Glasgow plays host to a large range of top rated universities and colleges; particularly impressive when you consider it’s size. It has a world-renowned art school, opera school, piping school and is home to Scottish Ballet, National Theatre Scotland and Scottish Opera. It boasts some of the best shopping in Europe, and enjoys the slogan ‘the dear green place’, attributed to its many beautiful parks, woodlands walks and of course the Victorian Botanical Gardens.
The city’s Victorian and georgian architects were the first to use the Grid system, whereby all streets run in blocks and squares (like New York), making navigation really easy, and it’s history in architecture and design has inspired generations. The world watched the emergence of the arts and crafts movement in early 1900s, from its nucleus in Glasgow, and was inspired in particular, by the unique and innovative style and design of the work of Charles Rene Mackintosh. The city is littered with the finest examples of his works, from architecture to furniture, from paintings to interiors.
From art deco cinemas to arthouse cinema, Glasgow science centre to Cineworld, which boasts the world’s tallest cinema, (a record 60metres high and in the Guinness book of records), Glasgow does not disappoint. The annual Glasgow Film festival, the third biggest in the UK, takes place every year and Glasgow has been used as locations for several blockbuster movies ‘World War Z’, starring Brad Pitt and ‘Cloud Atlas’, starring Halle Berry.
Glasgow draws interest from all over the world in a way that a city three times it’s size could not.