Blessed with a distinguished manufacturing past, Glasgow is now Scotland's largest economy and a hub for national culture. The abundance of Glasgow accommodation on offer reflects the popularity of the city for domestic and international travellers.
Glasgow is based along the River Clyde in west-central Scotland. It is the most populous city in Scotland and the third most populous in the United Kingdom. The Glasgow population of over 600,000 people welcome millions of travellers visiting each year for both work and leisure trips.
The visiting economy is perhaps so strong because of the popularity of the University of Glasgow, one of the longest-running universities in the world, or the fact Glasgow has commonly ranked amongst the top ten ‘Best Cities in the World’.
What’s more, with three nearby airports (Glasgow Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport & Cumbernauld Airport) its own underground system and intercity rail links with all the major cities of the UK, Glasgow is very much a player on both the British and the world stage. It's hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and world-famous Old Firm Derby demonstrates this further.
Read on further to find out more about the city and how even short term lets in Glasgow can make all the difference in supporting your trip.
Once a huge manufacturing hub, Glasgow has now also become an important financial centre in Scotland. The economy is immensely diversified, attracting a great mix of business and foreign investment across a range of sectors, including digital technology, tourism, engineering, finance and education.
In the UK, the city is the fifth most visited location, with a significant portion of those people visiting the countless Glasgow business parks, such as the ‘Atlantic Quay Glasgow’. Their popularity is because the city generates around £40billion GVA each year, making Glasgow without doubt one of the largest economies in the UK.
The Glasgow City Council is at the heart of this economic success. Jobs here are plentiful and valuable transport connections are set up to accommodate a corporate lifestyle, in a location that has been amongst the best for quality of life in the UK in recent times.
This is all before the Glasgow City Region Deal that’s set to pump over £1 billion into the area for further development over the next decades. To learn in more detail about the economy of Glasgow and it’s business climate, be sure to the Invest Glasgow website.
Corporate travellers looking for practical accommodation will find serviced apartments in Glasgow can give them their own safe and convenient ‘home away from home’ right in the heart of Scotland’s main business area, or wherever they wish to base themselves.
Glasgow boasts a complex, rich history. Industrial and disputed as to when it all began, it’s still admired by the locals and tourists. Its city’s history has some stunning architecture and exhibits to match throughout the city too, displaying a range of different styles, particularly across the Glasgow museums.
Kelvingrove Museum, which opened way back in 1901, plays host to world-famous masterpieces and shares its red sandstone facade with Kelvin Hall on the opposite side of the street. Both buildings should be on your must-visit list when exploring Glasgow, along with the city’s beautiful cathedral. Built-in the 12th century, Glasgow Cathedral was oddly built during the pre-reformation period, and is now an active place for Christian worship and hosts a Church of Scotland congregation.
Most museums, galleries and other great landmarks in Glasgow are free to visit. The Gallery of Modern art was established in 1996 but is located in a splendid building from 1778 and hosts temporary exhibitions and workshops. While the Riverside Museum, in contrast, is an award-winning transport museum, displaying over 3000 objects and interactive displays where you can go back in time and walk through the Glasgow streets and visit different places.
Each of these museums and tremendous historic sites is always just within walking distance of the many available aparthotels in Glasgow.
In recent years Glasgow has often been named the ‘UK’s top cultural and creative city’. As with any large city in the UK, it has a busy, energetic feel and the great number of Glasgow restaurants, bars and cafes mean there is always somewhere where visitors can relax and socialise. The city is known for its great nightlife too, popular amongst Glasgow students. Therefore, both students halls and student accommodation in Glasgow are rather popular.
There are several open spaces to enjoy too, with beautiful parks and squares to be found all over the city. You could enjoy a stroll through Kelvingrove Park or Glasgow Green, a beautiful city centre park, that contains several popular landmarks such as Nelson’s Monument and St. Andrew’s Suspension Bridge, as well as attractive fountains. People living in Glasgow are also fond of Pollock Country Park, located just outside the city. This 360-acre park was named Britain’s Best Park in 2006, then in 2008 was awarded the title of Europe’s Best Park, making it truly one of the top Glasgow attractions.
Furthermore, for those who like to treat themselves to the odd purchase, there are the always busy Glasgow shopping centres, Merchant City and Princes Square. Princes has 25 high-end shops to browse through and was even voted Scotland’s best shopping centre making it amongst the best retail experiences in the UK. It's certainly one to see when you visit Glasgow! What’s more, is that the abundance of city apartments in Glasgow make visiting the shopping centre and all the other city attractions incredibly easy.
Finding the right accommodation in a major city can be hard, especially for people travelling for work, looking for a home-away-from-home feel. Here are SITU, however, we strive to make the experience of finding and booking accommodation effortless.
When searching for open-plan, self-catering accommodation in Glasgow, be sure to have a look at what we have available. Both our long and short stay apartments in Glasgow give travellers their own flexible space from which to make their stay and business travel productive and memorable.
Get in touch with a member of SITU team to find out more about how we can help find serviced accommodation in Glasgow in a prime location that is right for you!
Glasgow International Airport is the second busiest in Scotland, handing the air travel of almost nine million passengers each year. It’s based in the town of Paisley, just under fifteen miles west of the city centre. The airport can be easily reached from the M8 between junctions 18-15, the A737 or the A726.
There is another airport alternative not too far from the city centre; Glasgow Prestwick Airport. It’s around a forty-minute drive southwest of central Glasgow centre, based just off the coast of the Firth of Clyde. Wherever you choose to fly from, we have luxury apartments in Glasgow located nearby to ensure hassle-free travel to-and-from either of these airports on the days of your flights.
Although the city is very pedestrian-friendly, with the centre and major shopping streets dominated by foot traffic, the subway offers a quick and easy route across a wider area. This is the third-oldest underground system in the world, serving the city centre, West End (including the Glasgow University area) and the Ibrox Stadium.
Overall, the subway runs a double circle; around the city centre and the inner suburbs. There is a flat rate for single travels and an unlimited daily pass is available. Trains run generally every 5 - 10 minutes.
Glasgow's railway network is the largest in the UK outside of London with two major rail stations; Central situated on Gordon Street and Queens Street offering regular services to other areas of Scotland and major English cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and London.
Central provides most services within the suburban network, but also stretches out to the Inverclyde and Ayrshire coasts. From Queens Street, there are direct trains to London taking 4 hours and 30 minutes. Both stations are easy to get to by foot, or by regular bus services from apartments in Glasgow city centre.
Buchanan Station is the places to go for bus travel across Glasgow and to other destinations across Scotland and the UK. It is based on Buchanan Street, next to the Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall just an 8-minute walk from Glasgow Central Station.
First Glasgow is the main operator, offering services generally every 10 minutes on the main routes through the city. Towards the evening, some services do start to become less frequent, but with other operators available it is not hard to find an alternative route not far from your Glasgow accommodation.