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    Had Kane out to do the repairs on our rough cast wall. He was very helpful in identifying the problem for us, he done an amazing job would…

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    Jeff was professional and very helpful during our build. His team were very friendly and worked very efficiently and made great progress on our…

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  • KB Contractors, Hamilton

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    “Friendly and efficient.”

    Colm O’Callaghan on 24th May 2023

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    “Jeff and JB All Trades were professional, communicative and excellent tradesmen.

    Our project from demolition through…”

    Elaine McNeill on 28th October 2022

  • JB All Trades Ltd, Glasgow

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    “I run an architects practice and Jeff and his team have built numerous projects for our clients to a very high standard….”

    Darren Macdonald on 24th October 2022

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    “Jeff was professional and very helpful during our build. His team were very friendly and worked very efficiently and made…”

    Corrine Sutherland on 24th October 2022

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    “Jeff and his team did an excellent job on my whole house renovation. The work progressed at a good speed and there was…”

    Jenny Cunningham on 21st October 2022

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Although cover all of Scotland. We have over 20 years experience and pride ourselves in helping people keep their homes warmer for longer with better insulation and upgraded heating – ultimately saving money too. We are a Government approved TrustMark Installer, fully insured, highly competitive prices with quick turn around. We also have access to Government ECO Funding to help low income families and people in receipt of benefits get the work carried out for free. Drop us a message and we will see how we can help you!”>We are an Energy Efficiency company based in Glasgow. Although cover all of Scotland. We have over 20 years experience and pride ourselves in helping people keep their homes warmer for longer with better insulation and upgraded heating – ultimately s…

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L&C Gas Services Ltd is a fully insured company. We take great pride in the work that we do and always deliver at a high standard. L&C carries out all aspects of gas works and minor plumbing. All jobs are completed to a very high standard, customer satisfaction is very important to me and my company. discounts offered to NHS workers and OAPs. I hope you find this helpful.”>Gas Safe Registered Engineers with 10+ years experience. L&C Gas Services Ltd is a fully insured company. We take great pride in the work that we do and always deliver at a high standard. L&C carries out all aspects of gas works and minor plu…

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“Very professional & punctual. Would definitely recommend”

Reviewed by Darrem
on 5th Mar 2023

Based in G2 4JR,

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The company was established to provide high quality domestic and commercial services in Scotland. Since our founding, BCS has been known for quality services, exceptional efficiency and the highest level of professionalism. No matter what service you’re looking for, we guarantee to not only meet but exceed your expectations and ensure your satisfaction with affordable price. We provide services such as : Domestic: • Regular cleaning • Deep cleaning • End of tenancy cleaning • Special request cleaning • After party cleaning Commercial: • Warehouses • Offices • Healthcare • Retail • Building public areas • Sports and Venue clubs • New Builds • Automotive dealerships Bright Cleaning Services understand that key to success in the cleaning industry is People; therefore we put emphasis on recruitment and select our employees very carefully. We meet with them in their own house, get a copy of their ID, and we check their references to make sure they are reliable and trustworthy people who will become a quality asset to our company. The perfect first impression can only be made once! Let us help you create that!”>Bright Cleaning Services (BCS) exist on the market since 2014. The company was established to provide high quality domestic and commercial services in Scotland.
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“They came on time and was very efficient.
I will definitely use their services again.”

Reviewed by Jonathan
on 10th Feb 2023

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“>McLean Water Services are a plumbing and water compliance company on the south side of Glasgow with over 20 years experience in the plumbing industry and 10 years in water hygiene, we are fully equipped to fix any issues you may have no matter how bi…

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“Neil was very nice and honest as well; he did an excellent job of changing the pipes underneath my mums kitchen sink, have kept his number for future jobs. Thank you.”

