Glasgow is one of Europe’s most exciting destinations, which combines the energy and sophistication of a modern international city with some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.
It is uniquely regarded as both a leading sporting and cultural city thanks to its world-class events programme and internationally renowned museums and art galleries. Recently ranked number 11 at the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City Awards, Glasgow has also been named by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top 10 must-see cities and was in the New York Times top places to visit.
The city’s impressive cultural estate includes Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and the iconic new Riverside Museum – a breathtaking landmark building on the banks of the River Clyde. The building’s dramatic design is architect Zaha Hadid’s interpretation of the city and the river. The Tall Ship SV Glenlee is also permanently berthed beside the Riverside Museum.
Glasgow’s unique style is stamped on its year-round events programme, which includes international sporting competitions, cultural festivals, music, the arts and entertainment. Current events include Aviva International Athletics, World Cup Gymnastics and the World Pipe Band Championships, ensuring Glasgow’s reputation as a leading destination for events. This exciting programme is growing as the city prepares to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Glasgow is the perfect city for retail therapy with the best shopping in the UK outside of London – from the Italian Centre in the Merchant City, to the exclusive, designer label parade of Ingram Street, right through to the boutique shops of the West End. And it couldn’t be easier to get to the city, with three international airports offering direct access from over 100 destinations. The city also offers an outstanding choice of accommodation.