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Glasgow City Guide Hotels Accommodation and Travel Information

Glasgow. Pop. 599,650. Currency – UK Pound. Language English. Time Zone GMT + 0 hours. Airport – Glasgow International GLA. Best time to go – all year round due to activities and events throughout the year, especially Celtic Connections Festival which runs during the last two weeks of January. Glasgow is the largest city in the country of Scotland and can trace its origin back to the 6th century when it was founded by the Christian missionary Saint Mungo. The name Glasgow comes from the Gaelic Glas chu which translates literally as "green hollow"; over time this has become adapted to mean "dear green place" which is often used as a nickname for the city. Using the strategic location on the River Clyde with good access to the Atlantic the city developed as a trading centre and by the 16th Century and later Glasgow was handling Caribbean sugar, North American Tobacco and Cotton. By the later 18th Century the River Clyde was dredged and larger shipping could access much of the city riverbanks – and heavy industry such as ship-building expanded in the 19th and early 20th Centuries – ‘Clyde Built’ became synonymous with quality and reliability. Indeed, industrial and economic activity became so productive that Glasgow was accorded the title "the Second City of the Empire" and the city became one of the richest in the world. Successful merchants invested their money in grand buildings, parks, museums, libraries, and a public transport system – visitors to Glasgow should take a walk round the impressive George Square or down Buchanan Street to see examples of the architecture built during the industrial revolution. However the city didn’t escape the Great Depression during the 1920’s and industrial decline was to follow. Since the 1980’s the city has gone through significant transition and Glasgow has seen growth in a number of non-traditional economic sectors including - financial and business services, communications, biosciences, creative industries, healthcare, higher education, retail and tourism. The city is also famous for its two main football teams – Celtic and Rangers historically referred to as ‘The Old Firm’, and Glasgow is home to Hampden Park where most of the Scottish Football team games are played.

Glasgow Hotels Accommodation near George Square a City Chambers Queen Street and Central Railway Stations Visitors to Glasgow who are lost will be invariably assisted by a citizen or Glaswegian, and the city has a reputation for its friendly locals affectionately known as Weegies. The city has plenty of attractions for visitors including - Glasgow Cathedral, City Chambers, Glasgow School of Art, Mitchell Library, Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow University, Burrell Collection, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Police Museum, Glasgow Science Centre, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, People's Palace and Winter Gardens, Botanic Gardens, Kelvingrove Park to name but a few. Lastly but by no means least mention must be made of the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, and was widely recognized as one of the most successful Games in the history of the event. The picture opposite shows George Square with The City Chambers, and there are many quality Glasgow Hotels within walking distance of these attractions.

Glasgow Hotels Rooms and Lodging
The image opposite highlights two engineering structures from Glasgow one old and one new. The old is represented by the Finnieston Crane or Stobcross Crane - a disused giant cantilever crane. It is no longer operational, but is retained as a iconic symbol of the city's engineering fame. The crane was used for loading cargo, especially steam locomotives, for export around the globe.
The new is represented by the Clyde Arc, a road bridge which crosses the River Clyde and connects the SECC on the north bank with Pacific Quay and Glasgow Science Centre on the south. Due in part to it's curved structure and angled way it crosses the river it is affectionately referred to as the 'Squinty Bridge' by Glaswegians.

Glasgow Hotels Accommodation near SECC Pacific Quay and Glasgow Science Centre and Squinty Bride over River Clyde


Some Weegie Phrases - Glaswegian > English
Dolly - foolish, idiotic or stupid
Pish
- anything that is generally not good
Done a bunk - to escape or flee from a situation under suspicious circumstances
hoachin' - busy or full of
Gallus - someone who has a sense of arrogance
Swatch - to have a brief look at
Geein me the boak - when something makes you feel sick
Floater - used to describe an item of food 'floating' around your drink after you have eaten
Skelped - a word used to describe slapping someone
Wired tae the moon - It is used to describe someone who is crazy or eccentric
Ginger - commonly used to describe fizzy juice
Bevy sesh - used to describe drinking a lot of alcohol over a small period of time or binge drinking
A piece - a sandwich


Grand Central Hotel - Glasgow Scotland
Located within the International Finance District, this much-loved historic hotel is the ideal place to stay whether in Glasgow for sightseeing, shopping, business, or visiting the theater. Grand Central Hotel features Champagne Central, the magnificent champagne and cocktail bar overlooking Central Station, and the Tempus Bar and Restaurant serving the best in locally sourced Scottish food.