Reviewed by Catherine
on 26th Jul 2023

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Plumber covering Glasgow

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“William is obviously passionate about gardening and is doing an amazing job for me keeping my garden looking good”

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on 25th Jul 2023

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“We were very grateful for Dave’s work in putting together our large PAX wardrobe. He was able to do this at short notice and was very professional, tidy and polite throughout. We would absolutely recommend him to anyone in need of…”

Reviewed by Calum
on 24th Jul 2023

Based in G14 0BQ,

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I’ve built a wealth of knowledge over the years from construction and running CJA Home Improvements. Any jobs you need done, we will do. You can find us in Facebook.”>CJA Home Improvements are glasgow based and run solely by myself, Alan Donaldson. I’ve been in construction for nearly 20 years working as a roofer then fixer building flats, school, hospitals and commercial properties. I’ve built a wealth of knowle…

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“>”Allan arrived to do the job at the time and date agreed only to find a wasp nest that prevented any work being carried out at that time. He arranged to come back the following week and kept to his arrangement.
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on 22nd Jul 2023

Based in G51 4FA,

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Cleaning Company specialized in deep cleaning end of tenancy cleans, one off cleans, hoarder clearances in domestic and commercial.

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We are hiring for regular cleaning, if I don’t update it’s going really well!!”>”Haven’t actually started the cleaning yet but communication has been excellent and quote is competitive. We are hiring for regular cleaning, if I don’t update it’s going really well!!”

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We do gardening grass cutting hedges trimming trees aswell jobs etc waste removal move storage anything possible we do it roof cleaning aswell we have a great team to get the job done at a decent price aswell

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Gardeners very pleasant, friendly and respectful. Cleaned up after themselves. Will be using them again.”>”Job done to a very good standard.
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All work is tested, guaranteed & certified, with the greatest care shown to your home throughout”>Hello there and thank you for checking out my profile.
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From minor electrical repairs to large-scale installations, I have the knowledge, skills, and tools to handle any job. I take pride in my commitment to customer service and always strive to exceed our clients’ expectations.”>Bac electrical
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“>We are happy to carry out jobs big or small we have 100% customer satisfaction in our ratings on a number of platforms , we are based in Renfrew , Plumbing , Heating , Camera inspections with report for insurance claims.

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“Michael turned up on time and screwed the pan to the tiled floor before using silicone to seal it to the floor.”

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on 12th Jul 2023

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All interior wall and ceiling work covered including drywalling/reboarding when required. Small areas, repairs and damage to plastering entire walls, ceilings and rooms. Artex covered ceilings, walls and stairways which are no longer wanted are safely covered with appropriate care and technique to ensure a smooth and transformed appearance. Proud to leave each job immaculate with a quality finish. UKASL Asbestos Awareness Course : ID A4386334 Insurance : Public Liability Insurance Limit of indemnity: £2,000,000.00 Valid until: 10th Aug 2023″>I’m Chris and a professional plasterer, experienced in property maintenance since 2003 and property renovation since 2018. All interior wall and ceiling work covered including drywalling/reboarding when required. Small areas, repairs and damage to pl…

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“Good communication
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on 7th Jul 2023

Based in G66 4RR,

Plasterer covering Glasgow

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Comfortable and confident in all aspects of general building works, conservatories, extensions, driveways, garden walls, slabbing etc. based in southside of Glasgow”>Time served bricklayer. Comfortable and confident in all aspects of general building works, conservatories, extensions, driveways, garden walls, slabbing etc. based in southside of Glasgow

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“Gavin was great and the work he carried out for me was excellent. He communicated really well and always arrived on time, working really hard whilst on the job. Would definitely recommend and use Gavin again. Thank you!”

Reviewed by Jasmine
on 4th Jul 2023

Based in G46 8EY,

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“>A personal friendly Domestic Gas Engineering Service for installation, maintenance and repairs of Gas Boilers, Cookers and fires, also Landlord Gas Certification.

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“Brilliant job will use again”

Reviewed by Russell
on 30th Jun 2023

Based in G53 7FN,

Heating Engineer covering Glasgow

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“>”Stevie arrived early and sorted our guttering problems quickly and efficiently and charged what I thought was a very fair price.”

