Glasgow - FURTHER INFORMATION
Glasgow - Glasgow visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Glasgow' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Strathclyde.
Situated on the River Clyde in the country's west central lowlands, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. The region has been occupied since prehistoric times, but the development of Glasgow are largely due to it being the second largest bishopric in Medieval Scotland. The city grew between the 11th and 15th centuries, eventually being granted archbishopric status in 1492.
Having a deep water port, Glasgow developed strong trading links with the Americas in the 18th and 19th centuries importing tobacco, cotton and sugar. During the industrial era Glasgow exported textiles, chemicals, engineered goods and steel. During this era many of the most important engineering and building projects were undertaken, built by trading wealth. These included Loch Katrine aqueduct, Subway, Tramway system, City Chambers, Mitchell Library and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, many of which are now important tourist attractions.
With the decline of manufacturing industries in the UK, Glasgow went through a period of decline, followed by regeneration, especially around the Docks. Glasgow was declared the European City of Culture in 1990. Today this vibrant, world class city has much to offer the visitor, both in terms of museums and culture, as well as a vibrant night-life full of clubs, bars and restaurants. Glasgow is also an ideal stepping stone to exploring Scotland.
This guide shows some of the sights and attractions around Glasgow using virtual tours linked to a map of Glasgow. With each panorama is some local travel information, helping you explore Glasgow as you plan your trip. This virtual tour will continue to expand in the future.
Glasgow - Tourist AttractionsThis Glasgow map shows virtual tours of some of the attractions in Glasgow. Some of the top tourist attractions in Glasgow include:
- Barras Market - where over 1000 traders gather at the weekend selling all kinds of bric-à-brac, food, clothing and other wares.
- Bellahouston Park - extensive park with formal gardens and open parkland in which to relax and take in views over the city and beyond.
- House for an Art Lover - set in Bellahouston Park this house, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is one of the top attractions both for visitors and for weddings.
- Burrell Collection - over 8000 works of art donated to Glasgow by Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) with objects from the Neolithic era onwards.
- Glasgow Cathedral of St Mungo - second largest church in Scotland built between the 14th and 15th centuries.
- George Square - important Victorian civic square in Glasgow overlooked by 12 important statues.
- City Chambers - 19th century building with an impressive loggia, the staircase finished with Breccia and Carrara marble and a banqueting room with some marvellous barrel vaulting.
- McLellan Galleries - important galleries with fine collection of Scottish art.
- >Willow Tea Room - refurbished tea rooms first opened by Catherine Cranston in 1902.
- Glasgow Science Centre & Tower & IMAX - recent development to promote science and technology.
- Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery - substantial collection of art donated by William Hunter to Glasgow University in 1783.
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - newly refurbished museum containing everything from decorative arts to archaeology and the natural world.
- The Lighthouse - the first, dedicated, national centre for architecture and design in Scotland opened by HM Queen Elizabeth in July 1999.
- Museum Of Transport - housed in Kelvin Hall, the Glasgow Transport Museum is one of the most popular of it's kind in the UK.
- Pollok House and Country Park - 18th century mansion house full of art in the midst of the Pollok Estate, home to the Maxwell family since the mid-13th century.
- Argyll Forest Park - national park with over 180miles of trails and tracks. Loch Lomond - a short distance north of Glasgow, one of the most famous lochs in Scotland.
- Loch Long - popular sea loch to the northeast of Glasgow.