Glasgow’ means ‘dear green place’, recognising the fact that Glasgow has over 90 parks and open spaces, more than any other city its size. Many of them contain some of the city’s main galleries and attractions, facilities for recreational activities, and many fine examples of Victorian sculpture.
Kelvingrove Park contains the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Galleries, the restored Stewart Memorial Fountain and one of the finest bronze statue collections in Europe. Glasgow Green contains the impressive Winter Gardens and the People’s Palace Museum, the restored Doulton Fountain, Nelson’s Column, the MacLennan Arch, the Glasgow Green Football Academy and much more. Among the other parks to see are the Queen’s Park, the exotic Victorian Kibble Palace in Botanic Gardens, Victoria Park’s Fossil Grove, a fascinating display of fossilised tree trunks more than 300 million years old, the House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park, and the Tollcross Park.
Glasgow is one of UK’s most visited cities. The city welcomes 3 million tourists from all over the world each year that are drawn by its wealth of cultural attractions and activities. The city that hosted ‘The Great Exhibitions’ of 1888 and 1901, and was designated ‘European City of Culture’ 1990, has a vast multitude of entertainment venues and events. These include the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Citizen’s Theatre, plus many many more.
Residents and visitors from around the UK and overseas are drawn to the city’s expanding shopping outlets. Shopping malls like the chic and trendy Princes Square, the enormous St Enoch Centre, Sauchiehall Street Centre, the historical Argyle Arcade, and the Buchanan Galleries.
Edinburgh is the capital and cultural centre for over 500 years. Described as “Athens of the North”, the famous festival city boasts of Doric columns on Calton Hill, a wide choice of museums and art galleries as well as other historical marvels. Edinburgh actually consists of two cities. The castle set on a high basalt rock dominates the densely populated old town, with a labyrinth of narrow valleys, rows of houses and backyards. The famous “Royal Mile” links the castle with the Palace of Holyrood house. The Georgian new town, itself a masterpiece of town planning from the 18th century, is characterized by grand squares, wide avenues and elegant facades.