Glasgow Basic Information

With a previous rep as a somewhat rough and ready locale, Glasgow has emerged to become a bright, fun and vibrant city with a growing fan base. Whether it's a passion for art, history, music, stand-up comedy, the local tipple or culture, this city has a lot going on. Here are some of the essentials you need to know about before you go.

Visa Requirements

Australian passport holders looking to visit the UK, which includes Scotland, for less than 6 months do not require a visa. If you are planning on staying longer than 6 months, or looking to study or work in Glasgow, you will need to apply for a visa before you travel. Your type and length of study or work will determine what type of visa you can apply for. You may also be eligible for a working visa if you are a Commonwealth citizen or have UK ancestry. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact the UK High Commission in Canberra.

Currency

Scotland uses the British Pound as currency. Bank of Scotland prints its own notes, but these are interchangeable with notes printed in England and Northern Ireland too.

Food

Historically, Scottish cuisine includes hearty comfort foods like homemade pies, Sunday roasts, fish and chips and the infamous haggis dish. Haggis is a savoury pudding peculiar to Scotland and consists of sheep's heart, liver and lungs, diced onions, oatmeal, spices, salt and stock and encased either in the stomach of a sheep or sausage casing - thankfully, the latter is more likely nowadays. Needless to say, it's an acquired taste! Glasgow, being the cosmopolitan metropolis that it is today, obviously embraces a variety of international cuisines with an abundance of fine dining restaurants specialising in Indian-style cooking.

Nightlife

Glaswegians know how to have a good night out with music spilling from busy hotspots across the city. Cosy pubs with micro-brewed, special edition beers scatter the streets each offering their own unique twist and a devout clientele. Swanky bars have been growing in popularity and can mostly be found on Albion Street. Glasgow's feather in the cap has to be its array of live music venues. Just a few notable Glaswegian recording artists who have found international success include The Fratellis, Paolo Nutini, Amy Macdonald, Malcolm and Angus Young (guitarists for AC/DC) and Franz Ferdinand. For an intimate live band experience, hop over to King Tut's Wah Wah Hut located on St Vincent Street. This legendary spot is also where Oasis was signed after playing a gig in 1993. For larger concerts, head over to Barrowland Hall on Gallowgate Street, a slightly rough 1930s venue with plenty of charm and atmosphere.