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Life in Glasgow

Scotland’s largest city is known for its intricate Victorian architecture, its vibrant arts and music scene and buzzing nightlife. Residents also benefit from being close to Scotland’s many sites of natural beauty, featuring some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes.

“My favourite place in Glasgow is Kelvingrove Park. I go there with my friends to play football, have picnics and just hang out.”

Pedro from Brazil, 
BSc (Hons) Computing Science student 

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Glasgow culture 

There’s so much culture to explore in Glasgow. 

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Glasgow is a city that has something for everyone! 

Theatre and film

Glasgow is known as one of the top cultural and creative centres in the UK. It’s one of the UK’s great cinema cities, and it’s home to the annual Glasgow Film Festival. It has a thriving theatre scene, with the Citizen’s Theatre offering affordable ticket prices for students. There is also the stunning Cottiers Theatre, housed in a former church.

Museums, galleries and more…

There are over 20 museums and galleries in Glasgow. The Riverside Museum has a striking design, and contains objects and information related to Glasgow’s development in transport and technology. There is also the Glasgow Science Centre and The Lighthouse, which is a hub for Scotland’s design and architecture industries and has an impressive viewing platform looking over the city.

Music for all ears

Music is a way of life in Glasgow, one of only 12 UNESCO Cities of Music in the world. The city has around 130 live music events per week on average, covering every genre. These include the SSE Hydro, which is ranked in the top five best global arenas. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, based in Glasgow, are also an integral part of the city’s musical heritage.

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Izza’s favourite places in Glasgow
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This summer festival on Glasgow Green hosts some of the most popular artists from across the world and is one of the city’s biggest events. 

Glasgow Jazz Festival

A four-day festival dedicated to jazz, consisting of various concerts taking place across some of Glasgow’s best music venues.

Glasgow Botanical Gardens

Glasgow Botanical Gardens features several glasshouses, containing tropical plants, a herb garden and the UK’s national collection of tree ferns.

Pollok Park

As Glasgow’s largest park, its extensive woodlands and gardens are a great place to escape the city for a relaxing afternoon with friends.

Clydeside Distillery

Learn about Glasgow’s connection to the whisky industry at this traditional distillery, and witness the whisky-making process before trying some for yourself.

The Highlands

Travel from Glasgow to the beautiful Scottish Highlands, where you can visit famous sites from Loch Ness and Glencoe to Fort William.