Destination Guide > Glasgow
Host city for the XX Commonwealth Games in 2014, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, the third largest city in the United Kingdom and the first UK destination to be named a European Capital of Culture by the European Union. It is also one of the UK’s key economic centres outside of London.
Glasgow has firmly established itself as one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan destinations, has branded itself as “Glasgow: Scotland with Style” and has been named “the UK’s hippest and most happening city” by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Getting There & Around
Glasgow International Airport (airport code: GLA) is located 8 miles west of Glasgow city centre and is the main airport with direct long haul and transatlantic links into Scotland.
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport (airport code: PIK) is located 34 miles south west of Glasgow city centre and is the main hub for several low cost carriers.
Glasgow Central Station is located 0.5 mile from the city centre
Queen Street Station is located 0.5 mile from the city centre
Meetings & Events
Located in the heart of Glasgow, the venue offers an integrated conference and exhibition facility with 22,355m2 of flexible events space in five halls, ranging in size from 775m2 to 10,065m2. SECC will improve its offering with the soon to open 12,500 seater SSE Hydro Arena. Once completed, Glasgow will be the only destination in Europe to have such a purpose built exhibition centre, conference centre and arena on one site.
Glasgow offers fantastic selection of stylish accommodation to suit all budgets; from luxury 5 star hotels and city centre apartments to guesthouses and B&Bs.
Renowned as one the most vibrant dining scenes in the UK after London, Glasgow has restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world.
With a huge choice designer boutiques, department stores and smaller independents shops, Glasgow is a shopper’s paradise and is home to the second largest shopping centre in the UK.