Botanic Gardens.
- Gallery of Modern Art.
- Glasgow Cathedral.
- Glasgow Science Centre.
- People’s Palace and Glasgow Green.
- Riverside Museum (transport plus the Tall Ship).
- The City Chambers in George Square (with more marble than the Vatican).
- The National Bagpiping Centre.
- The Necropolis.
- The painting “Christ of St John of the Cross” by Salvador Dali in Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Most important events and festivals in Glasgow
- Celtic Connections, January.
- Eat and Drink Festival, June.
- Glasgow Film Festival, February – March.
- Glasgow International Comedy Festival, March.
- Glasgow International, April – May.
- Summer Nights at the Bandstand, July - August.
- TRNSMT Festival, July.
Most famous sights in Glasgow
- Arts – Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Hunterian Museum
- Culture – Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, Royal Scottish Orchestra, etc.
- Entertainment – music, shopping, nightlife, pubs and restaurants
- Sport - the two biggest Scottish football teams are based in Glasgow