Reviewed by Bill
on 29th Jun 2023

Based in G53 5UF,

Roofer covering Glasgow

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In addition, we excel in flooring installations, offering a wide selection of options to suit your preferences and budget. Whether you desire hardwood, laminate, tile, or vinyl flooring, we provide professional installation services that transform your space and add long-lasting value. Moreover, our proficiency extends to crafting custom-made wooden drawers, cabinets, and cupboards. We understand the importance of personalized storage solutions, and we take pride in creating bespoke pieces that maximize space utilization while complementing your interior design. What sets us apart is our commitment to delivering prompt, reliable, and cost-effective services. We value your time and ensure that projects are completed efficiently without compromising on quality. With a focus on customer satisfaction, we strive to exceed expectations in every aspect of our work. Regardless of the size or complexity of your project, we welcome all inquiries. Our dedicated team is eager to discuss your unique requirements, provide expert advice, and offer tailored solutions that align with your vision. Trust us to be your reliable partner for all your home improvement and repair needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and experience our exceptional services.”>As a reputable trader handyman, our primary focus is on providing comprehensive home improvement and repair services. We specialize in a wide range of areas, ensuring that we meet the diverse needs of our valued customers.
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“Alexandros was prompt, friendly and very professional. Would highly recommend.”

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Based in G5 9NE,

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A must for ourselves is to always strive to complete the job as quick and efficient as possible in a professional manner, we are very felixible on when and how we complete jobs and projects .”>Hi our business has a combined 36 years of experience in joinery specialising in kitchens and home renovations we undertake all aspects of joinery, we also work in collaboration with other trades and sole traders that we trust we take control of the…

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“Both stages of the job were done with high standards and perfect timing so I had no stress at all. Declan is very friendly, hard working and professional. He’s since done more jobs for myself and 2 neighbours. Very reliable!”

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Glasgow Attractions: Top 25 (MANY PHOTOS)


If you decide to start exploring Scotland, then the sights of Glasgow will be a worthy starting point for this purpose. Musical events, free museums, interesting shopping. In daily walks, you won’t even have a question what to see in Glasgow, because the city is known for its rich historical heritage and modern novelties. From here it is easy to continue your tourist route further, to the islands or to the highlands of the country.

Top things to see in Glasgow

Considering the sights of Glasgow photos with names and descriptions in preparation for the trip, first choose the most well-deserved of them, which are famous throughout Scotland.

1. Merchant City District

Tolbooth Clock Tower on the Square in Merchant City

Be sure to include this legacy of a once prosperous area that was home to wealthy merchants on your trip. Over time, the area was reconstructed, supplemented with office centers and industrial-scale fashion stores. The success of architectural metamorphoses and the level of development were so high that the area was awarded the title of Laureate of the Academy of Urbanism in 2006. This place is often called a party place because of the large number of entertainment venues.

2. City Council Building

Monument to the victims of two world wars of the XX century (sarcophagus and two lions) in front of the city council building

A striking architectural landmark that no tourist will pass by distractedly. The building is interesting with its central pediment richly decorated with sculptures; mosaic inclusions dominate in the interior. Of particular note are marble columns, a staircase made of granite, murals generously painted with gold leaf, earthenware, and precious stones. It seems that everything here silently, but eloquently convinces of the prosperity and prosperity of the city.

3. University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow – a stately building with turrets in the Gothic style

One of the four oldest universities in England is one of the best sights in Glasgow due to the architecture of the building, which is an example of the neo-Gothic style. Today it is a major research center. 9 faculties, almost 6 thousand employees and more than two tens of thousands of students speak of the scale and prestige of the institution.

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4. Mitchell Library

Mitchell Library, where archives of the city are collected from the XII century

Public library, one of the largest in Europe. The architecture of the building is notable for the statue mounted on the green dome, which is a kind of symbol of Glasgow. The library funds are huge, most of them are collected in the western part of the library. On the territory of the building there is a small theater with a capacity of up to 500 spectators.

5. Botanical Garden

Sculpture in the glass building of the Kibble Palace in the Botanical Garden

Although not the main, but still the sights of Glasgow. A small, well-groomed area welcomes visitors with blooming greenery. Trimmed lawns, a large number of flowers and a mass of people strolling idly sets the mood for a rest. A very beautiful greenhouse with tropical plants and succulents.

