Visit Glasgow - home to top-level Scottish Premier League teams - Celtic F.C. and Rangers F.C.! Bustling Glasgow is Scotland's biggest city, known for being a center of commerce, culture and the arts, fine dining and top club scene. Top attractions include the Burrell Collection, Gallery of Modern Art, Sharmanka Gallery and Workshop, People's Palace and Winter Gardens, Lighthouse, Barras, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow Cathedral amd Glasgow School of Art.
During the past few decades Glasgow, the UK's fourth largest city, has re-invented itself from a rather economically depressed post-war industrial centre to a modern metropolis with a thriving art and culture scene, which has earned it accolades like the 'European City of Culture' title in 1990 and 'City of Architecture' in 1999. In days of yore Glasgow depended on shipbuilding and engineering for its wealth; the city fell into decline in the mid-20th century with poverty and unemployment rife.
Prosperity has returned, riding on the back of 21st century technology, and it is the hub of Scottish film, theatre, writing, music and design that has captured worldwide attention. The city has more than 20 galleries and museums to complement the architectural heritage of architects like Alexander Thomson, renowned for his classical designs, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, master of art nouveau.
The youthful, progressive atmosphere of the reborn Glasgow is encouraged by its large student population, spawned by four universities and several colleges, and reflected in the numerous lively restaurants, pubs and attractive shopping precincts. Tourists find plenty to see and do in this city on the River Clyde, and can also use it as a base to explore the surrounding countryside that boasts some of Scotland's most scenic mountains, glens, lochs and coastline.