Glasgow

For a time, Glasgow was known as 'The Second City of the British Empire'.  It was built on shipbuilding and marine engineering thanks to the deep waters of the River Clyde estuary.  2014 is set to be a massive year for Glaswegians with the city's Commonwealth Games due this summer.  By the end of this decade, it is set to cement its hold as Scotland's main commercial centre.

Though the ships have left Glasgow, it has reinvented itself as a modern post-industrial city.  As a result, this has made the city an attractive conference venue.  The banks of the River Clyde are dominated by Glasgow Tower and Clyde Auditorium - affectionately known as 'the armadillo'.  The latter building forms part of the Strathclyde Exhibition and Conference Centre, itself a world class venue for concerts.  It is also a popular venue for exhibitions, undoubtedly helped by its central location.

The modern Glasgow sits alongside the proud Victorian city, punctuated by its squares around Kelvingrove and Hillhead, and the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  Towards the east, it is a vibrant shopping centre with precincts on Buchanan Street and St. Enoch.

Creatively, the city of Glasgow is dominated by the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. His Art Nouveau style was employed in some of the city's buildings, such as Scotland Street school, former offices of the Daily Record and Glasgow Herald newspapers, and the Royal Highland Fusiliers Regimental Museum on Sauchiehall Street. Also on the same street is the Willow Café, which is now a jewellers' shop.

Amidst all this is a wealth of hotels, a great many of which suitable conference venues.  Most of which are a motorway junction, train or underground train away.  For sports minded delegates, Ibrox Stadium, Celtic Park and Hampden Park have conference suites and hotels nearby.  Hampden Park has recently been refurbished for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The former Second City of the British Empire is accessible on a variety of modes.  By air, Glasgow (Abbotsinch) and Prestwick airports are within easy reach.  The M8 motorway penetrates the city centre, whereas inter-city trains serve Glasgow Central and Queen Street railway stations.

And, it is well connected with the rest of Scotland.  Why not visit Loch Lomond and take a boat trip?  Combine your stay with a trip to Ayr racecourse?  Or visit the western part of Scotland and take in Oban?  Why not board the Glasgow Sleeper Train from London Euston, and arrive at your conference venue refreshed from a good night's sleep?

If you like your conference venues with a bit of Victorian architecture and vibrancy, consider making the Second City of the British Empire your first one.

Hilton Glasgow

Hilton Glasgow

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Glazert Country House Hotel

Glazert Country House Hotel

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Glasgow School of Arts

Glasgow School of Arts

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The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

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Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Film Theatre

GFT - The Glasgow Film Theatre is an independant 'art-house' cinema and also a registered educational charity based in the centre of Glasgow. The building was the original 'Cosmo' cinema which opened in 1939 and started a great tradition of showing  'continental' films. GFT has an extensive education program and is at the cutting-edge of cinema of all nationalities and genres.  Our two auditoria have 394 (+ 4 wheelchair spaces), and 142 (+ 2 wheelchair spaces).

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Glasgow Audi

Glasgow Audi

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Express by Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

Express by Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

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Express by Holiday Inn Glasgow

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Best Western Eglinton Arms Hotel
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Best Western Eglinton Arms Hotel

Set in the lovely conservation village of Eaglesham at the edge of the village green just 8 miles from Glasgow, this hotel began life as a coaching inn during the late 19th Century. Still maintaining its old-world appeal, it also preserves an air of simple sophistication in the 21st Century world. An ideal Wedding venue for both ceremony & reception for up to 120 guests in a countryside setting for those all important photographs.

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Dalmeny Park Country House Hotel

Dalmeny Park Country House Hotel

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