Official website: http://www.glasgowbotanicgardens.

6. Royal Concert Hall

Statue of Donald Dewar in front of the Royal Concert Hall Martin Abeglen

Most of the large-scale musical performances are given on the stage of this hall. The main concert hall, relatively young in terms of architecture, is ready to accommodate 2.5 thousand spectators at once. The genre in which performers perform is wide: from rock to classical music. In addition to music, ceremonial and celebratory civic events are held here.

Official website: https://www.glasgowconcerthalls

7. Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum illuminated at night

There are interesting places in Glasgow with huge expositions of paintings by famous artists. This Gallery was built at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries; the red sandstone building turned out to be massive and recognizable. The author of the project conveyed the Spanish Gothic style through several towers crowned with sharp spiers, arched windows with characteristic frames and an arched column on the facade. In the exhibition of paintings you can see the works of Rubens, Degas, Titian, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Van Gogh, Picasso. In addition to paintings, there are sculptures, weapons, and archaeological treasures.

Official website: https://www.glasgowlife.

8. Burrell Collection

L-shaped museum building on the park lawn

Listing the main attractions of Glasgow briefly, let’s dwell on this collection separately. The building in which it is stored is located in a country park. Burrell was a businessman who collected art. In the middle of the last century, he gave them to his native city, however, with the condition of a certain approach to choosing a building for his exhibits. As a result, the Burrell collection settled in Pollock Castle, and today art objects from different periods are presented here.

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9. Contemporary Art Gallery

Statue of the Duke of Wellington in front of the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) at

Queen’s Square
The most striking cultural attraction of the city, opened in 1996. The exhibition of works by artists, both beginners and well-known, is dedicated to the direction of avant-garde. In addition to paintings, there are figurines, mosaics, photographs, clippings from the periodical press. It is worth noting that some exhibits, although impressive in scope, are difficult to understand.

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10 Glasgow Science Center

Glasgow Science Center and 125m Glasgow Tower

An interestingly designed building, sparkling in the sun with metal hemispheres, has earned strong recommendations from those who were lucky enough to visit here. It is worth seeing the rotating tower, going to the planetarium and getting into the experiment room. Children really like it here – in the center there are a lot of things that you can touch, pick up, turn on. A great place for a flight of fancy and the development of creativity.

Official website: https://www.glasgowsciencecentre

11. Clyde Arch Bridge

Clyde Arch Bridge or “Slanting Bridge” over the River Clyde Myriam Thyes

This Scottish landmark is known as the “Slanting Bridge” because of its curved structure, thrown obliquely across the River Clyde. The unusual design, created in 2006, doomed this arched structure to fame not only in Glasgow, but throughout the country.

12. People’s Palace and Winter Garden

People’s Palace and Winter Garden – Museum and Conservatory in Glasgow Green

Another pride of Glasgow. An interesting building of the palace is made of red brick, crowned with a large green dome and a statue on the top of the facade. Your trip to Glasgow is not complete without a visit to the magnificent greenhouse with ferns, palm trees and other tropical plants. The glass building with metal structures can be visited even on rainy days, and the photos taken here are very colorful.

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13. Home for art lovers

Design studio and educational center of the School of Art in the building of the House for Art Lovers

We will advise art lovers what to see in Glasgow. Surely they will be impressed by the exhibition hall, art gallery, art cafe with an unusual, exotic setting. The building was built in the Art Nouveau style with the reconstruction of the interiors according to the project of the author-architect. Around it there is a wonderful garden, which is fenced on all sides with a stone fence.

Official website: https://www.houseforanartlover.

14. Glasgow School of Art

Façade view of Glasgow School of Art

The foundation of the higher art school dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Initially, they planned to teach design here. Today, at 10 faculties, more than one and a half thousand students study cinema, sculpture, painting, photography.

