Glasgow Travel Guide

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Glasgow Highlights

  • Pro
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    Hosell says…

     Great city architecture and friendly people! 

  • Con
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    scotlandscotour says…

     wegies, deep fried pizza, diesel fumes, litter, drunks, nasty hostels, traffic, not Edinburgh ;-) 

  • In a nutshell
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    willy_wonka says…

     glasgow - gritty real scotland at it's best! 

Glasgow Things to Do

  • People's Palace

    The People’s Palace sits at the heart of the historic Glasgow Green by the River Clyde. This free museum covers the social history of Glasgow, with displays on how ordinary people have lived their lives since the industrial age. You can see paintings, prints, and photographs displayed alongside a wealth of historic artifacts, film, and...

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  • Necropolis

    The Necropolis is located behind the Cathedral. The foot bridge to access it is just to the right of the Cathedral, and it's definitely worth the visit. Some of the monuments you will find there are incredibly impressive and the place is huge. Though I would describe Glasgow as a city with incredible views, it's nice to get a glimpse of the city...

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  • Cathedral

    Outraged at the orgy of vandalism, in the period from 1560 that destroyed so many Scottish churches and monasteries, the ordinary people of Glasgow said a distinct ‘No’ to the destruction of their cathedral during the Reformation. They took up arms to protect Glasgow Cathedral. If it had been destroyed, this would have lost over 1,400 years of...

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Glasgow Hotels

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Glasgow Restaurants

  • The Willow Tea Room

    I had heard about the Willow Tea Rooms from the book "1000 Places to See Before You Die". It is one of the many building's designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is worth the visit. Went to the original building on Sauchiehall and sat in the Room De Luxe when we went for breakfast, and it was worth the visit. The room is not very large, but...

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  • China Buffet King

    Interested in other opinions of this restaurant. Asked for a seat overlooking SnoZone as my son was snowboarding and we wanted to watch but even though the seats were three feet from other diners we weren't allowed to sit in them!! We went elsewhere on principle even though we couldn't see the snowboarding at all. From other views maybe its just...

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  • Ubiquitous Chip

    This is a restaurant I used to go to frequently when I stayed in the area and have returned three times recently after a gap of 7 years or so. There won't be such a long gap before I return! While the internal layout has changed somewhat, and it has added a great terrace to the upstairs bar, it is still largely as it always has been. The main...

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Glasgow Nightlife

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  • Sauchiehall Street

    The pubs and clubs in Sauchiehall Street can be very difficult to get into on certain nights when they only open up for students of the local university. You'll have to show your cards to get past the bouncers. On our first trip to the street we were lucky enough to be accompanied by two female friends who were still students. One of them was the...

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  • The Garage

    Three of us were driving across Scotland for a week, and ended up in Glasgow on Sat, 1st Feb eve. So, we decided to go out to one of the few places that our host in the hotel suggested. However, we were refused entry into this one to start with on some excuse of guestlist only or some special student event happening. Even though, speking to several...

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  • King Tuts

    it is the best nightclub in the city.in the country {and scotland has many ways of having a great night out} its not about dress here its all the musicians + the music Every first Sunday of the month they have an afternoon for unsigned bands.it must be the most pleasant sunday afternoon in the galaxy.

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Glasgow Transportation

  • Underground

    I normally prefer to walk around Glasgow on a warm sunny day, but sometimes the rain can arrive unexpectedly making more sheltered transport desirable. The Subway is an excellent way to travel around Glasgow, although the route is only circular, it crosses the River Clyde twice and stations always connect with city bus routes for onward travel,...

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  • Buses

    It is not the first time I have used a City Sightseeing Bus, but I realised that I had not added the service to my VT pages. The service starts and ends in George Square and has 24 stops on the bus route - the ticket lasts for 2 days. You can get off and on at any of the stops; some are request stops so remember to signal to the driver that you...

