Glasgow Places to See
Glasgow Places to See
George Square is the heart of the city. It has twelve statues and is surrounded by typically splendid Glasgow buildings, including the City Chambers, an Italian Renaissance style building, with impressive marble staircase and banqueting hall, which houses the local authority offices. Guided tours weekdays except Thursday.
Provand's Lordship, Castle Street, Open All Year. The oldest house in Glasgow, built about 1471. It is believed that Mary Queen of Scots stayed here when she visited her husband, Lord Darnley in 1566.
Glasgow Cathedral, Castle Street. Open All Year except Saturdays April to September, and for services. The present building dates back to the twelfth century and is one of the finest pre-Reformation Gothic buildings in the country - the fan vaulting in the crypt over St Mungo's tomb must be seen.
University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Gilmorehill (entry by University Avenue or Dumbarton Road), Open All Year. Designed by George Gilbert Scott in 1870 the building stands, a magnificent landmark, to the west of the city. The Tower, open Fridays only at 14.00 prompt: magnificent views of the city and Highlands far beyond.
Also see Trades House, Adam fa�ade as it was when it was created in 1794; The Stock Exchange, St George's Place, the exterior a glorious piece of Venetian Gothic fun; Glasgow Cross, Trongate, the Tolbooth Steeple a 126ft tower with clock; Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's St Vincent Street Free Church; some of the buildings of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the most famous of all Glasgow architects: headquarters of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, Willow Tea Room, 217 Sauchiehall Street; the Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Open All Year; Scotland Street School, now a museum of Education, 225 Scotland Street (take Underground to Shields Road), Open All Year, conducted tours.
Museums and Art Galleries
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Argyle Street (at Kelvingrove Park). Open All Year-D. Britain's best civic collection of paintings plus a general museum. Don't miss Rembrandt's 'Man In Armour', the nineteenth-century French impressionists or Salvador Dali's 'Christ of St John'.
The Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park (which has Highland Cattle and is also the site of Pollok House) 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Open All Year. The collection of Sir William Burrell, a wealthy ship-owner and artistic magpie - more than eight thousand items covering an astonishing range from carpets to sculptures and porcelain to paintings.
The People's Palace, Glasgow Green. Open All Year, shows the history and development of Glasgow.
Tenement House, 145 Bucclauch Street, Garnethill. Open All Year. A typical Glasgow tenement flat, discovered a few years ago exactly as it had been for over half a century. Visits must be pre-booked through the National Trust for Scotland.
Also see the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow University, Open All Year except Sundays, Glasgow's oldest museum, covering early civil-isation, Roman Scotland, geology and archaeology; the Huntenan Art Gallery, Hillhead Street, Open All Year except Sunday, Glasgow University's new gallery, including the renowned Whistler collection; the Museum of Transport, 100 Albert Drive, Open All Year; and the Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum, 518 Sauchiehall Street, closed weekends.
Things To Do
Glasgow is undoubtedly Scotland's centre of the Arts, with Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Scottish National Orchestra all based here. It has the only Opera House in Scotland at the Theatre Royal, Hope Street. Kings Theatre, Bath Street, holds plays and musical shows, and The Citizens Theatre, Gorbals Street, is highly reputed. Glasgow is also one of the best shopping centres in Scotland, centred on Buchanan syreet, Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street. The Barras (The Barrows), at Gallowgate, held every weekend, is Europe's largest covered market - a square mile of bargains on up to one thousand stalls. Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Open All Year, an incredible petrified forest of fossilised stumps of trees which grew on this spot 230 million years ago. Kelvin Walkway, a walk through the Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Park - woodland and river close to the heart of the city.
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