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15. Provence Lordship

Provence Lordship – Glasgow’s oldest rough-hewn dark stone dwelling

This is the oldest building in the city, decorated with its ancient coat of arms. Under the shield you can still read the faded but still distinguishable motto of Glasgow. The unique building presents the stage-by-stage struggle of the inhabitants of the city for this place, the life of the Middle Ages is clearly traced. It is surprising that the building has survived from the time of construction, even the pharmacy garden remained.

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16. Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral at

High Street, the city’s oldest street
For those who are interested in the history of the city, we will advise what to see in Glasgow in 1 day. He initiated the construction of the cathedral in the XII century. King David, choosing for him a strict Gothic style. Due to its location on a slope, it is divided into Upper and Lower. Inside, on a sunny day, the cathedral sparkles with multi-colored highlights thanks to the most beautiful stained-glass windows. The ashes of the patron saint of the city of St. Munge rest here, pilgrims come here. Good acoustics, amazing organ sound.

Official website: http://www.glasgowcathedral.

17. St. Andrew’s Cathedral

St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral from Clyde Street AlasdairW

The neo-Gothic style in which this Catholic cathedral was built in the early 19th century is reminiscent of pointed towers with twisted elements and the general outlines of the building, as if striving upward. The reviews mention a fairly restrained, no-frills interior, while people admire the gothic facade, which has not changed its appearance since its construction.

Official website: http://www.

18. Glasgow Necropolis

Tombstones of an old Victorian cemetery on a high hill

The cemetery built on the top of the hill keeps about 50 thousand of the dead in its land. It seems that there might be something interesting here? But the reviews mention interesting monuments and sculptures, wonderful alleys at the top, where you can just wander, reading the inscriptions on the tablets.

Although the tombstones look old, they date back to the 19th century. They are located in rows, for ease of visiting, some of them are impressive external luxury.

Official website: https://www.glasgownecropolis

19. Arena Ibrox

Ibrox Arena, home of Rangers Football Club Daniel

Football fans have a lot to visit in Glasgow. It is here that the legendary Glasgow Rangers football club lives. This is one of the oldest stadiums in the UK. In addition to its “football” fame, the stadium is also interesting in architectural terms. It gained notoriety as a result of two tragedies that occurred in the last century, when about a hundred people died due to the collapse of structures.

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20. Celtic Park

Statue of Brother Walfid in Celtic Park Tom Brogan

This location of the football club of the same name is known to everyone who is not indifferent to football. Guides in Glasgow invariably recommend this stadium to football fans, characterizing it as the second largest in the country. Today, in its arena, it hosts matches of various levels.

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Sights of Glasgow: what else to visit in Glasgow?

There are must-see places here, even if you are not very interested in history, architecture or art. When thinking about where to go in Glasgow, you should plan your visit to them.

21. Riverside Museum of Transportation

An ancient sailboat moored at the south front of the Riverside Transportation Museum

Many excursions in Glasgow include this museum in their program – one of the main city attractions. The original museum building is designed in a futuristic style and resembles a floating iceberg with jagged peaks. There is a huge exposition with a variety of means of transportation, including vintage bicycles and the first subway cars. Interactive equipment simplifies the acquisition of information and makes the visit more “alive”, interesting.

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22. Crane Titan Clydebank

View from the top of the Titan Clydebank crane – part of the shipbuilding museum

This giant crane with a height of 46 meters was created for the movement of warships and parts of ocean liners. Its capacities were used in the construction of large English ships of the last century. Today the crane belongs to the Glasgow Shipbuilding Museum.

23. Glasgow Green

Green Alley to Nelson’s Monument in Glasgow Green

Existing for the sixth century, the park not only serves as a place of rest for citizens and tourists, but also accommodates ancient architectural monuments on its territory. Among them are the People’s Palace with a historical museum, Maclennan’s Arch. The park is located in the city center with access to the river. People come here to walk along the numerous paths, sit on a bench by the fountain, organize a picnic or go in for sports.

