Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse and is home to more than 20 world-class museums and art galleries; and is proud to have Europe’s largest civic arts collection with works by Van Gogh, Degas and Monet all available to view free-of-charge in venues around the city.
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City of Innovation
In the UK, Glasgow has the largest academic community outside London, with world leading research in life sciences, engineering, science and technology.
With the largest medical physics research division in the world, Europe’s largest hospital (the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital) and the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC), the UK’s most advanced NHS cancer centre, Glasgow offers an ideal location for meetings in the field of medical research.
Shops in the city centre are generally open Monday to Friday until at least 7pm and from 10am until 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Late night shopping is on Thursdays, with many stores open until 8pm.
Glasgow is one of Scotland’s milder areas with temperatures usually higher than most places of equal latitude away from the UK, due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. Summer is warm and has the added benefit of 16 hours of daylight. Autumn can feel pleasant with mild temperatures and sunny days.
There are no hard and fast rules for tipping in Scotland. If you are happy with the service, a 10-15% tip is customary, particularly in a restaurant or café with table service. Tipping in bars is not expected. For taxi fares, tipping is at your discretion.