Glasgow is regularly named among the top destinations to visit in the UK and it’s easy to see why. Scotland’s second largest city might not be the capital—that’s Edinburgh, on the east coast—but it’s certainly a capital of culture. Glasgow is known for its vibrant creative arts and music scene, as well as some of the best restaurants, lounges, and live music venues in the world.
Glasgow city center, known as the Merchant City, is home to some the best places to eat, drink, and shop in Europe, including an impressive shopping mall, the St. Enoch Centre. There are markets, museums, and art galleries everywhere, including the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and lots of traditional eateries offering a warming ambience when the weather gets chilly. These cozy nooks are also good spots to try local dishes, such as haggis with "tatties and neaps" (potatoes and turnips) and cock-a-leekie (chicken and leek) soup.
One of the finest Victorian cities in Great Britain, Glasgow is rich in history, too. You can stroll along the River Clyde and soak up Glasgow’s maritime past before stopping along the waterfront for a coffee. For sports fans, Glasgow is home to not one but two historic soccer teams—Celtic and the Rangers—who participate in one of the oldest and greatest rivalries in club soccer, the Old Firm derby.
This passion extends beyond the sporting arena: the city is proud of its past and its traditions, but is also looking ahead to the future. And as brilliant as the place is, it’s really the people who make Glasgow. Scots are nothing if not convivial, and Glaswegians bring a charm that’s as unique as it is appealing.