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 Edinburgh as Scotland's largest city, and was amongst the largest and wealthiest in all of Europe.