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A Snapshot into.. Glasgow

  • March 16, 2020

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, located on the River Clyde in the Scottish Western lowlands, renowned for its art, architecture and culture. Glasgow is the UK’s 3rd largest city by population, with 598,830 inhabitants.

Facts About Glasgow

  • The Glasgow Cathedral is the most complete medieval cathedral on the Scottish Mainland.
  • Fossil Grove in Glasgow’s Victoria Park has trees that are twice as old as dinosaurs. Eleven extinct fossilized trees date back 330 million years to a time when Glasgow’s climate was warm and humid.
  • The Glasgow Tower is the only structure on Earth that has the ability to rotate 360 degrees into prevailing wind and it holds the Guinness World Record for tallest fully rotating freestanding structure in the world.
  • Glasgow’s underground railway system, often referred to as the ‘Clockwork Orange’ because of its colour, is the 3rd oldest underground railway system in the world.
  • Famous people to come from Glasgow include Billy Connolly, Sir Alex Ferguson, Peter Capaldi, Charles Mackintosh, John Barrowman and Andy Murray.
  • Glasgow was rated the top place for concerts in the UK outside of London, with eight venues in the Top 100 list of places to watch gigs.

Cost of Living in Glasgow

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle





Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Glasgow to Cities in the UK


Time it Takes to Travel


 4 Hours 39 Minutes


 6 Hours 4 Minutes


 6 Hours 27 Minutes


 3 Hours 19 Minutes


 2 Hours 30 Minutes


 4 Hours 20 Minutes


 3 Hours 30 Minutes


 48 Minutes

Education in Glasgow

Glasgow currently has 149 Primary Schools, 36 Secondary Schools and 41 ASL (Additional Support for Learning) Schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Glasgow City Council Education website here.

Glasgow hosts three world class universities within a three-mile radius, The Univeresity of Glasgow, The University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow Caledonian University, all with renowned international student support systems. The Universities are proud of their diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 120 different countries.

Things to do in Glasgow:

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most magnificent buildings and the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. The wonderful architecture of the Cathedral speaks for itself and is to be enjoyed by anyone who visits it. Full tours of the Cathedral and Historical guides are available, with events often running on a weekly basis.

Botanic Gardens

Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens are located din the heart of thee city’s West End, containing a variety of plant collections, woodlands and riverside walks as well as the famous Kibble Palace. Kibble Palace is an amazing glass structure with a heated greenhouse, exotic plants and a variety of marble statues.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular free attractions and features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects. The attraction welcomes families and is also home to a restaurant, café and gift shop.

Famous Football Venues

Glasgow is home to the most successful football team in the world, in regards to domestic league championships, Rangers FC. The home of Rangers FC, is Ibrox Stadium, found in Glasgow, the third largest football stadium in Scotland with an all-seated capacity of 50, 817. Also found in Glasgow, with a capacity of 60,411, Celtic Park is the largest football stadium in Scotland, and the eighth-largest stadium in the United Kingdom. Hampden park is the normal home venue of the Scotland national football team and Scottish League Two club Queen's Park.

The West End

The West End of Glasgow features some of the most unique and exciting retail and dining locations in the city. The West End boasts the largest collection of unique and original traders in the city whilst offering a superb variety of food, from Italian, Indian, Belgian, Vietnamese to Spanish and Scottish cuisine. This busy hub is perfect for both family and friends with cinemas, museums, hotels and restaurants galore.

Relocation to Glasgow

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References (2020). 11 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Glasgow. [online] Available at: [Accessed 5 Mar. 2020]. (2020). Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow – Parks. [online] Available at: [Accessed 5 Mar. 2020]. (2020). THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Glasgow - 2020 (with Photos) | Tripadvisor - Must See Attractions in Glasgow, Scotland. [online] Available at: [Accessed 5 Mar. 2020]. 2020. Cathedral Welcome. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 9 March 2020].


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