Escorted Rail Tours to Glasgow
One of Europe's most important industrial cities
Straddling the River Clyde, the sprawling metropolis of Glasgow
is one of Europe's most popular destinations. It is a lively centre
of vitality and style, complemented by the backdrop of its rich
history and outstanding Victorian architecture. The city's
beginnings can be traced back to ancient times, when it was first
settled as a convenient ford on the river. After its cathedral was
established Glasgow was granted a 'burgh' status, meaning it could
expand further with certain trading monopolies.
Glasgow continued to thrive for centuries, and with the Act of
Union with England in 1707, Scotland gained trading access to the
British Empire. The city was in an ideal position to capitalise on
many types of freight, in particular the tobacco coming in from
mainland Europe and America. A huge influx of wealth came to
Glasgow; by the time of the Industrial Revolution it had overtaken
Scotland's largest city, and was amongst the largest and wealthiest
in all of Europe.
More about Glasgow
Modern-day Glasgow has much to recommend it, and the following
are just a few suggestions for what you can see during your time
Along with nearby Sauchiehall Street, this is the core of Glasgow's
rich retail centre. The street is also noted for its impeccable
Victorian architecture, and as a hub of lively street entertainers.
Amongst the impressive buildings lining the sloping street is the
popular Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Willow Tea Rooms
Situated on Sauchiehall Street, this pretty building is one of
celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh's most popular
works. The Glasgow-born designer had a great deal of input into the
tea rooms - not just the mirrored friezes and silver furniture, but
right down to the waitresses' uniforms. Opened in 1903, the tea
rooms have been one of Glasgow's best-loved attractions ever
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Boasting one of Europe's greatest art collections, the Kelvingrove
Art Gallery & Museum is the most popular free attraction in
Scotland. Housed in a magnificent building, it includes pieces by
Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Dalí. It also features a fine collection of
natural history exhibits and armour displays.