A European City of Culture and an adaptation pioneer

The ‘dear green place’ which played a central part in the development of the steam engine, and helped begin the industrial revolution of the 19th century.

Now emerging from a history of heavy manufacturing and shipbuilding, Glasgow was the European Capital of Culture 1990, and its vibrant cultural economy is a key focus of its ongoing regeneration. With a regional population of over a 1.8 million people (the largest in Scotland), and situated in the Clyde river valley, it experiences diverse range of social, economic and environmental risks and opportunities as a result of climate change.

Where to stay

Glasgow is an international city, with a range of accommodation to suit all style and budgets. However, hotel rooms tend to book up quickly due the number of events and activities taking place. We recommend you book early to guarantee availability at your preferred hotel.

Best available rates can be found using People Make Glasgow ( link):

Explore culture in Glasgow

With 183 cultural institutions and organisations across performing and visual arts, museums, libraries and festivals among others, venues range in age from 5 – 263 years old. In 2015/16, there were over 15 million attendances at cultural performances, exhibitions, libraries and cinemas.

In 1990, Glasgow was designated European City of Culture, becoming the standard of culture-led regeneration in the UK and wider Europe, with increased space for arts communities and individuals.

Glasgow is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Music, and is recognised by the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor for its ‘Openness, Tolerance & Trust’, particularly around its tolerance of diversity and mutual trust among inhabitants.

Explore green spaces and climate action

Meaning “Dear Green Place” in Gaelic, Glasgow really does live up to its name. The city has over 90 parks and gardens to explore, with many housing some of the city’s top attractions. So whether you’re looking for a place to relax, woodland walks, beautiful viewpoints of the city, or somewhere to spot a Highland cow, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Glasgow is also home to a significant amount of sustainability and climate-related initiatives and organisations. It’s described by many as the UK capital of vegan food (ranging from haute cuisine to junk food) and is easily explored by low-carbon, sustainable travel!

Explore wider Scotland

As well as being a major urban hub, Glasgow is also the gateway to exploring Scotland. Under an hour from the city centre lie stunning lochs and beaches, impressive castles, golf courses and whisky distilleries.

Glasgow is the ideal jumping off point to discover all that Scotland has to offer. Most places can be reached by bike, public transport, train or by electric hire car.