Pride of the Clyde


NOUVEAU RICHE: Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow has undergone many transformations, and evidence of past incarnations is everywhere. The medieval cathedral to the east of the city is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation. A short walk down the High Street — the original site of Glasgow University in 1451 — takes you to the 18th century Merchant City, site of Glasgow's first boom. It came when the so-called Tobacco Lords made a huge profit running tobacco between U.S. plantations and Europe. The merchant's townhouses and warehouses today hold designer shops, trendy bars, world-class restaurants (forget the fried Mars bars) and the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!