Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, and offers the best of both worlds. It is a distinctly cosmopolitan city with beautiful architecture, world class conference venues and numerous cultural attractions; combined with some of the world's most breathtaking scenery just half an hour away. That's why the Lonely Planet's Best in Travel named it one of the 'top ten must see cities in the world'.
Glasgow regularly attracts more international delegates than any other UK city (International Congress and Convention Association).
Glasgow has been awarded the title of 'European City of the Year' based on the city's tremendous friendliness, local character, commercial success, sustainability and commitment to protecting the best of its built heritage (Academy of Urbanism, 2011).
City of Culture
Glasgow has long been established as Scotland's foremost cultural centre. It is home to the Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Ballet and several world rated theatre companies. In 1990, it was named the European City of Culture and in 1999 it was honoured as the UK's City of Architecture and Design.
City of Architecture
Around the city there are numerous reminders of Glasgow's impressive architectural heritage including some of the finest Victorian architecture in Europe. A 'must see' is the Art Nouveau splendour of Scotland's best known architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose inimitable style adorns attractions such as The Lighthouse, Glasgow School of Art, and House for an Art Lover.
City of Research
Glasgow is renowned as a world-leading research city with three universities: University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University. The city is home to great invention, from the development of penicillin to the first long distance television transmission. Glasgow is also the home of Europe's largest cancer treatment and research centre, as well as the leading veterinary research facility in the UK.