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Glasgow, which means 'dear green place' in Gaelic is one of the largest Scottish cities in the United Kingdom. Glasgow started out as a small settlement on the River Clyde and the largest seaport in Scotland. It is well known for its art, architecture and culture, and has more than 20 museums which visitors can enter free of charge. The city has three renowned universities within three miles (4.8 kilometers) of Glasgow city center, as well as 90 green areas throughout the city, earning it its name.
Glasgow Central Railway Station was first opened in 1879. The first renovation began in 1901 and Caledonian Railway first opened the historic Glasgow Central Railway Station in 1879. The concourse and booking hall were finished in 1882 and a year later, in 1883, the Glasgow Central Station Hotel was officially opened. Today, Glasgow Central Railway Station transports over 34 million passengers annually. The Glasgow Railway Station's entrance features ornamental ironwork and seven pillars holding up the glazed porte-cochere arcade.
Passengers can book a taxi, Uber or another ride-sharing app, which is the quickest way to travel to the city center. Passengers can take a taxi from Glasgow Central Railway Station at the taxi rank in Gordon Street. Gordon Street also has a bus station, with regional and local bus services. Tourists can book short-term and long-stay parking at the train station. Three train companies operate at Glasgow Central; Scotrail, GNER and Virgin Trains, which will take passengers around the UK.
The city center is about 1.7 miles (2.8 kilometers) from train station Glasgow Central. Driving from the city center will get travelers to Glasgow Central in about four minutes, while a bus ride will take about 18 minutes. Adventurous tourists, or ones with light luggage, will need about 33 minutes to walk from Glasgow city center to train station Glasgow Central, though the walk is really nice on a rare dry Glasgow day. From Glasgow Central Railway Station, travelers with limited time or mobility, or with a couple of companions should catch a taxi at the taxi rank on Gordon Street.
Glasgow Central won the National Rail Awards Major Station of the Year in 1999 and 2005, and also received the 2004 Principal Station during the National Railway Heritage Awards 25th Anniversary. Glasgow Central Railway Station extensively serves passengers with disabilities and limited mobility. All station and ticket staff are equipped with the knowledge to assist passengers with disabilities, however passengers are advised to arrange assistance before boarding trains with the relevant train operator. Glasgow Central's Mobility Assistance point is open between 07:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. After 22:00, passengers should see any member of station staff to request assistance. An intercom is also available.
Network Rail staff can assist with First Aid. Passengers who need assistance with luggage must arrange prior to arrival at the destination for a staff member to help. Staff members at reception, which can be found on the first floor, can also provide more information on assistance with luggage. Passengers can use the accessible unisex toilets on the lower floor of Glasgow Central Railway Station. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office for any Scottish destination, though not for other destinations. Payphones can be found at the entrance of platform 1 and platform 9.
Glasgow Central has a strong police presence ensuring passengers always feel safe 24-hours a day. The station also offers luggage storage, perfect for those with just a short time to spend in Glasgow. The city itself offers tourists plenty of attractions. Fossil Grove at Glasgow's Victoria Park is home to fossilized trees that are older than dinosaurs, over 330 million years old.
Fans of architecture will love the City Chambers which was built with more marble than was used in the construction of the Vatican. Glasgow also has an underground railway system, nicknamed Clockwork Orange, which is the third oldest railway system in the world. Glasgow is popular for its music concerts. Eight of its concert venues are on the UK's list of top 100 concert venues.