Living and Working in Glasgow
Welcome to Glasgow: Scotland’s Biggest and Best City
As the largest city in Scotland and a popular international tourist destination, Glasgow offers a multicultural and cosmopolitan experience for all. The city is consistently voted one of the top places to visit in the UK, so it is no surprise that the New York Times recently named Glasgow as one of the world’s top 12 places to see.
The city also offers a variety of activities for every taste, ranging from sport and recreation events, a vast range of dinning opportunities and many cultural and arts attractions.
Glasgow is the only Scottish city to be designated as a National City of Sport. In recent years the city has hosted prestigious events such as the Commonwealth Games, UEFA Champions League Cup Final, the Special Olympics National Summer Games, the Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics and the British National Road Race Cycling Championships.
The city boasts top flight sporting venues, including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and three football stadiums. Scotland is the home of golf and the city is a short distance from world leading links courses on both the west and east coasts.
Culture and Entertainment
Glasgow is a popular performance destination for an eclectic genre of musicians. With venues such as the SECC, Barrowlands, the O2 ABC, Oran Mor, the Royal Concert Hall and the Hydro Arena, there is something for everyone.
Glasgow has a wide range of theatre venues hosting a wide range of traditional and contemporary drama, dance and performing art productions including the King's Theatre, the Royal National Theatre , the Tramway, the Citizens Theatre, the Tron Theatre and The Pavilion Theatre. The city is also home to Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. Glasgow houses the popular comedy clubs Jongleurs and The Stand and features a selection of cinemas ranging from the intimate Grosvenor cinema to the multiplex Cineworld.
The city of Glasgow hosts many annual festivals throughout the year. The annual Celtic Connections festival has enjoyed great success since it’s unveiling in 1994. Other successful annual events include Glasgow Film Festival, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the Mela Festival, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Glasgay Festival, Merchant City Festival and many more.
Glasgow has a rich collection of museums and galleries. The city’s newest attraction, the Riverside Museum was voted European Museum of the Year 2013. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which underwent a £28m refurbishment in 2006, houses one of Europe's great civic art collections. Other attractions include Glasgow Science Centre, the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, The Burrell Collection which displays over 8,000 pieces of art including works by Rodin, Degas and Cézanne, the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, which tells the story of the social history of the city and its inhabitants.
Bars and Restaurants
With over 400 places to eat, ranging from traditional bistros and brassieres to high-end restaurants serving high quality international cuisine, Glasgow occupants are spoiled for choice. You can choose from Italian, Japanese, Mongolian, Moroccan, French, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, traditional Scottish food and much more. Similarly the genre of bars and clubs throughout the city ensures there is something for everyone.
The city has been coined the shopping capital of Scotland and is the 2nd largest centre for shopping in the UK. As well as independent boutiques, Glasgow’s Farmers Market and other local businesses, attractions such as the Italian Centre, Buchanan Galleries, Merchant City, St. Enoch Centre and Princes Square afford a variety of customer experiences.