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  • Train

    Glasgow has two main train stations: Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street, Central being larger in terms of platforms and footfall. Both stations are ideal destinations for those staying in the city centre. You can walk or take a short taxi ride to most hotels in the city centre from these stations. Both stations operate long-distance services...

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Glasgow Shopping

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  • Buchanan Street

    Discount store that's always packed with people trying to find good deals. I found really nice stuff that's was cheap (for the UK) - still expensive when you compare it from back home. It's funny that the sale prices is what we'd pay in Canadian dollars not pounds! Really nice clothes in the UK but very expensive.

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  • Buchanan Galleries

    Buchanan Galleries, very much like the St Enoch Centre, has the high street shops you would expect to find anywhere and then a couple of extra higher end shops. There is anything from Boots the Chemist to Fred Perry and Hollister in here. Average - above average. All depends on where you shop!

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  • St Enoch Centre

    ST Enoch Centre has nearly all the high street shops you can think of in one modern, clean and spacious shopping centre. The Centre also has a a food mall on the second floor which has many fast food chain style restuarants to pick up a quick bite from. Anything you need from Houseware, Clothing, Health and Beauty... there is even a Yankee Candle...

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Glasgow Local Customs

  • Local people/language

    The presence of 43 university departments of Scots language in German Universities as opposed to zero in English universities somewhat shows up the inequalities of the United Kingdom.Glasgow University has always had its Scots language dept as well as its history dept. and this institution has for centuries been a torch bearer in the...

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  • Rangers/Celtic

    Football violence - between the fans of 2 teams' supporters - is not limited to Glasgow on the odd occasion when it happens. It happens in every city in Europe. All of these comments are blowing it way out of context and are completely giving the wrong impression. It is a much bigger problem in England. Get over it everybody who keeps commenting on...

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  • Bagpipes

    On a warm sunny day's walkabout around Glasgow's west end, and with the World Pipe Band Championships due to take place next weekend, at Glasgow Green, I diverted my explorations into the park, not only to see what's new but also to listen to the pipes and drums....... The park always looks at its best in August, when all the trees have...

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Glasgow Warnings and Dangers

  • Personal Safety

    I've lived in Glasgow for past 3 years and had no major problems what so ever Glasgow. Like any other big city it does have a rough areas, but to be honest there is no tourist attractions anywhere near those areas, so you're more than likely not even gonna end up in those parts of Glasgow. City centre is relatively safe there is quite a lot of...

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  • Football Fans

    Unlike here in canada i Can wear my rangers jersery to a catholic school which happens to be celtics...Not one person knows what im wearing and half time the time there only remark is why am i wearing a shirt that has "CHEAP" beer on the front..carling.....Know im old enough to know that theres no danger in wearing that in canada however. If i were...

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  • Alcohol

    All this nonsense about booze - ignore it. So what if there's a law that says you can't drink in the streets. Presumably you wouldn't habitually drink on the sidewalk at home, would you? So do what you'd do at home - If you want to drink, go to a bar. There are thousands of them, mostly nice and friendly. Anyway, if you've traveled thousands of...

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Glasgow Tourist Traps

  • Once in,it's hard to leave

    Most libraries conjure a rather staid silent image,the progressive Mitchell has changed that with its theatre ,art galleries and a new huge internet room complementing the existing free access suite of 50 on the 3rd. floor.Due to open this month the new 150 terminals is on the ground floor and will be open a lot later than the existing...

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  • Watch out for Taxi fares

    Taxis in Glasgow are mostly pretty reasonable but can be extortionate after midnight. One thing to be wary of is boundary charges. The greater Glasgow area is covered by a number of local authorities and each of these issue taxi licences. This is why taxis from the airport can be so expensive as they cross a boundary to get into the city...

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  • Espresso Coffee

    The quality of espressos in Glasgow is the best that it`s been. (chance of a pun missed!) However a couple of places serve coffee that comes out of a big boiler type machine and you won`t see your coffee being made. The makers of this alternative type of espresso are AMT in the rail stations and Pret a Manger. Both coffees are highly drinkable but...

