Whether you’re a history buff, an artistic admirer or just love a warm and friendly pub (yes please) there’s something for every traveller. Curious about Glasgow? Read on for some fun facts about Scotland’s biggest city!
1. The Glasgow City Chambers contains more marble than Vatican City.
In fact, the interior of the City Chambers has been used as a stand-in for the Vatican in films! Overlooking George Square, Glasgow City Chambers is one of the city’s most beautiful buildings so be sure to check out this marble marvel, especially the opulent staircase.
Glasgow City Chambers by Miachael D Beckwith, Flickr
2. Tree stumps are older than the dinosaurs in Glasgow!
Eleven fossil tree stumps can be found in Fossil Grove, Glasgow that are about 330 million years old. These fossilised tree stumps were uncovered in 1887, and a museum was swiftly erected around them in 1889 for preservation.
3. Glasgow is known as the ‘Dear Green Place’ in Gaelic.
This is pretty fitting considering the city has over 90 parks and gardens with rolling hills and lush woodland walks.
4. The Royal Exchange in Royal Exchange Square was built as a townhouse for a rich tobacco lord.
In 1817 the Royal Bank of Scotland acquired the building, and it now houses the Gallery of Modern Art.
Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art by Gordon McLean, Flickr
5. Glasgow’s underground railway system is the third oldest in the world.
Known as the ‘clockwork orange’ by locals, it’s also the only underground metro in the whole country.
6. Glasgow Cathedral is the only cathedral on the Scottish mainland to survive the Protestant Reformation of 1560.
Built in the 1100s, this medieval cathedral is located on the tomb site of St Mungo and was luckily saved almost intact because the Protestants repurposed it for their own worship.
Glasgow Cathedral by Rachel Footner
7. Glasgow is the birthplace of the world’s first ultrasound machine.
Created and first used in the 1950s, you can see the original ultrasound machine that transformed medicine at the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow.
8. The bones of Saint Valentine reside in Glasgow.
They can be found at the Church of Blessed St John Duns Scotus in a small wooden box which is decorated with flowers each Valentine’s Day. The exact identity of Saint Valentine is a mystery, and as such you can find purported relics of his body all over the world – with parts to spare!
9. The first ever match of international football was held in Glasgow.
Scotland played England at the West of Scotland cricket ground in 1872 and drew 0-0.
10. The Tall Ship Glenlee is one of only five Clydebuilt sailing ships still floating.
In fact, Glenlee is the only ship of this type left in the UK! After sailing the seas since 1896 she has been restored to her former glory and is moored beside the Riverside Museum where you can explore the ship.
Tall Ship Glenlee by Leslie Barrie
Have we convinced you? Of course we have. Start planning your Glasgow adventure with our England, Scotland & Wales small group tour. Let’s Glasgow! (Get it?)