In the heart of Glasgow lies George Square, site of
the Gallery of Modern Art, which houses a collection of contemporary Scottish art. On
the Glasgow Green, the People's Palace showcases the city's social and political
history, while the tomb of St. Mungo, the city's patron saint and founder (6th century),
is located at Glasgow Cathedral, erected as of the 12th century. Near the cathedral is
the oldest house in town (15th century), referred to as Provand's
The Lighthouse houses Scotland's Centre
for Architecture, Design and the City. It is also home to the Mackintosh Interpretation
Centre, in reference to famous architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, born in
Glasgow in 1868. Several of his works can be admired in various places and squares
throughout the city, including the Glasgow School of Art, located near the
Noteworthy among the city's other
museums are the Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, which exhibits the works of such
illustrious artists as Van Gogh, Monet and Rembrandt; the Museum of Paisley, which
features the world's largest collection of paisley shawls; the Museum of Transport and
the Museum of Piping.
Pollok Country Park, located
in the southern Glasgow suburb of the same name, is home to the Pollok House (18th
century), as well as the impressive Burrell Collection, bequeathed to the city by Sir
William Burrell, an avid collector of objets d'art
throughout his venerable life.
Thanks to Glaswegian Charles
Macintosh, the inventor of the umbrella, outings in drizzly Glasgow prove to be less
trying. A very lively city come nightfall, the "dear green place" is home to a great
number of pubs, wine bars, traditional teashops and cafés. Pubs are legion here, some of
which remain very traditional while others are more modern and offer live
All year-round, Greater Glasgow hosts a
cornucopia of rock shows, evenings at the opera and classical-music concerts, as well as
plays and dance performances.
offer gourmands a wide range of culinary delights, from traditional Scottish fare to
Thai, Indian and Mexican food.
Held every weekend
is a huge and very popular street market known as the Barras. The place literally has it
all, from food and clothing to furniture and a host of items each more unusual than the
Where on earth
Glasgow is located in western Scotland, 50 km (30 mi)
west of Edinburgh. The River Clyde winds through the city before flowing into the Irish
Sea. Glasgow has a population of 750,000, with more than twice that in its metropolitan area.