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- Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, has been in rapid ascent since the late 20th century. Its reputation for excellence as a conference, meetings and events destination was born in 1990, when Glasgow became the UK’s first European Capital of Culture. This accolade was followed by the huge success of Glasgow 2014 – the 20th Commonwealth Games, an enormous international sporting event.
- The city’s ongoing investment in its convention and conferencing capability, demonstrates a long-term commitment to hosting successful events. Exciting new developments continuously add new layers of dynamism to a city already considered one of the UK’s most happening places.
- The Scottish Events Campus (SEC) boasts Glasgow’s flagship venue ‘The Armadillo’, a modern icon. SEC is the UK's largest integrated conference and exhibition centre, with five interconnected exhibition halls, a 12,500-seat National Arena and a suite of meeting rooms.
- Beyond SEC the Clyde Waterfront has numerous attractions for business and leisure activities. These include, Glasgow Science Centre, which is one of Scotland's most popular attractions and includes the Science Mall, Glasgow Tower and Planetarium, among many other attractions.
Getting to and from Glasgow is simple. It has two international airports offering direct flights to more than 100 worldwide destinations. The city is also served by two railway stations, with a fast connection to Edinburgh from Glasgow Queen Street, which takes just over 50 minutes. There are also frequent direct trains to London, Manchester and Birmingham.
Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music and widely celebrated as a national cultural and creative hub. In Glasgow, hundreds of cutting-edge productions of high-energy musical styles buzz alongside the Scottish Opera, National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Ballet. Glasgow also has over 20 free museums and art galleries.
Glasgow city centre offers a proud example of grandiose Victorian architecture at its best, reflecting the city’s bold character. Among the city’s inspiring buildings is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of Glasgow’s finest attractions – perfect for hosting receptions and banquets in a beautiful and historical setting. In addition, the City Halls is optimised for presentations and seminars and accommodates more than 900 delegates.
Shopping is a treat in Glasgow. One of the UK’s finest city centre shopping areas is squeezed into the area known as Glasgow’s ‘Style Mile’. This retail-rich strip consists of chic Princes Square, Suachiehall Street, Buchanan Street and the ‘Merchant City’ district. The city also boasts a fine dining scene, with a wide variety of renowned restaurants and bars, including Ox and Finch and The Gannet.
Travel a short distance beyond the confines of the city to be greeted by beautiful green countryside, rich with wildlife and bursting with opportunities for rural pursuits and thrilling days out. There’s a wealth of fascinating history to discover around Glasgow and no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore along the path of the River Clyde.
For expert help organising your event in Glasgow, contact Glasgow City Marketing