City Guide


City Overview

About the City

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. It is a city with a lot of pride in its history of industrial prowess and creative contribution.

Economy and Employment

Glasgow is referred to as the economic powerhouse of Scotland. The main sectors which contribute to its economy are; low carbon industries, life sciences, engineering, design and manufacturing and financial and business services. The city is at the forefront of low carbon developments offering a culture of innovation to renewable energy companies. The city region also provides access to specialised facilities and expertise in the life science sector including bioinformatics and drug discovery.


There is an efficient public transport system in Glasgow. The simplest way to travel around the city is by hopping on the subway which completes an entire city circuit in less than 25 minutes. There are train services available to Edinburgh and the north of Scotland. If you’d like to get somewhere qucik in the city then hail a distinctive black Glasgow Taxi.


Glasgow is home to 3 universities. These are the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde.


Glasgow’s city centre and Glasgow’s Style Mile, are a shopper’s paradise with shops on offer for every style, look and budget. Glasgow is also the home to several established and emerging designers and brands. If you head to the pedestrianised main shopping street, Buchanan Street, you will find the the favourite high street and high-end brands. You will also have the opportunity to browse the amazing shopping centres and premium department stores.

Leisure and Recreation

Glasgow is a booming city with exciting things to explore around every corner. Whether you’re here for a long period of time or just for a short city break you will be spoilt for choice for how to spend your time here. From Glasgow Cathedral to the Gallery of Modern Art, this city is home to every kind of art and culture imaginable, all waiting to be explored. You can also take in the city from a higher viewing point by taking an open top city bus passing all the key landmarks and attractions. There are endless ways to spend your evenings between the superb nightlife and some incredible restaurants and pubs hidden within the city.


Glasgow is packed with an array of accommodations, especially in the city centre. With the vast range of options to fit every style, taste, and budget you are guaranteed to find a hotel that will be the ideal addition to your brilliant trip. If you don’t want to stay in a hotel, there are also guesthouses and B&Bs available, all of which will give you a warm Glaswegian welcome.

City Key Facts & Figures





GVA (Billions)

£ 19,327


Working Population



Employment Rate


Top 5 Business Sectors in Glasgow


Business Count by Size (%)

Glasgow Business Count by Size

Key Employers

Employment by Occupation (%)


Local Transport

  • Glasgow Airport
  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport
  • Main Roads: M74, A74, M8
  • Glasgow Central Station
  • Glasgow Argyle Street
  • Glasgow High Street
  • Glasgow Queen’s Park
  • Tram Service


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