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Old 22-06-2006, 11:17 AM
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Question What is there to do and see in and about Glasgow?

We are going to Glasgow and are wondering what there is to see and do especially on a Sunday? BTW we will have a car so we can travel. Is there any where we should definitely go or any where we should try to stay away from? Any good places for eating at a reasonable price and any where to get a nice meal as we will be celebrating our wedding anniversary when we are over?

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Old 22-06-2006, 5:48 PM
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what kind of things do you like to do...museums?....shops?....scenery?

a trip to loch lomond would be nice if you want to see some scottish scenery...its not far.
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what kind of things do you like to do...museums?....shops?....scenery?

a trip to loch lomond would be nice if you want to see some scottish scenery...its not far.
Almost anything! We do not like going out at night when there is just the two of us and we are away from home, ie discos. Hubby loves driving and we love having a good nosey a round where we go!

BTW THANKS for your response as I thought there must be nothing to do in Glasgow as no one had responded!!
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There are loads of things to do, just depends on what you like. There are brilliant shopping centres, Buchanan Galleries, Princes Square to name two of the better ones. Braehead shopping centre is only 10 minutes away from the city centre too.

The Art Galleries are closed just now but the transport museum across the road is a good day out, with all kinds of transportation from penny farthings to gipsy caravans and model ships to the old trams that used to be part of the transport system in Glasgow. There is also a model of an old cobbled street with old fashioned shops and a small cinema you can go into to watch a short film of life in Glasgow years ago.

There is also the Burrell Collection (not sure if open on a Sunday tho), the Gallery of Modern Art and a few Charles Rennie Macintosh places. There is the People's Palace (a great day out with loads of stuff from Glasgow's history from fashions to air raid shelters. The Football Museum at Hampden Park. And also the Provand's Lordship which is the oldest house in Glasgow and well worth a visit.

As somebody else said, a drive to Loch Lomond is nice, or a trip to the Falkirk Wheel (needs to be seen to be believed!).

Or even just a drive along the Clydeside at night to see the bridges and the trees all lit up is quite a sight.

Hope this gives you some ideas, but I am sure somebody will be along with even more ideas!

Enjoy your stay.

ps can't help with meal as I never go out to eat.
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Old 22-06-2006, 11:55 PM
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Hi
If you like shopping and like a bargain you should try having a look at this thread!!

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...hlight=matalan

It's just pot luck what you get and it depends what you call a bargain.
I was down last week and everything was 75% off, I got 3 pairs of jeans (all named) a cardigan,belt and a top for 15

Antipasti is a good place to eat there is one on Sauchiehall Street and one out Byers Road, just for a slap up meal not your romantic one!!

Good luck and enjoy your stay

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Here you go,this will show you what's on and when.....hope this helps and hope you have a nice time here in Glasgow,but bring a brolly....lol....well it is summer....

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/Visitors/WhatsOn/index.htm
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THANKS for all the responses and for the map. Now I must organise my time so I can see and do as much as possible but of course I will definitely make time for some retail therapy!
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glasgow is the shopping capital of scotland...
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La tasca in Renfield street is a great restaurant if you like tapas!!!

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have a look at www.5pm.co.uk. You can get some good discounts on restaurants there!
I hope you enjoy your visit!
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i grew up in glasgow and go up every year and a few years ago we did the bus tour, how ashamed was i when i hadnt a clue about so much culture in our lovely city, so if you get time do the bus tour as you can get on and off as many times during the day and it stops at most of the main places to see... as for having a car forget it you can end up going round and round and round etc in circles and the traffic lights you will spend more time in your car than you will actually visiting anywere..