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24. Pollock Park

Ornamental garden with rare species of flowers and plants in Pollock Park

The city’s largest park in terms of area has received a high tourist rating due to its purpose. This is the only park in the country created in the country format. Once it was presented to the city by the Maxwell family, so today you can see the house that belonged to them on the territory. The farms contain cows and bulls. Be sure to visit the museum located in the main building with the Burrell collection. Amazing sculptures, tapestries, paintings, medieval weapons are exhibited here. Beautiful landscape and clean air will make you forget about the bustle in the center of Glasgow.

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25. Loch Lomond and Trossachs

Loch Lomond with green mountains in the background

The national park, which occupies about 2 thousand square meters, is spread over an area of ​​stunning beauty. Trossachs is only a small part of it with lakes, mountain valleys and hills. Loch Lomonge is a 37 km long freshwater lake with 30 islands scattered across it. On the lake there are opportunities for water sports, on land they offer cycling and hiking along interesting routes. Nearby are hotels in Glasgow with impeccable English service.

Official website: http://www.lochlomond

If you are lucky, you will get to the festivals that are held here regularly. In any case, you will enjoy your stay in the second largest city in Scotland with its rich and interesting life.

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Chinese “tea”, “young leaf”, “wonderful elixir”. Japanese ceremony, complex and mesmerizing, like a hieroglyph. Aroma comparable to Indian incense. English five-o’clock. Yesterday was big politics and big money. Today – a paper bag with a label on a thread and still a lot of money. All this is tea. In the long history of tea’s transformation from a luxury item to the world’s most abundant drink, two men have played a prominent role – Glasgow grocer Thomas Lipton and New York merchant Thomas Sullivan.

The first European who tried tea was most likely Marco Polo, who came to China at the end of the 13th century and lived there for 17 years. In the 16th century, tea came to Europe – in 1517, the Portuguese brought it to their country. Almost a century later, in 1610, Dutch merchants brought the outlandish “Chinese grass” to their homeland. Through their efforts, tea appeared in Denmark, a little later – in Germany. As a miracle cure, it was also known in France. England was one of the last to get acquainted with tea in Europe: in 1664, the owners of the British East India Company, known as the “Honorable Company”, presented their king Charles II with two pounds of an overseas curiosity bought from the Dutch from a distant and mysterious Celestial Empire. The king was very pleased with the gift.
Tea began to spread rapidly throughout the country, but only wealthy people could enjoy it: “Chinese grass”, along with such rarities as ginger and sugar, was very expensive – at current prices up to $ 100 per pound. The predilection of the English aristocracy for an exotic novelty significantly enriched the Honorable Company, which, having received a monopoly on the import of tea, brought 7.5 million pounds of Cantonese tea, which was popular at that time, to the country only during the period from 1705 to 1805. Poorer people got tea smuggled into the country. However, it was impossible to call it tea: it was good if, along with tea leaves, buyers received crushed willow bark, licorice or already used tea leaves – sometimes merchants mixed sheep droppings into tea. But neither the high price nor the low quality prevented tea from gradually becoming the same necessary drink for every Englishman as traditional ale was for them.
Around tea began to develop their own traditions. For example, daily five-hour tea drinking. This custom was introduced at the beginning of the 19th century by the Duchess of Bedford, Anne, who was bored at her summer residence. The gap between breakfast (usually consisting of bread, cold beef and beer) and lunch (heavy but late) was very long – it is not surprising that the Duchess, in addition to boredom, also experienced hunger. And she offered her friends a very expensive entertainment in those days – “a five-hour conversation over a cup of tea.” Tea was poured into the thinnest Chinese porcelain cups and served with pies, sweets and layered sandwiches, which had just been introduced into fashion by the Earl of Sandwich. This ceremony was so loved by all the participants in the tea parties that they continued and spread it in London.
Another tradition is “tea gardens”. At the end of the 18th century, fireworks and dances organized by the English aristocracy in the open air were supplemented by an indispensable tea party. And by the end of the 19th century, “tea gardens” were open throughout the country for everyone. The popularity of tea by this time had grown so much that in these “gardens” in honor of their favorite drink, hundreds of thousands of Englishmen simultaneously danced the Charleston, “tea dance”, with pleasure. All this indicated that tea had turned from a privilege of the aristocracy into a public drink. And it happened thanks to Thomas Lipton, a grocer from Glasgow.