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Glasgow What to Pack

  • WEATHER

    The summer in Glasgow can be warm, but showers are a normal occurrence. So bring suitable lightweight waterproof clothing. Winter is very cold and yes more rain! So warm n waterproof is needed. There is a lot of beautiful architecture and natural aesthetic beauty in Glasgow and surrounding countryside. Bring a good camera ...even better is a...

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  • Photography

    Resort Yeap. You should take a camera of some sort and other equipment (film perhaps) with you to catch the beauty of Scotland. Scotland has many beautiful sites to catch on film and to admire them later.

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  • Unpredictable

    The summer in Glasgow can be warm, but showers are a normal occurrence. So bring suitable lightweight waterproof clothing. Winter is very cold and yes more rain! So warm n waterproof is needed. There is a lot of beautiful architecture and natural aesthetic beauty in Glasgow and surrounding countryside. Bring a good camera ...even better is a...

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Glasgow Off The Beaten Path

  • Loch Lomond

    If you plan to travel from Glasgow to Loch Lomond then consider taking the A81 via Killearn. On the road you can visit the small an beautiful distillery GLENGOYNE. They arrange tours, there is a shop and you can taste some of the products. Be sure to choose at designated driver first!

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  • Ayrshire

    On the West Coast of Scotland about five miles south of Ayr and beautifully perched on a craggy cliff top knoll stands the ruins of Dunure Castle. It was originally built for the Kennedy family. The site is actually only the shell of a late 13th century oblong keep on the main knoll with the very fragmented remains of two additional wings. These...

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  • Stirling...

    Stirling- one of Scotlands former capitals, is one of its most historic cities as well, with a lot of tales of battles and struggles for Scottish independence centred around the region. Its was also home to the famous William `braveheart' Wallace and `Robert the Bruce'. The Stirling castle is one of the most evocative castles i`ve seen to...

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Glasgow Sports & Outdoors

  • Football

    Hampden Park is the "home" of Scottish football. The venue for cup finals and most international games. It is an occasional venue for European cup finals - famously Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960s. More recently Real Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen when Zidane scored his wonder goal. I think my first visit was about 1970 for a cup final...

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  • Rugby @ Glasgow Warriors

    Rugby is a Cinderella sport in Glasgow, coming in well behind football (soccer), getting drunk and starting fights in the popularity stakes.But the local pro rugby team has been steadily developing its fan base, and even managed to sell out the stadium recently. I went along for the 1st time in May 12. I'd probably have been before but (1) until...

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  • ice hockey @ Braehead

    Someone started a professional ice hockey team in Glasgow in the 11-12 season - Braehead Clan.Sad to say I'm old enough to remember ice hockey at Crossmyloof - the rink has been a supermarket for decades now!Last night (9-11-12) I jumped in the car after work and travelled west to see "my" team take on the Clan. I'd been to the arena before when my...

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Glasgow Favorites

  • walk/explore

    The best way to get to know the city is to just wander around and discover places for yourself. Well in the centre of the city at least, don't want to end up anywhere dodgy by accident! I took most of these photos while on my way to Glasgow Green on my most recent trip to the city

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  • Charles Rennie MacIntosh

    One of Glasgow's best known personalities was Charles Rennie MacIntosh, an architect from the turn of the 20th century who was one of the spear headers of the Art Deco era. There Isn't a lot of his original architecture left though his angular designs are reflected in modern lookalike's, both buildings, furniture and decor. The Glasgow School of...

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  • Friendly Locals

    A couple of hours after booking in to the Globetrottrs i had been introduced by name ,country and even length of stay and forward destination to over 15 other independent travellers in the hostel. We ate bbq. food and drank theGlobetrotters iced tea,except it was not iced and tasted far better. Individual travellers get put into smaller dorms with...

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