Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in Western Europe. Today, the city has emerged as the cultural, commercial and convention capital of Scotland. It has the finest specimen of Victorian architecture in Europe and an amazing collection of fine museums and art galleries. Glasgow is definitely the warmest and friendliest city in Britain! According to the late poet laureate Sir John Betjeman, "the city made ships and gigantic locomotives and powerful machines. But most of all, it made friends."
Glasgow is one of Europe's most visited cities, with more than 3 million tourists who come to Glasgow to enjoy a wealth of cultural and leisure attractions, and as a base to explore the magnificent natural scenery which surrounds the city. Glasgow is famous for its shopping district, which is the largest shopping zone outside London. Glasgow is also famous for its lively and varied nightlife scene. In recent years, it has been designated the European Capital of Sport 2003, the UK City of Architecture and Design 1999 and the European City of Culture 1990. Glasgow will also host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.