The third largest city in the UK after London and Birmingham, and the largest in Scotland, Glasgow enjoys a population of 600,000 and the largest economy in Scotland. Situated on the River Clyde and host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, this great city with its impressive industrial past has reinvented itself into a true cultural gem and a city like no other. Packed with stylish restaurants, world-renowned theatres, classy bars and excellent museums, as well as being a shopping and employment hub, it’s no wonder Glasgow is a popular place to buy a new home. With no less than four universities within the city boundaries, Glasgow boasts impressive education facilities, with students and residents alike drawn to the spirited vitality and range of attractions that the city offers. Scores of live music venues populate Glasgow’s streets, showcasing a range of both popular and lesser-known artists, together with bigger music centres such as the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the SSE Hydro, meaning the Glasgow music scene really does have something for everyone.
Lots to do in the local area
With a stunning and eclectic range of architecture, both classic and contemporary, throughout the city, Glasgow’s residents enjoy beautiful surroundings steeped in history and culture, from the futuristic new Riverside Museum to the distinctive baroque spires of the Kelvingrove Museum in the West End. Top-quality theatres abound in Glasgow, home to Scotland’s national orchestra, opera and ballet companies and offer a range of productions to suit all tastes. Other attractions in the city include beautiful botanical gardens, countless well-respected art galleries and museums (most of which are free), and the world’s tallest cinema, together with world class sporting facilities, the impressive legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Shop til you drop
A shopper’s dream, Glasgow is the biggest retail centre outside London. The central Style Mile offers a huge variety of both independent and high street shopping and leisure options. With everything from boho vintage shops in the West End to designer boutiques in the Italian centre, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for in Glasgow.
Great transport links
Glasgow’s residents benefit from excellent transport links. Roads, trains, the subway, buses and airports are all in plentiful supply, ensuring you are extremely well-connected when it comes to travelling to, from and around Glasgow.
The focal point of Scotland’s main road network, Glasgow is well-served by a number of different trunk roads. This includes the main M8 motorway, which passes through the centre of Glasgow and joins the M80, M73, M77 and M70 motorways, which link the city to many other cities across the UK.
Glasgow is well provided for by the rail network, with two mainline railway stations linking it to the countrywide network, as well as to many locations in West Scotland. Queen Street station provides services mainly within Scotland, while Glasgow Central provides a service linking locations south of Glasgow, and includes the West Coast main line to London Euston.
Another method of transport for Glasgow residents is the city’s subway system. The subway provides a regular service around the city centre and West End of Glasgow in a loop, and carries over 13 million passengers every year.
Glasgow also has a large number of bus routes, mostly managed by the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). Buchanan bus station, in the city centre, sees over 40,000 passengers every day.
Glasgow has three international airports close by, linking the city to many locations worldwide. The closest is Glasgow Central Airport (GLA), eight miles from the city centre.