Here are 5 little-known, super-interesting facts about 5 of Glasgow’s top attractions:
1. Hampden Park holds the European record for the highest ever attendance at a football match: just under 150,000!
This was at the Scotland vs England international match of 1937. Attendance was recorded as a little below 150,000, but it was likely to have been even more than that. Hampden Park was the largest football ground in the world for over 40 years until 1950 when Brazil built the Maracana for the 1950 World Cup finals.
2. The Tall Ship is home to the Clyde’s first and best speedboat ride!
Seaforce operates the original ‘Clyde Ride’. See Glasgow like you never have before, heading upstream past Glasgow Science Centre, under the bridges into the city and back down past Govan shipyards.
3. Sea Life rescues hundreds of marine creatures every year!
Animals that are healthy and strong enough are returned to the sea. Sea Life Loch Lomond have a strong focus on recycling, keeping our oceans clean, and protecting animals in the wild. You can find out more about their conservation work in their cinema on level 2.
4. The Hunterian is named after Dr William Hunter (1718-1783)
Dr William Hunter was a pioneering obstetrician and teacher with a passion for collecting. He bequeathed his vast private collection to the University of Glasgow in 1783, along with funds to create a suitable museum. Founded in 1807, The Hunterian is Scotland’s oldest public museum and has been recognised as a collection of national significance.
5. Glengoyne Distillery is powered by 100% renewable electricity
Glengoyne also have their own beehives and wetlands on site. Not only do the wetlands ensure less waste and less energy being used, they’re great for biodiversity. They are home to plants of 20 varieties which attract songbirds, dragonflies and other wildlife.