Like to Belong to Glasgow?
Voted the 57th best city in the world in which to live, the second city of the British Empire at the start of the last century, European City of Culture in 1990, one time fourth largest city in Europe after London, Paris, and Berlin; Glasgow has a colourful past.
Most noted for its shipyards and docklands in the first half of the last century, Glasgow and Clyde built became synonymous with engineering quality. The city grew up initially on the export and import trade, with tobacco a major product.The city has one of the first universities, and a Glasgow degree is still highly regarded. The west end is university country, and also houses a major hospital the Victorian Kelvin Halls, now a sports centre, and the beautiful and full refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
The south of the city is residential, and has as diverse a population as any in the UK, but noted for its harmonious living. The north and east were badly run down, but now are largely modernised and regenerated. The forthcoming Commonwealth Games will complete the east regeneration with the athletes’ village being absorbed into Glasgow housing after 2014.
Served by a good rail network and a decent road network, this is an easy city to navigate and it’s well worth hiring a car in Glasgow. All the major car rental companies and a many local firms are to be found in the city. Most are based on the Clydeside, a five minute walk from Central Station. Of course your rental car can be delivered anywhere that may suit.
Shopping and business are convenient. If you wish to visit the centre for just an hour or so, on-street parking is plentiful, and not too costly. Longer stays are well catered by good off street car parking
Most shopping centres on and around Argyle Street and Buchanan Street where every major store exists. The Marks and Spencer is the largest outside London (you can park the hire car off street right opposite!), Frasers is a mini Harrods, and the Argyle Arcade is a covered mall with only jewellery shops but lots of them, in this highly secure area.
Glasgow is rapidly adding new attractions – Maritime Museum, Science Centre, the huge Finnieston Crane is a tourist venue – once one of the worlds largest ship yard cranes - seaplane service, plus everything you can expect in a thriving modern, European city. And to top if off, probably the friendliest and most laid back people on the planet!