Tourist Info Center
The main Tourist Info Center is located at George square but I also checked the one at the main pedestrian street (Buchanan str). It’s called VisitScotland and the staff was very friendly. I was well prepared in advance of what I wanted to see that day but the free map at the Tourist Office will help you to orient yourself in the city. Apart from the usual (leaflets, info booklets, guide books) they have some nice souvenirs. They are open 9.00-18.00 (till 19.00 june and September, till 20.00 july and august)
I didn’t have to exchange money in Glasgow but I saw numerous ATMs all over the city center.
Weather unpredictable but expect rainfalls even in summer so bring some waterproof clothing or/and umbrella.
As most big cities it has its dark corners but most probably tourists wont come into trouble as the dangerous/rough areas are away from the center. Walking around the city center I noticed lots of police patrols (some with horses! pic2). Just use common sense, avoid dark alleys at night and lock your bicycle correctly as it seems many of them disappear, especially near the University Campus (pic 3)Add to your Trip Planner
I recently took the plunge and drove into the city centre for the first time. While I did manage to navigate the one way system without TOO much trauma I did nearly have a heart attack when I saw how much I had to pay for the car park I went to. It worked out at £11 to park in the Buchanan Galleries car park for several hours. EEk! That'll teach me not to check the prices before I go in! There are much cheaper places to park so just be careful where you park if you are going to be there any length of timeAdd to your Trip Planner
Bank notes vary by bank although colors match
AS THE BANK OF sCOTLAND WAS THE FIRST TO PRODUCE NOTES.That right continued and continues to this day so the clydesdale, Royal and THE bank of Scotland all produce the best form of publicity any business could wish for, alicense to print money.
Only the bank of Scotland still produce the £1 note and you can sell them on e-bay for £40 ..
THey have the same value as the uk note,This will remain untill independance when North sea oil revenue 7th biggest after my hometown Calgary Alberta and we are doing ok with the state paying our National taxes.
Scotland has a huge election May 2007 when proportional rep kicks in.....Vamos n verRelated to:
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Even if you speak perfect English, you will have a hard time understanding what the average Glasgowian is saying. The Glaswegian dialect is hard to understand to begin with and in addition people tend to speak very fast. Asking someone to please repeat what they just said a bit slower will have no effect what so ever.
When it was impossible for me to understand what people where saying I resorted to speaking Norwegian. At least that way I was not the only one looking totally confused.Add to your Trip Planner
Smoking in Public
On the 26th March 2006 Scotland new smoking laws came in. This new law means that it is illegal to smoke in any enclosed public places. This includes pubs, restraunts and any other enclosed public areas including all public transport (although a ban was already in place on most services for years anyway). Also included in this ban are bus shelters and many of the countries train stations. If you are caught smoking illegally you will face an on the spot fine which I think is currently £50 but they are already talking about making the fine much more.Add to your Trip Planner
No use continue further down the road, you won't find one there either. If you, like me, are used with at least one in every corner you may be a bit confused.
Now, there are red light crossings now and again, but only on the most busy streets. In other cases, look very carefully right and left before crossing at your own risk.
Notable; drivers are incredibly careful and aware of this. I don't say you should walk right out, but if there's a car approaching on the other side, or the light is changing in a queue they will actually help you to the other side, i.e. slow down and let you pass. Just be careful!Related to:
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In case you didn't know, there are two major teams in Glasgow (well, in Scotland); Celtic and Rangers. The relationship between the two is more complex than you may think, let's just say there is a connection with the conflict in Northern Irleland. The local politicians even regard sectarianism one of the biggest problems in town.
So, many pubs ban "football colours", i.e. jerseys, hats, scarves etc representing either of the two teams.
At the same time it seems to be a great fashion, especially among young people, to dress in football jerseys from all over the world.
Usually pubs don't mind if you come in Brazil's, Fiorentina's or Italy's jersery. But Swedes should take note that Swedish colours = Henrik Larsson = Celtic, so, leave your Swedish jersey at the hotel when you go to the pub.
On the other hand, if you're a Celt, despises Hammarby (and therefore don't want to dress up in green and white) but still want to dress up for the match your Swedish jersey will do wonders. :-)Related to:
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Art or Fart...............
If you had to make the choice,,,,,,,,what would it be ...***e yir troosers or ............marvel at the way the light trancends onto the most recent load of keeKk...to be on exhibit at the G.O.M.Art...............The nearest Public convenienceRelated to:
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Burstin' for a lillian Gish........
I hope you don't have a weak bladder ,,,,,,,,if your in and around the Lovely Glasgow Cross area ,for you will either have to pay a visit to the back of tree (Dodgy), or try the Calton Pool Hall............... enough to make anybodys bowels move..........Related to:
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Blue vs Green!!!
You hear of racism in some countries. In Glasgow it is not racist, but depending on where you are, you can get thrashed if you wear the wrong colour, wrong time, and at the wrong place.
Glaswegians are generally nice and kind folks. However sometimes they can get extremely rowdy during football seasons. If you're impartial to football teams may I suggest you take note of what colour clothing you wear. You don't want to get hit as an innocent bystander!
Many roads are dotted with pubs, Glaswegians love drinking, and nearly every pub supports a football team. In some areas, to keep the "peace", pubs support one team. Ranger supporters and fans wear blue, Celtic supporters wear green. If you want to stay out of harm's way, don't wear these colours!
As a student and living along a road dotted with 4 Celtic supporter pubs, I was lucky enough to have an olive jacket, and monitored screening times of football matches so I'd know which areas to avoid at which times.Related to:
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Well I took this picture and right away the teacher off the scool came up to me. She told me that it is forbidden to take pictures of children... (witch wasn't what I was doing- Do I look like some perverted criminal??? don't answer that) And now I'm putting the pic on the net...I can never go to Brittain again.Add to your Trip Planner
Catholics - wearing crucifixes...
Catholics - wearing crucifixes in certain pubs is not recommended. Protestants - wearing a T shirt with the Queen on it in certain pubs is not recommended. Avoid discussing following subjects in any Glasgow pubs: The Pope; The Queen; The Irish Question; Celtic; Rangers. You have been warned.Add to your Trip Planner
Crossing Sauchiehall Street...
Crossing Sauchiehall Street after pub hopping!
Becareful walking in between cars! Especially the police cars... they will hit/ bump you and then give you a dirty look. This happened to me...but I thought it was best to keep on walking!Add to your Trip Planner
Yes, even glasgow has parking controls - please be aware that they do control parking in the City of Glasgow. However, they stand out as they dress in red!Add to your Trip Planner
Watch your waist
Think twice before you try Glasgow's delicacy, Deep Fried Mars Bar.
It might taste good, but needless to say, its slightly fatty!
No wonder Scotland has a high heart disease rate.Add to your Trip Planner
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