Travel to IWPMB2019
Arriving by rail – Trains run from London Euston to Glasgow Central Station and from London King’s Cross and Edinburgh to Glasgow Queens Street Station. Glasgow Central Station is a short walk from the Buchanan Street and St. Enoch’s underground stations. Trains run from Euston to Glasgow every hour and from Edinburgh to Glasgow every 15 min. Glasgow’s Queeens Street Station is linked directly to Buchanan Street underground station.Allow approx. 10-15 min for the underground trip to Hillhead and to Kelvinbridge underground stations. Hillhead station is a 10 min walk and Kelvinbridge station is a 5 min walk to the meeting site.
Arriving by air – Glasgow Airport is well connected with airports via London, Bristol, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Geneva, Dublin, Dubai, Milan, Philadelphia, Newark, and Reykyavik. Glasgow Airport is approx. 8 miles from the Glasgow University. There is a bus service that runs into the centre of Glasgow at hourly intervals during the daytime. Allow at least 1 h for this service. Taxis are an alternative and will cost approx. £25 and take approx. 15-20 min to the University (if in doubt, direct the driver to the east end of University Avenue). Edinburgh Airport connects to many other cities across Europe, Chicago, Philidelphia, Newark, and Washington DC. Edinburgh is serviced by bus direct to the center of Glasgow. Buses run hourly, day and night, and take 1 hour each way. Alternatively, buses run to Edinburgh’s Haymarket Station; from Haymarket Station you catch a mainline train to Glasgow Queens Street Station which has a direct passageway to Buchanan Street underground station. Allow 1.5 – 2 h for travel from Edinburgh Airport to the centre of Glasgow via this alternative route.
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Arriving by car – Glagow centre is serviced almost directly by the M8 which runs between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Use the ‘Dumbarton A82′ exit (exit 17) and turn right at the traffic light at the bottom of the slip road. Once across the bridge over the motorway, you are on Great Western Road heading west. Within 1.2 miles you will reach a traffic light junction with Byres Road (left) and Queen Margaret Drive (right), with the entrance to the Botanic Gardens just to the right in front of you. Turn left down Byres Road and left again at the next traffic light junction onto University Avenue. The Charles Wilson Building is 0.5 km East on University Avenue. Please note that parking is difficult around the University site.
Underground and Strathclyde transport – Glasgow operates an excellent underground rail system that circles through the city, the university district and south of the River Clyde. Designed as a circular loop, the underground is known locally as the Clockwork Orange. Single fares cost £1.60.
Taxi – Glasgow operates a TOA taxi service that is very dependable, day and night. Phone (0141) 249 7070. Taxi ranks are located at all major termini and at various locations around the city.
The present site of Glasgow marks a prehistoric ford across the River Clyde. Its position, as one of the two principal religious seats north of Hadrian’s Wall, brought wealth and status that was further strengthened in the late 12th century with royal trading monopolies. Glasgow Cathedral of today dates from 1136 and Glasgow University, founded in the precincts of the Cathedral in 1451, is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world after Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.
Glasgow grew to an international centre on the back of the tobacco trade with New World and later with the growth of the textile and shipping industries. By the end of the 1700s, Glasgow was the largest trade centre in the British Isles. The city expanded rapidly over the period from the 1730s to 1920s, a growth that can be traced through its architecture. During the first half of the 20th century, shipbuilding on the Clyde accounted for a staggering 35% of all of the shipping tonnage plying the world’s oceans. Some of Glasgow’s shipping and trading history will be found in the Hadid Transport Museum on the Clyde and in the Paisley Museum (in Paisley, of course, near Glasgow Airport), which includes some beautiful examples of the Paisley silk and cotton designs that were high fashion through the 18th and early 19th centuries.
The city is home to the Glasgow School of Art, now attached to Glasgow University, where Charles Rennie MacKintosh trained and greatly influenced the Art Noveau and modernist movements in Europe and the New World around the beginning of the 20th century. North Americans will be familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright, a contemporary who followed many of MacKintosh’s ideas. MacKintosh’s work is still to be seen around Glasgow, including the 1909 Glasgow School of Art building, the Lighthouse and the Willow Tearooms in Glasgow’s city centre, the House of an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park, and the Mackie family home, Hill House, outside Glasgow in Helensburgh. The MacKintosh home itself is rebuilt as part of the Hunterian Art Gallery at Glasgow University and is well worth a visit. The Hunterian also holds the bequest collection of James McNeil Whistler’s paintings, many of which are on permanent display.
Glasgow of today is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the UK. It boasts a vibrant nightlife and shopping precincts, outstanding theatre, opera and music of all kinds. The city retains a supportive social attitude and most museums are free entry. The Kelvingrove museum, close by the University of Glasgow, includes eclectic collections that range from natural history and anthropology to modern art. The Burrell collection, located in Pollok Park, is a ‘must see’ and incorporates the personal collection of shipping magnate Sir William Burrell.
Glasgow is also the gateway to the Highlands and Scotland’s breathtaking west coast and Hebridian islands. Take a train from Glasgow’s Queens Street Station to Oban for ferries to the islands. Trains also run to the Highlands of Glencoe, Fort William, Ben Nevis and the Isle of Skye. You can fly direct from Glasgow Airport to the Isle of Barra, the southernmost of the Outer Hebrides, on the worlds’ only scheduled airline that lands on a beach, but be aware that flight times vary (clue: times change with the tides). Or simply rent a car and drive to the Trossachs National Forest and Loch Lomond, some 20 miles from Glasgow.