Glasgow is one of Europe’s most dynamic cultural capitals. Steeped in culture, rich in history and alive with an excitement you can sense as you walk through its elegant Victorian streets, squares, parks and gardens.
City of culture
Glasgow is home to Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet and several world rated theatre companies − and blazes an internationally acclaimed trail in contemporary art, design and music. It is a UNESCO City of Music, with 130 music events each week and a variety of festivals, events and exhibitions taking place throughout the year, such as Celtic Connections and the Glasgow International Jazz Festival.
City of architecture
Art and architecture in Glasgow are synonymous with the art nouveau splendour of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, − found at The Lighthouse, Glasgow School of Art, and House for an Art Lover. New developments − such as the breath-taking Riverside Museum by Zaha Hadid − have added a truly modern twist to the city’s landscape.
City of research
Glasgow’s three universities − University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University − are renowned for their world-leading research. The city is home to great invention, from penicillin to long distance television transmission. It’s also home to Europe’s largest cancer treatment and research centre, and the leading veterinary research facility in the UK. The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, one of the largest hospital complexes in Europe was opened in 2015.
Glasgow’s Maritime & Shipbuilding History
Glasgow shipbuilding and marine engineering industries heritage reaching back to 1768 with the building and launch of Europe’s first sea-going steam ship. The shipbuilding industry in Glasgow also created iconic ships such as The Cutty Sark, RMS Queen Mary and HMS Britannia. Although shipbuilding has declined Glasgow still remains a leading world centre for commercial ship management and Scotland continues to be the main source of officers for the UK Merchant Navy.