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Glasgow Tourism

The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is situated on the banks of River Clyde in the West Central Lowlands of the country. It was historically a part of Lanarkshire. From being the powerhouse of industrial Britain, it has transformed itself into a major tourist destination across the world.

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is well known for its culture, style and the nature of the people. It is home to numerous internationally famous museums and galleries and boasts a beautiful architecture. The city has a vibrant nightlife and a perfect destination for shopping and food lovers. There is a year round buzz going on in the city and has a lot of exhibitions. Glasgow was declared as the UK's City of Design and Architecture in 1999. It has a huge number of Victorian structures and unique masterpieces by the architects. There are also various parks in the city which are major tourist attraction.

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Currency in Glasgow

The pound is the basic unit of currency in Scotland. Pennies are also used here and it stands for the plural term of pence. 100 pence makes one pound. The currency is more of coins and less of notes as there are coins of even 5 pounds. The pound is generally referred to as a "quid".

Shopping in Glasgow

Glasgow is regarded as the fashion centre of Scotland and one can find a large number of shops across the city. Buchanan Street is the seventh most expensive area for retail market in the word and there are a lot of designer stores. The hub of Glasgow shopping is referred to as the Golden Z and it is made up of various thoroughfares like Argyle St, Sauchiehall St, and Buchanan St. You can find garments made by local textiles. Apart from clothes, you can also buy antiques, ceramics, paintings and Scotch Whisky. Barras is the largest indoor market in Scotland and is best for buying Bric a Brac.

Nightlife in Glasgow

Pubs are considered to be the common meeting rooms in Glasgow. There are three major drinking areas here: West End, Sauchiehall Street and the Merchant city. The nightlife here is pretty jovial with a large number of dance clubs, nightclubs and pubs which remain open till dawn. Try out places like The Counting house, the Crystal palace and Waxy O Connors.

History of Glasgow

The history of Glasgow dates back to two thousand years. It was an obscure fishing village located near the River Clyde. A Christian missionary, St. Mungo, founded the city and is also known as the patron saint of the city. For several years, the city was just a religious centre and then it slowly started to develop into a city of learning. Glasgow is witness to a lot of battles, and the biggest one was fought in 1300 between the English and William Wallace. By the 18th century, a lot of industries started developing in Glasgow and it became the main industrial hub in the country.

Language of Glasgow

The official language of Glasgow is English.

Glasgow Customs

Scotland has its own national dress, but when it comes to tourists, there is no particular dress code. However, remember to dress decently in order to provide a better impact on others. Always greet a person with a handshake and a smile or it is considered being rude. Never forget to leave tips in the restaurants and cafes. As per the common rules, the tip must be almost equal to 10-15 percent of the total order.

Religion of Glasgow

Christianity is the major faith of Glasgow.

Daily Budget for Glasgow

Glasgow is one of the most important cities in Scotland, and for that reason, it is a bit expensive. One needs to spend about GBP 50-60 per day as the daily budget. Leaving aside the accommodation, money is needed for food, water, local transportation and entertainment. The cost of food per day is about GBP 32 while local transportation costs GBP 10.

Exchanging Money in Glasgow

The rate of exchange of money will be varying as one travels and in major tourism areas, one can find traders who specialise in converting currency including American Dollars and Euro into British Pounds. The best option is exchanging cash at a bank or using an ATM for this. ATMs are pretty common in Glasgow and one can use their debit or credit card to withdraw cash in pounds from any ATM. There are three major banks in Scotland: The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank. They print their own paper money which are legal in Scotland.

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What is the local food in Glasgow?

Glasgow is not one of those cities which serve a lot of Scottish food, but it has a multicuisine food culture serving Indian, Chinese and Italian food as well. International cuisine rules the taste buds of the people of Glasgow. Most of the restaurants are affordable and cheap. In order to taste the best Scottish Cuisine here in Glasgow, one must surely visit the Ubiquitous Chip.
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What are the places near Glasgow?

The top places near to Glasgow are Edinburgh which is 67 km from Glasgow, Dublin which is located 308 km from Glasgow, Liverpool which is located 284 km from Glasgow, Manchester which is located 294 km from Glasgow, York which is located 292 km from Glasgow

What are the things to do in Glasgow?

The top things to do in Glasgow are Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Science Centre, Burrell Collection, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, The Lighthouse, One Devonshire Gardens. You can see all the places to visit in Glasgow here

What are the top hotels in Glasgow?

There are 660 in Glasgow which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Glasgow are West George Street Apartment, Airdbreck, Garden Cottage, Chic Living in the Heart of the City, Banavie House, Luxury Apartment Glasgow City Centre. You can see all the hotels in Glasgow here

What is the best time to visit Glasgow?

The best time to visit Glasgow is during summers. The weather in Glasgow is unpredicatble and it can rain anytime during the day. Thus, Summers are the best time to visit as one can enjoy the long day and a warm evening. However, it is always advised to carry an umbrella or a raincoat with you while travelling. The peak months are July and August, even the costliest ones.
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