Grocer’s fate
In May 1850, a fifth child was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Lipton, who had recently arrived in Glasgow from Ireland. Thomas was the last hope of the already elderly Liptons – the first two children died in infancy, the health of the remaining son and daughter caused serious concerns among parents. Who, if not little Tom, will help his parents in the grocery store? From the age of five, he had to learn the intricacies of the trading business: although the tiny shop of his parents could accommodate no more than five customers at a time, there was enough work for everyone. And since Tom was an only child (his brother and sister died when he was not even ten), even school had to be forgotten. Parents could not get enough: an excellent assistant is growing, if things go smoothly, maybe instead of a small shop it will be possible to open a bigger shop.
However, Tom was not at all attracted by the prospect of spending his whole life in his father’s shop. His native Glasgow, near which the largest shipyards of that time were located, was the main point of departure for ships carrying cargo and passengers to America. Every day, Tom, smiling kindly at the customers, thought longingly of those who at this very moment are crossing the Atlantic Ocean – they must be waiting for extraordinary adventures in the New World. And in 1865, fifteen-year-old Thomas Lipton joined them.
During the first three years of his life in America, Thomas traveled throughout the western states in search of work. The recently ended Civil War plunged the entire country into a deep economic depression. To survive, Lipton had to take on any job – growing rice in South Carolina or rolling tobacco leaves in Virginia, but it was clear that Lipton was not to avoid becoming a grocer.
In 1868, he became a salesman in the grocery department of a department store in New York (department stores appeared in America quite recently – born in Philadelphia, a new form of trade quickly spread to all major cities). Becoming a cog in a huge trading machine, Lipton got a unique opportunity to see how carefully organized her work – everything is thought out: from the arrangement of goods on the shelves to the methods of communication with customers. And the motto of American merchants “In God we trust, all others pay cash” (“In God we trust, all others pay cash”; the first part of this motto has been printed or minted on all US banknotes since the middle of the 19th century) Thomas Lipton remembered for the whole life.
In 1871 he returned to Great Britain. He decided to invest his new knowledge, experience and earned £100 in his own business – a grocery store in his native Glasgow. At first, Lipton had to combine the duties of a manager, seller, buyer, cashier and messenger. He himself brought goods from the pier in a cart, delivered purchases to customers himself, personally visited suppliers and never stopped thinking about how to attract customers and make sure that, having entered his store once, they became his regular customers. It would be nice to use advertising, the possibilities of which Thomas got acquainted with in America. But there was not enough money – Lipton stubbornly did not want to raise prices in his store, even if for this he even had to wander around the surrounding farms all the time and, bypassing intermediaries, buy goods directly from manufacturers.
Lacking extra funds, Lipton was forced to use his imagination and ingenuity to the fullest. The shop windows were intricately laid out with groceries, the windows themselves were painted with funny pictures, the posters inviting to the store were changed every week – they were drawn by specially hired cartoonist Willie Lockhart. It worked: people crowded around the store day and night (showcases were illuminated by gas burners). Gradually, Lipton’s undertakings became more and more ambitious. What was the cost, for example, of the world’s largest piece of cheese, ordered by him in America especially for Christmas 1881! The people of Glasgow discussed for a long time how this mountain of cheese was delivered to the store with the help of heavy trucks, what queues lined up behind it, and how all the cheese was sold out in two hours.
The business was so successful that 11 years after the opening of the first store, Lipton already owned twenty outlets throughout western Scotland, and in 1885 acquired a food packaging factory and food warehouses in Chicago. A little later, several stores were opened in America. The income of the 40-year-old Lipton allowed him to retire at any time and finally rest – to go, for example, on a long sea voyage. But better – on a journey that could be spent with benefit for the cause.

