While Edinburgh often grabs the headlines thanks to its Festival Fringe and Hogmanay (New Year) street party, you’ll struggle to find a Glaswegian who doesn’t believe that their home city is Britain’s best.
But we’re ready to be bolder and claim global dominance for this magnificent metropolis on Scotland’s west coast – here are eight reasons Glasgow’s the world’s greatest city.
Glasgow’s home to the best banter (funny conversation) on Earth, with local words and phrases like ‘beamer’ and ‘belter’ that are ‘pure dead brilliant’ – learn the lingo with this Discover Glasgow guide.
Home of Celtic FC
If you’re of Irish or Scottish extraction, the chances are you’ve heard of Celtic FC – they’ve been based in Glasgow since 1888, were the first UK football team to win the European Cup and are still a force to be reckoned with. Catch a game at Celtic Park and soak up the fantastic atmosphere.
Home of Rangers FC
The other half of Glasgow supports Rangers FC, and this famous club also boasts a worldwide support. World-class players like Davie Cooper and Jim Baxter made their names here, and Ibrox Stadium is still a fortress where most competitors fear to tread.
When you’re partial to spicy Indian cuisine, Glasgow’s to place to be – it’s been crowned Britain’s curry capital five times and with restaurants like Mother India Café, Koolba and Mister Singh’s India, the chances are it’ll keep winning accolades.
University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow was named Scottish University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and the proportion of students graduating with a First or 2:1 is above 83%. Browse the uni website to find out more about University of Glasgow student life.
Brilliant bars and pubs
You’ll sample Glasgow banter from locals in locations across the city, but some of the best places for cracking conversation are bars and pubs. And Glasgow’s got its fair share – from the terrific traditional interior and warm welcome of Drury Street’s Horseshoe Bar to the Boho vibes of The Flying Duck, you’ll never be stuck for somewhere to slake your thirst.
Glasgow’s been a creative hotspot for generations and is the birthplace some of the world’s best bands, like Franz Ferdinand, Belle & Sebastian, Primal Scream and Mogwai. You could catch the city’s next big things at live music venues like King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut or Stereo – keep an eye on their gig listings online.