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the art galleries and musuems re open on the 11th july after a 3 year shutdown for refurbishment.. will defo be worth a visit..
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Just to say foodwise you can't beat Stravaigin' (Woodlands) for delicious meals in a lively atmosphere with a Scottish twist. Fab place. And if you like architecture take a wander round the University because it's breathtakingly gothic, a really romantic setting.
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Edinburgh is nextdoor aswell, really nice place 2. depends iif your going for more than 1 day as if you were i would say go to Edinburgh n oine of your trips. Also, loch lomand = and you have to go to the best football stadium, Ibrox but yeh i agree about driving in glasgow - its not good, as it is stop and start. use the bus / feet to get about the city but you will enjoy it no matter what
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Glasgow is a fab place to eat. I can thouroughly recomned Stravaigan and Stravaigan II, but Glasgow has hundreds of restaurants catering for every taste. Esca in the Trongate does some fabulous Italian stuff in cosy surroundings, a good romantic meal can be had and it doesn't have to be too expensive either. Someone has already suggested 5pm.co.uk and thats a great palce to start as you can view menus and prebook special offers and stuff. I use it loads.

As for stuff to do, Glasgow has loads of parks. Come to Kelvingrove park and play tennis or lawn bowls (it's free), watch the skaters, wander over to the Kelvingrove art gallery (it doesn't open unitl 11th july but it's one of the most stunning buildings in Glasgow), wander up to Byres road (the Bohemian part of town), make your way up to the Botanic Gardens and catch a play in Bard in the Botanics seaso, or just wander some of the lovely posh houses.

All Glasgow museums are free and only close on a Monday, and they are pretty well stocked. I love the Gallery of Modern Art, but the Burrell Collection has a truly eclectic mix and is set in acres of parkland (Pollock House is also in the same Park and the Rennie Macintosh House for an Art Lover is in the adjacent park).

If you want to get out and about Loch Lomand is about 30-40 minutes away. You can walk, go for a cruise on the loch, kayak, climb Ben Lomond (allow at leat 5 hours for this, but the views are spectacular up there and it's a busy munroe so loads of people to meet!).

I have to say I love my home city and think it's a shame that most people bypass it in favour of Edinburgh, we've got tons to offer and over 600 pubs!. Whatever you decide to do have a fab time.

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Forgot to mention, if you decide to do some retail therapy and head for Braehead Shopping Centre, although its only a 10 minute drive from the city centre, it is much more fun to take the Waterbus, especially if the weather is nice. You can see all the sights on the way there and back, and also visit the Maritime Museum at the same time.

http://www.clydewaterbusservices.co.uk/
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Forgot to mention, if you decide to do some retail therapy and head for Braehead Shopping Centre, although its only a 10 minute drive from the city centre, it is much more fun to take the Waterbus, especially if the weather is nice. You can see all the sights on the way there and back, and also visit the Maritime Museum at the same time.

http://www.clydewaterbusservices.co.uk/
That looks FANTASTIC! I will have to give that a go!
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I should point out that we will have the car as we are sailing over. We are going to park the car close by the hotel and hope to walk or get a bus or whatever to most places. We are going on Friday 8th September and returning on Tuesday 12th September.

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I always take my "foreign" visitors on the 5 lochs journey. My way is to go on the M8 heading for Greenock. Take the Erskine Bridge cutoff and cross the Clyde. Take the A82 for Loch Lomand. Drive along the loch on the A82 to Tarbet and then take the A83 to Arrochar. That's the end of the outward phase. You come back along the A814 past Loch Long to Garelochhead, contining past the Gareloch through Helensburgh and then back into Glasgow. The scenery is magnificent and there are plenty of places to stop for walks and you can even get an odd cup of tea or even stronger.. It takes about 4 hours without stops. (I think, I've never managed to do it without stops)
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I always take my "foreign" visitors on the 5 lochs journey. My way is to go on the M8 heading for Greenock. Take the Erskine Bridge cutoff and cross the Clyde. Take the A82 for Loch Lomand. Drive along the loch on the A82 to Tarbet and then take the A83 to Arrochar. That's the end of the outward phase. You come back along the A814 past Loch Long to Garelochhead, contining past the Gareloch through Helensburgh and then back into Glasgow. The scenery is magnificent and there are plenty of places to stop for walks and you can even get an odd cup of tea or even stronger.. It takes about 4 hours without stops. (I think, I've never managed to do it without stops)
Will pass this info on to hubby as he is the driver and navigator as I have absolutely no sense of direction.
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