About Glasgow

Glasgow is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most dynamic cultural capitals: steeped in culture, rich in history, but above all, alive with an excitement you can sense as you walk through its elegant Victorian streets, squares, parks and gardens. Glasgow is also Scotland's largest city and is renowned for its diversity, style and the friendliness of its people. The city offers a mixture of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and some of the best restaurants and bars in the UK.

Cultural Hub

  • Scotland’s cultural hub with over 20 museums and galleries - most offering free entry
  • Home to Scotland’s most visited museum: Kelvingrove Art Gallery − the most popular museum outside London − you can see Salvador Dalí’s world-famous Christ of St John of the Cross, and enjoy works by Van Gogh, Whistler, Monet, and Botticell.
  • The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery is the oldest museum in Scotland situated within the University of Glasgow main campus. The Hunterian is one of the leading university museums in the world and its collections have been recognised as a Collection of National Significance. It is one of Scotland’s most important cultural assets.
  • Home to Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ballet
  • Home to the European Museum of the Year 2013 – Glasgow’s Riverside Museum of Transport, located beside the famous SEC Centre (previously known as the SECC)
  • The SEC Centre is Scotland's largest exhibition centre, hosting concerts for the world’s biggest popstars and music groups. The SSE Hydro retains its position as one of the top arenas in the world, ranking third in the Pollstar Top 100 global arenas and number 1 in the Billboard arena charts
  • The Mackintosh House replicates the interiors of 6 Florentine Terrace, the Glasgow home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh from 1906 to 1914

Restaurants and Bars

  • Glasgow is now the envy of many European cities for its amazing and eclectic restaurant and café scene - with over 3000 restaurants to choose from across the city, delegates won’t be short of somewhere to eat
  • With more than 700 bars and cosy pubs, and over 130 music events in the city each week, there are endless places to network with colleagues after the day’s conference

Cobbled streets of the West End

It is home to the University of Glasgow, fine Victorian architecture and bohemian bars, restaurants and antique shops. There are quirky, individual shops on Byres Road, while cobbled Ashton Lane is an Aladdin’s Cave of pubs, bistros and a cinema. Nearby, the Botanical Gardens is a great place to unwind after a busy conference day.

Tours & More Information

To see Glasgow's famous landmarks, we recommend the Glasgow CitySightseeing bus tours which offers many stops where you can hop on and off to visit many of the best visitor attractions the city has to offer. For more information about places to visit and what's on in the West End or Glasgow in general, please visit the People Make Glasgow website.

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