History of Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

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Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley has a fascinating history. Find out about life in Scotland's largest city over hundreds of years and the industries which have developed in the Clyde Valley. Visit a variety of attractions which bring the region’s past to vividly to life at museums, galleries, visitor centres and more.

Find out all about the timeline of Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley, a region which stretches back to the earliest times, although not much is known before the sixth century when St Kentigern settled in the city. Museums in the city and in the Clyde Valley illustrate the history with displays, artefacts and collections from Roman times to more modern industries including shipbuilding.

Discover a mix of architecture throughout the region including the Victorian buildings of the City Chambers, Tenement House and the neo-Gothic splendour of the University of Glasgow.

There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Glasgow & The Clyde Valley - follow our handy itinerary to discover the wonders of the Antonine Wall and New Lanark.

  • A vintage steamroller at Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge
    Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
  • The restored Doulton Fountain in front of the People's Palace in the east end of the city of Glasgow.
    People's Palace
  • New Lanark, South Lanarkshire
    New Lanark
  • Looking over the River Clyde to the Clyde Auditorium
    Looking over the River Clyde to the Clyde Auditorium
Looking over to the ruins of the 13th century Bothwell Castle, South Lanarkshire

Timeline

Take a look over the timeline for Glasgow & The Clyde Valley filled with everything from legendary saints to bloody sieges.

New Lanark, South Lanarkshire

World Heritage Site itinerary

Follow our world Heritage Site itinerary for Glasgow & The Clyde Valley and visit the region's two attractions.

Looking over the River Clyde where it is crossed by Bell's Footbridge to the Clyde Auditorium

Architecture

Discover the historic attractions of Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley, from fascinating museums to centuries-old buildings.

Looking past the statue to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow

Historic attractions

The history of Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley can be experience at a variety of attractions from fascinating museums in Glasgow to historic buildings and impressive monuments across the region.