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The Medieval City

Glasgow Cathedral, the easterly focal point from which the city developed, dominates the Medieval City. In fact, there is actually a mixture of Medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture here.

The Merchant City

Just south west of the Medieval City is the Merchant City. From George Square, along Ingram Street, and down to the Tron Theatre, this is an example of 18th century town planning. Georgian and Victorian buildings provide an elegant sophistication to the area. Look for the Gallery of Modern Art on Queen Street and Hutchesons' Hall on Ingram Street.

The City Centre

This is where the shops, the bars, the theatres and the restaurants are. Head for the centre of Glasgow, in the Sauchiehall Street area, just north west of the Merchant City. By day the population tends to be comprised of suits, shoppers and students. By night people head for the city for the theatres, and the large selection of clubs, restaurants and bars. The Theatre Royal and the Centre for Contemporary Arts can be found on Sauchiehall Street.

The West End

Just as the Cathedral dominates the medieval district, so Glasgow University dominates the West End of the city - it's the fourth oldest in the UK. Its parkland setting and cosmopolitan vibe mix seamlessly with the fashionable, affluent feel of the surrounding area. There are also loads of museums and art galleries here, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum.

The South

The area just south of the River Clyde is characterised by parkland: Bellahouston and Pollok Country Park to be precise. Both house fine collections of art including The Burrell Collection.