Price Dictator
In 1890 Thomas Lipton starts the tea business. The start time was not accidental: coffee, the only drink that could compete with tea, was in great short supply due to the disease of the coffee leaf that had spread in Ceylon. Most of the coffee plantations on the island went under the hammer or were planted with tea bushes. Land prices fell unheard of, and the enterprising Lipton, confusing his competitors with stories that he was going to open new stores in Australia, secretly came to Ceylon, where he bought five tea plantations with a total area of ​​5,500 acres.
Lipton conquered the tea market according to all the rules of military science. He made his plantations a testing ground for all the technical innovations that appeared at that time. When it seemed to him that it would take too long to get tea from the plantations to the place of processing, he invented cable cars to transport baskets of leaves. He even had his own fleet – first clippers, light sailboats capable of developing great speed for those times, and then steamships, more spacious and less dependent on the weather. The arrival of the ship with tea and unloading at the port were accompanied by a real parade with the participation of the Sinhalese orchestra, the colorful participants of which, dancing and playing exotic instruments, followed the boxes of tea.
Lipton clearly saw the goal: tea should be affordable without sacrificing quality. “From the plantation straight into the cup” – this advertising slogan flaunted on the posters put up by Lipton in all British trains and buses. Having become a major planter, he could do without numerous intermediaries – and tea “from Lipton” became much cheaper than the rest. But here’s the problem: since the days of mixing sheep’s dung in tea, cheap tea has a bad reputation firmly established. To convince public opinion, Lipton had to hire the best blenders (specialists who make up the tea mixture) – even if they take into account such a nuance as water hardness, on which the taste of tea also depends. In addition, he changed the very mechanism of trade – he refused to sell tea by weight and sold it packed in cardboard packs. Finally, he made the tea packaging itself recognizable – so that the public, having once tasted the branded drink, would remain faithful to him.
And here Lipton was not mistaken – his tea, packed in neat packs with the image of a Sinhalese beauty with a basket on her head, became a kind of symbol of the era. And Lipton himself firmly entered the mass culture of that time – he got into caricatures, ditties and music hall entreprises. Queen Victoria became a big fan of Lipton tea – she considered that Thomas Lipton’s contribution to the formation of the “English way of life” was worthy of the title of sir. In 1897 Lipton was knighted. But in order for tea to become not only affordable, but also the most common drink, this was not enough. One more small step was needed. It was made at the beginning of the 20th century by the American Thomas Sullivan.

Tea for dummies
Now there is a huge variety of disposable paper bags – they are flat and voluminous, round and square, with and without strings. They pack in them everything that requires boiling water – black, green, red tea; leaves, roots, flowers, herbs. The most common are double-folded rectangular bags (this shape was given to them in 1952 by Lipton specialists) – this way boiling water penetrates better to the tea leaves. But the very first tea bag was a small silk bag. It was hand-sewn by a young New York merchant, Tom Sullivan.
Sullivan never thought about the fact that the problem of tea packaging has worried many generations for five thousand years: tea is a delicate and perishable product, its taste directly depends on storage conditions. Sullivan had never seen ancient Chinese drawings of huge porcelain vases, the first tea containers. He never thought about the fate of those sailors who paid with their heads for the fact that the tea transported on ships got wet and irretrievably died because they did not carefully pack it in wooden boxes. Sullivan, of course, heard about Lipton, but did not even guess that it was he who first began to sell tea not by weight, but in packages. He just supplied tea to New York restaurants and really wanted to get rich. Judging that for tea in small packaging you can get more money, at 19In 04, Sullivan offered tea to customers packed in small hand-sewn silk bags. And he did not lose: the restaurateurs liked the novelty. There was so much garbage in the kitchen from tea leaves, and silk bags could not even be untied – tea was easily brewed in them.
The new idea quickly spread. In restaurants, cafes and tea houses in New York, they began to brew tea in bags, only they were no longer made of silk, but of gauze – it was cheaper that way. Ten years after the first silk tea bag found its buyer, tea in a bag has become the property of not only professional chefs – many merchants have discovered that selling tea in disposable packaging is very profitable, and began to acquire special tea packaging machines.
In 1914, the convenience of tea bags was also appreciated by Europe: for the soldiers who fought on the fronts of the First World War, they turned out to be most welcome.