Striving to prosperity from its humble origin as a countryside settlement along the River Clyde, Glasgow has now become the biggest city in Scotland and the biggest seaport in Britain. The city’s economy grew tremendously since the 18th century thanks to its trades and shipbuilding industry. Today, Glasgow is known for its architecture and arts scenes, and as an important cultural hub of Britain.
The currency accepted in Glasgow is the Pound Sterling (GBP). 1 GBP is equal to 11.74 HKD.
Several famous tourist destinations in Glasgow are:
Glasgow Cathedral:Also known as St Kentigern's or St Mungo's Cathedral, this is the seat of the Church of Scotland. It has a significant historical meaning to the city, having observed the Scottish Reformation.
Glasgow Science Center:Located on the southern bank of River Clyde, this is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Britain. There are 3 main buildings, namely, Science Mall, Glasgow Tower and IMAX Cinema.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum:Known as the most popular free-entry museum in Scotland, this is also among the mostly visited museums in the United Kingdom. The museum has a vast collection of arms and armors, together with natural history artifacts. It also houses various European artworks, including the world-famous Christ of Saint John of the Cross.
The Lighthouse:In fact a Centre for Design and Architecture of Scotland, it is a venue for various arts conference, training and exhibitions. The top of the building is known as the ultimate viewing point to observe the whole Glasgow landscape.
The main international airport serving Glasgow is Glasgow International Airport (GLA), which is located 6.9 miles from Downtown Glasgow. An average taxi ride from the airport to the city center should cost about 254 HKD. There are a few airlines that fly from Hong Kong to Glasgow; some names are Aeroflot, Air France, British Airways, Emirates, KLM and Qatar Airways.
Hong Kong citizens can enter and remain in Scotland without a visa for up to 90 days, provided that their passports have a minimum validity of 6 months.
Glasgow’s climate is heavily influenced by the Atlantic Ocean due to their proximity. Winters last from November to February and are relatively cold, with temperatures averaging around 5.0 °C and occasionally falling below the freezing point. Snowfall is rare and brief. Spring is pleasant and cool, and brings lots of colours and fresh air into the city. Summers usually last from June to August, with varied weathers. Some days are mildly cool and wet, while other days are warm and sunny. Humidity can be high in this season. It is recommended that you visit Glasgow in spring to enjoy the beautiful weather and the blooming of flowers and plants.
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