Living in Glasgow

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As one of the most popular cities in the UK – being the country’s 6th most populous city as of 2023 – when it comes to finding fun things to do, in Glasgow, you’ll never be short of options.

Part of the charm of living in Glasgow is the city’s passion for showcasing the creative skills of its many residents. There’s a warm and supportive feel to Glasgow where everyone feels there’s a space for them regardless of what interests they have, whether they have a passion for ballet or opera, football or history, the visual arts or academia.

Indeed, it’s the city’s cultural diversity that’s has proven to be one of its biggest strengths, having been the recipient of several awards over the years including being named the UK’s best cultural and creative city in 2019.

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Finding the Best Shows in Glasgow

Because of Glasgow’s wonderfully eclectic nature, it can be difficult to narrow down our recommendations to just one or two venues – which is a lovely problem to have.

In terms of theatre shows, in Glasgow you’ll find over 20 renowned theatres, each with their own unique merits.

Popular theatres in the city include the likes of the Theatre Royal (home to both the national Scottish Opera and Ballet companies), the Pavilion Theatre, King’s Theatre, Tron Theatre, and several others.

Glasgow is also home to several well-regarded performance schools including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Performance Academy. However, Glasgow isn’t just known for its stage shows. One of the most famous cinemas in the world is situated in Glasgow too– the Cineworld on Renfrew Street.

Considered the world’s tallest cinema (as of 2022), this famous Glaswegian cinema stands at an impressive 203 feet and can sit over 4000 viewers across its 18 screens.

Popular Events in Glasgow

There are a number of concerts held in Glasgow throughout the year, with many of these concentrated in globally recognised venues like the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the 02 Academy in Glasgow.

Glasgow is also known for hosting several festivals throughout the year, helping it stand out from other popular European cities that tend to have peak festival periods like over the summer months.

These include festivals like the Merchant City Festival, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, and even the World Pipe Band Championships!

Glasgow is one of those rare cities that truly never sleeps.

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A City that Encourages the Curious

Glasgow boasts an enviable number of expansive museums and galleries including the likes of the Burrell Collection Museum (featuring the eclectic selection of artwork collected by famed art lover, Sir William Burrell, over his lifetime), the Lighthouse Museum of Architecture and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a massive museum which contains everything from taxidermy exhibits to Ancient Egyptian artefacts.

Glasgow is also home to the Mitchell Library – one of Europe’s largest public libraries – with over a million items in stock.

Shopping in Glasgow

There are two main shopping centres in Glasgow; there’s the Buchanan Galleries, situated between Sauchiehall Street and Buchanan Street, and there’s the St Enoch Centre on Argyle Street.

Both shopping centres feature an extensive selection of popular department stores, with the Buchanan Galleries also containing a Sainsbury’s, whilst the St Enoch Centre contains both a cinema and a Tesco’s.

Glasgow’s Buchanan Street is also home to the Style Mile – a stretch of Glasgow city centre famed for its slew of luxury designer stores and array of upmarket retailers.

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Getting Around Glasgow

Glasgow is one of the few cities in the UK that, like London, has an underground system. Indeed, the Glasgow Subway is the only metro service in the UK that is completely underground. This allows locals to get around Glasgow easily without fears of getting stuck in traffic.

Glasgow also has two national railway stations as well; the larger and busier Central Station – the busiest station in Scotland – and the slightly smaller Queen Street Station.

The more popular Central Station offers half-hourly services to London Euston as well as regular services to other notable UK cities like Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Plymouth, York, Preston, and Carlisle.

The less busy Queen Street station provides commuters with daily services to London Euston as well as several cities across Scotland.

The city also offers a reliable bus service, with Glasgow’s main bus terminal being the Buchanan Bus Station.

Glasgow also boasts 2 international airports: Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

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