City Facts

Edinburgh

Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland.
  • It is the UK’s most prosperous city outside London with highly competitive property costs and an unrivalled quality of life.
  • Europe’s 2nd largest financial centre.
  • Edinburgh is home to four large universities; Edinburgh, Napier, Heriot Watt and Queen Margaret. One of Europe’s most beautiful cities full of iconic landmarks, world famous arts festival and a rich history.
  • Home to the Scottish Parliament.
  • The city is a major tourism centre and welcomes over 4 million visitors annually, injecting £1.2 billion in to the local economy.
  • The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world with live theatre and comedy performances.
  • Edinburgh has more Michelin star restaurants than any other city outside London.
  • The economic benefit for the city of meeting and conference business in Edinburgh during 2013-14 was a record-breaking £90.1 million.
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Glasgow

Glasgow
  • Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the fourth largest in the UK.
  • It is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, which hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
  • Glasgow’s student population is the largest in Scotland.
  • Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country’s West Central Lowlands.
  • The Scottish Ballet, Opera and Symphony Orchestra are all based here.
  • The city is located on the banks of the River Clyde, about 80 km from Edinburgh.
  • Glasgow was designated European City of Culture in 1990 and is home to over 100 cultural and artistic organizations.
  • Glasgow’s underground railway system is the only one in Scotland, and the 3rd oldest in the world.
  • The artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born here in 1868.
  • John Logie Baird, transmitted the first long distance TV pictures from a room in Glasgow’s Central Hotel.
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Aberdeen

Aberdeen
  • Aberdeen is the Oil capital of Europe.
  • The city is the second most competitive location to do business in the UK.
  • It is home to 2 large Universities with a booming student population.
  • Aberdeen is the second most competitive location to do business in the UK.
  • The University of Aberdeen dates back to 1495.
  • Aberdeen is a Fairtrade City, Scotland’s first from 2004 With a £2million pound investment in Superfast Broadband.
  • Aberdeen’s Duthie Park is one of the most popular parks in Scotland, attracting over 80,000 visitors every year.
  • The Robert Gordon University is consistently named the UKs top university for graduate employment and was recently proclaimed the ‘Best Modern University in the UK’.
  • Production has been approved for the Maersk Oils Culzean Gas Field-This project is expected to support and estimated 6,000 UK jobs and create more than 400 direct jobs.
  • The Marischal Square development is identified as a key goal in working towards ‘A better image for Aberdeen’ with significant benefits to the regeneration of Aberdeen City Centre.
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Dundee

Dundee
  • Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city and the 51st most populous built-up area in the United Kingdom.
  • Dundee is undergoing a £1billion transformation along the River Tay to reconnect the Waterfront to the city centre which started in 2001 is expected to be completed within a 30-year period. With many new businesses, restaurants, hotels and green spaces planned.
  • In 2010, Dundee was voted as one of the seven smartest cities in the world.
  • Dundee is the fourth largest city in Scotland and encompasses Broughty Ferry, which was actually once referred to as the richest square mile in Europe.
  • Dundee is undergoing a huge redevelopment just now with a new Victoria and Albert Museum of Design opening as the jewel in its crown. This international centre of design for Scotland will be the first ever design museum built in the UK outside of London. Designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
  • City population is over 150,000.
  • Rockstar North, makers of the infamous Grand Theft Auto game, was founded in Dundee.
  • Ninewells hospital located in Dundee is acknowledged as the largest teaching hospital in Europe.
  • The first ever radio broadcast was sent from Dundee.
  • Dundee is home to two major Universities; Dundee and Abertay.
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Stirling

Stirling
  • Stirling is one of Scotland’s oldest towns and newest cities.
  • It is home to the Scottish Institute of Sport as well as the University of Stirling.
  • The population in Stirling is over 45,500.
  • The University of Stirling is 1st in Scotland and 50th in the world.
  • It is known worldwide for the famous castle and William Wallace’s Monument.
  • In 1314 The Battle of Bannockburn took place very close to the walls of Stirling Castle. In this conflict, the Scots led by Robert the Bruce, defeated Edward II’s army and eventually captured the castle.
  • Stirling is Scotland’s heritage capital, where the Wars of Independence were fought and won, where for three centuries monarchs ruled in regal splendour and where merchants and craftsmen plied their trade below the castle rock.
  • Originally a Stone Age settlement Stirling has been strategically significant since the Roman occupation of Britain due to its’ position beside the River Forth.
  • Stirling was a royal Burgh until 1975 and in 2002 as part of the Queen’s golden Jubilee was granted city status.
  • Stirling Castle was built in the 12th Century.
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Nottingham

Nottingham
  • Nottingham is the largest city in the East Midlands, and its metropolitan area is the seventh largest in the United Kingdom.
  • It has two universities, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, which are attended by over 60,000 students.
  • A city known for ground-breaking research. From the discovery of Ibuprofen and the MRI scanner, to advanced textiles and carbon capture, Nottingham is known as the home of innovation.
  • The city is a major tourist destination, with official figures released in early 2014 showing that visitors spent over £1.5 billion in 2011 – the sixth highest amount in England.
  • A £12.1 billion economy that’s been steadily growing since 1995 making Nottingham the economic capital of the East Midlands.
  • Unrivalled investment in infrastructure, with £1bn currently being spent in the city and county on making the transport and business infrastructure world-class.
  • The home and first shop of Paul Smith. The professional cyclist that became a fashion designer.
  • Boots head office is also still based in Nottingham opened by Jessie Boot.
  • Imperial tobacco, a massive employer to thousands of staff.
  • Unrivalled investment in infrastructure, with £1bn currently being spent in the city and county on making the transport and business infrastructure world-class.
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Bristol

Bristol
  • Bristol is the home of two major Universities; The University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE).
  • Has a massive population of around 433,100, projected to be 585,800 by 2033.
  • The economy of Bristol fared comparatively well during the great recession of 2008-10 and continued to grow whilst most Cities shrank.
  • Bristol is the business powerhouse of the South West of England.
  • The city’s population has increased by 10% in the last 10years making it the third Largest City in England and Wales.
  • There are more than 17,500 businesses in Bristol.
  • Has loads of interesting architecture like the Clifton suspension bridge.
  • Has a short coastline on the Severn Estuary, which flows into the Bristol Channel and has a population 432,500 people.
  • The city is famous for its music and film industries and is home to the Bristol City Music and Art Gallery.
  • A massive cultural city, the home of Banksy the famous graffiti artist.
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