Blythswood Square Hotel - Glasgow Scotland
This large hotel is situated in the busy Grafton Street area
nestled in the heart of Glasgow City Center, Blythswood Square Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Glasgow. The city center is merely 0.7 Miles away and the airport can be reached within 11 minutes. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Grand Central Hotel 99 Gordon St Glasgow City Centre Scotland G1 3SF Click for Deals Parking and Christmas Bookings

Blythswood Square Hotel Glasgow City Center G2 4AD Click for Spa Deals Parking Afternoon Tea and Restaurant


Glasgow City Links:

Glasgow - Wikipedia
Glasgow (Scots: Glesga; Scottish Gaelic: Glaschu) is the largest city in Scotland, and the third largest in the United Kingdom (after London and Birmingham). Greater Glasgow had a population of 1,199,629 at the 2001 census. At the 2011 census, it had a population density of 8,790/sq mi (3,390/km2), the highest of any Scottish city. It is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are referred to as Glaswegians.

Glasgow - Wikitravel
Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, with a population of about 600,000 in the city itself, or over 2 million if the surrounding towns of the Clydeside conurbation are taken into account. Located at the west end of Scotland's Central Belt on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow's historical importance as Scotland's main industrial centre has been challenged by decades of change and various regeneration efforts. The third largest city in the entire United Kingdom (by population), it remains one of the nation's key economic centres outside London.

2014 Commonwealth Games - Wikipedia
The 2014 Commonwealth Games (officially the XX Commonwealth Games) were held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014. It was the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland with around 4,950 athletes from 71 different nations and territories competing in 18 different sports, outranking the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Over the last 10 years, however, Glasgow and Scotland had staged World, Commonwealth, European, or British events in all sports proposed for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, including the World Badminton Championships in 1997. The Games received acclaim for their organisation, attendance, and the public enthusiasm of the people of Scotland, with Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper hailing them as "the standout games in the history of the movement".

People Make Glasgow - Official Guide to the City of Glasgow
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) is the official destination marketing organisation (DMO) for the city of Glasgow.
As a public / private organisation established by Glasgow City Council in 2005, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau's role is to communicate Glasgow's reputation as a world-class city in which to live, work, study, invest and visit. As custodian of the PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW brand, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau works with numerous partners, stakeholders and businesses to position and promote Glasgow across national and international markets as one of Europe's most vibrant, dynamic and diverse cities.

Glasgow Patter - Wikipedia
The Glasgow patter, or Glaswegian, is a Scots dialect spoken in and around Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to local West Mid Scots, the dialect has Highland English and Hiberno-English influences, owing to the speech of Highlanders and Irish people, who migrated in large numbers to the Glasgow area in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Finnieston Crane - Wikipedia
The Finnieston Crane or Stobcross Crane is a disused giant cantilever crane in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland. It is no longer in working order, but is retained as a symbol of the city's engineering heritage. The crane was used for loading cargo, in particular steam locomotives, onto ships to be exported around the world.. It is one of four such cranes on the River Clyde, a fifth one having been demolished in 2007, and one of only eleven giant cantilever cranes remaining worldwide.
Clyde Arc - Wikipedia
The Clyde Arc (known locally as the Squinty Bridge), is a road bridge spanning the River Clyde in Glasgow, in west central Scotland, connecting Finnieston, near the Clyde Auditorium and SECC with Pacific Quay and Glasgow Science Centre in Govan. A prominent feature of the bridge is its innovative curved design and the way that it crosses the river at an angle. The Arc is the first city centre traffic crossing over the river built since the Kingston Bridge was opened to traffic in 1969.
Rangers F.C. - Wikipedia
Rangers Football Club are a football club in Glasgow, Scotland, which currently plays in the Scottish Championship, the second tier of the Scottish Professional Football League. Their home ground, Ibrox Stadium, is in the south-west of the city.
Celtic F.C. - Wikipedia
The Celtic Football Club are a professional football club based in Glasgow, Scotland who play in the Scottish Premiership. The club was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow.
Glasgow City Council - Official Site
The local government body that runs the City of Glasgow - the council comprises 79 councillors representing 21 electoral wards. The civic leader of the council is the Lord Provost who is elected to convene (chair) the council and perform associated tasks as a general civil leader. 

University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow is a major research-led university operating in an international context with the following fundamental aims: 1). to provide education through the development of learning in a research environment. 2). to undertake fundamental, strategic and applied research. 3). to make a major contribution to local, regional, national and international communities through widening access and through working in partnership to support economic regeneration. 4). to sustain and add value to Scottish culture, to the natural environment and to the national economy.

The Glasgow Story
As told by some of Scotland's best writers, and illustrated with thousands of images from the collections of the city's world-famous libraries, museums and universities. From football to fashions, Auchenshuggle to Yoker, you'll find it all here. TheGlasgowStory tells the story of Glasgow in words and pictures. You can begin by reading our introductions to six historical periods (click on a period name above), and following the links to read about the themes and topics that interest you most.


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