Glasgow Area Guide

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Glasgow, Glasgow

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Living in Glasgow

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. Formerly an industrial city with a strong shipbuilding heritage, Glasgow has reinvented itself. It was the European City of Culture in 1990, the UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999, and the host of the Commonwealth Games in 2014. 

 

Glasgow is a friendly and diverse city, with much to offer its residents. Outstanding access to green and open space – both within the city and nearby – combined with world-class culture and entertainment and a wide range of employment options give it varied appeal. 

 

Getting around Glasgow is a breeze, with an Underground service as well as buses, and rail services connecting the city with the rest of the UK and beyond are also good. 

Ratings

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Community

Glasgow – like much of Scotland – is known to be a friendly place, where strangers may speak to each other in the street. 

 

There is a large student population in Glasgow, attending the historic university and three others, and a large arts and entertainment community – no surprise, considering that the city hosts the International Comedy Festival and an International Jazz Festival, among many others.

 

There is a wide array of small shops and markets in Glasgow, particularly concentrated in the West End, for residents who like to support local businesses.

Safety

Glasgow has suffered from a reputation for high rates of violent crime in recent years. However, crime rate in Glasgow has declined in recent years, with a 39% reduction in crime between 2004/2005 and 2014/2015 according to Understanding Glasgow. Still, the rate of overall crime in Glasgow is significantly higher than the Scottish average.

 

The city is known for the rivalry between the Celtics and the Rangers – Glasgow football teams – which can be very intense, and hearkens back to sectarian tensions that go centuries back.

Parking

Parking in Glasgow can be somewhat difficult, like in most cities, but there are a number of public car parks throughout.

 

The percentage of households in Glasgow with access to at least one car is just under 50%, according to the 2011 Census.

 

Road links in Glasgow are good, with the M8 running through the city and connecting it with the surrounding areas – however, this does create traffic congestion. 

Nightlife

Glasgow has a range of entertainment options that includes cultural offerings like free and celebrated museums and galleries, theatres, and cinemas as well as restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs of all varieties. The large student population in Glasgow helps ensure the nightlife offerings will stay fresh and varied.

Family Friendly

Glasgow has a wide range of property, and plenty of choice for people looking for a family home – from Victorian mansions to modern semi-detached homes, this is a good place to house a family.

 

The name Glasgow is said to derive from a Celtic phrase that means ‘the dear green place,’ and the city lives up to that name. There are 70 parks in Glasgow, and there is more green space per square mile here than in any other UK city. Surrounding the city are other renowned national parks, including Loch Lomond – the gateway to the Highlands. Sport grounds, golf courses, and sailing marinas are also easily found within a short distance from the city centre.

 

There is a wide selection of good state primary and secondary schools in Glasgow, including religious schools and bilingual Gaelic schools. There are also top-performing private schools. Several schools in East Renfrewshire, just outside Glasgow city, are among the best in Scotland. 

 

About 16% of the population of Glasgow is a child aged 0-15, which is slightly low for Glasgow. 

Pet Friendly

Property in Glasgow varies, and includes plenty of homes that are suitable for pets – from spacious tenement flats to modern semis.

 

The name Glasgow is said to derive from a Celtic phrase that means ‘the dear green place,’ and the city lives up to that name. There are 70 parks in Glasgow, and there is more green space per square mile here than in any other UK city. Surrounding the city are other renowned national parks, including Loch Lomond – the gateway to the Highlands.

Transport

Glasgow has an Underground subway service, nicknamed the Clockwork Orange for its circular route, and a bus network for getting around the city itself. It also has an extensive rail network, with main stations Glasgow Central and Queen Street, and additional stations at Argyle Street, High Street, and Charing Cross.

 

Road links in Glasgow are good, with the M8 running through the city and connecting it with the surrounding areas – however, this does create traffic congestion. 

 

Glasgow has its own international airport.