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The jewel in Scotland's crown
Glasgow in General
Member Name: Beggar James
Glasgow in General
Date: 03/08/01, updated on 03/08/01 (48 review reads)
Advantages: Great nightlife, great shopping, really friendly
I've been to and lived in various cities across the world: London, Sydney, New York, Paris, and yet still I feel that Glasgow is the greatest city of them all. No other city can offer its inhabitants and residents such a wide range of facilities, friendly faces and access to the stunning scottish countryside. Ignore the unfair comments made by some that Glasgow is a violent and dirty place and come visit the true jewel in the crown of Scotland.
What I like best about Glasgow is the way everything is centralised. The city centre basically takes around half an hour to walk from the Barras market to the top of Sauchiehall Street, and within this area are all the shops, pubs, clubs and beautiful architecture you could ever wish for.
In terms of shops, Glasgow has it all, from the big high street chain shops through to the independents. Most importantly for me, there are a number of excellent little clothing, video and record shops where all kinds of oddities can be picked up. Perhaps best of all, I have found that goods in Glasgow are oftern significantly cheaper than down South.
The nightlife in Glasgow is unsurpassed. With pubs and clubs and cinemas spread all across the city, when you are bored of Glasgow, you are bored of the world. There are a huge variety of pubs and clubs, which cater to all tastes, the young, the old, students, executives, it's all here. My favourite area would have to be towards the top of Sauchiehall Street, where there is a great concentration of excellent pubs, such as 'Nice 'n' Sleazys', 'The Gate' and my all time favourite bar, 'The Brunswick Cellars'. In terms of clubbing, Glasgow can boast a high number of venues, with a great range of music, from rock to rap to dance. Again, it's way cheaper to drink in Glasgow than anywhere down South, or indeed in Edinburgh, and Happy Hours are common in pretty much all of the bars.
I have always found the people to mu
ch friendlier in Glasgow. Unlike in other places, it's pretty usual to end up talking to complete strangers in the pubs. It's not to say that Glasgow is crime free, and like most cities, there are areas best avoided, and certain songs best left unsung. For some reason, whenever I tell people down South that i'm from Glasgow, their first reaction is that it's a violent, hardcore city full of drunkards. This is not the case at all, and in all my time in Glasgow I have wittnessed very few fights, and have certainly never felt threatened whilst walking the streets.
The city itself is truly magnificent. The architecture is stunning, and there are great sights to be seen such as George Square, Glasgow University and the Catherdral. Despite what some would have you believe, the city is reasonably clean, and it is not noticably polluted the way I have found many areas in London to be.
Another great thing about Glagsow is it's location regarding the rest of Scotland. From the city centre, you are only 30 minutes drive from the beautiful Loch Lommond, and it's a great starting place to explore the Scottish Highlands.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Glasgow as a great place to visit. Obviously, most tourists who come to Scotland will immediately head to Edinburgh to see the castle, the Royal Mile and so on. But if you don't come to Glasgow, you will be missing out on one of the most friendly and vibrant cities in the world.