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Guidebook for Glasgow

David

Guidebook for Glasgow

Parks & Nature
it's just round the corner and there are brilliant places for kids to explore and play. You can jog round it, meet local dogwalkers, find the local forest playgroup making mud pies... and build yourself a den! Also good for barbecues and picnics on a summer evening.
North Kelvin Meadow
it's just round the corner and there are brilliant places for kids to explore and play. You can jog round it, meet local dogwalkers, find the local forest playgroup making mud pies... and build yourself a den! Also good for barbecues and picnics on a summer evening.
this is a great way to walk into town if you want to avoid the roads - and also great for cycling and jogging. You can join the walkway about 5 mins from the flat, and then walk into Kelvingrove Park (try and spot the kingfisher, or the pair of goosanders). You can then walk through the park and into town.
Kelvin Walkway
this is a great way to walk into town if you want to avoid the roads - and also great for cycling and jogging. You can join the walkway about 5 mins from the flat, and then walk into Kelvingrove Park (try and spot the kingfisher, or the pair of goosanders). You can then walk through the park and into town.
Awesome place to visit. It has 38 islands within it, and it's HUGE! The west side is easier - Luss is lovely, but the eastern side is harder to get to - Balmaha and Rowardennan
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Loch Lomond
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Awesome place to visit. It has 38 islands within it, and it's HUGE! The west side is easier - Luss is lovely, but the eastern side is harder to get to - Balmaha and Rowardennan
Food Scene
Great food and a lovely bar - informal on the ground floor, smarter downstairs. Fantastic haggis neeps and tatties if you've never tried them. And loads of other great dishes often with a global twist
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Stravaigin
28 Gibson St
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Great food and a lovely bar - informal on the ground floor, smarter downstairs. Fantastic haggis neeps and tatties if you've never tried them. And loads of other great dishes often with a global twist
Fantastic breakfasts and brunches (the french toast is legendary and the Italian dishes are superb) at a small local cafe.
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North Star cafe
108 Queen Margaret Drive
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Fantastic breakfasts and brunches (the french toast is legendary and the Italian dishes are superb) at a small local cafe.
the décor is functional (formica and strip lighting) but the food is authentic and fantastic! The dumplings are brilliant. The alcohol is limited in range (if you ask for wine, they say 'red or white?'!)
Asian Gourmet
17 W Prince's St
the décor is functional (formica and strip lighting) but the food is authentic and fantastic! The dumplings are brilliant. The alcohol is limited in range (if you ask for wine, they say 'red or white?'!)
Great for takeaways - fantastic Chinese food
Home Wok
101 Byres Rd
Great for takeaways - fantastic Chinese food
Glasgow is famous for its curries. Balbir's is a great restaurant - try the blackened spiced salmon - and also the haggis pakoras
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Balbir's
7 Church St
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Glasgow is famous for its curries. Balbir's is a great restaurant - try the blackened spiced salmon - and also the haggis pakoras
The finest Indian restaurant in Glasgow - but you'll probably need to book. Proper tablecloths and fine dining
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Mother India
28 Westminster Terrace
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The finest Indian restaurant in Glasgow - but you'll probably need to book. Proper tablecloths and fine dining
A more informal version of the Mother India restaurant - small dishes, great for sharing. You can't book, so on Friday and Saturday nights be prepared to queue!
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Mother India's Cafe
1355 Argyle St
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A more informal version of the Mother India restaurant - small dishes, great for sharing. You can't book, so on Friday and Saturday nights be prepared to queue!
Does absolutely fantastic steak and meats, but it's not cheap. Great cocktails, and also serves Scottish oysters.
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The Butchershop Bar & Grill
1055 Sauchiehall St
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Does absolutely fantastic steak and meats, but it's not cheap. Great cocktails, and also serves Scottish oysters.
Drinks & Nightlife
It's a converted church, it's been beautifully converted and it's got a whisky bar. And it doesn't play music. What more could you want? Oh, there is a nightclub downstairs in the basement if your night goes that way... it's cheesy but who cares?
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Òran Mór
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It's a converted church, it's been beautifully converted and it's got a whisky bar. And it doesn't play music. What more could you want? Oh, there is a nightclub downstairs in the basement if your night goes that way... it's cheesy but who cares?
This is a great brewery (and bar), brewing to the German Purity Law standards here in Glasgow – you can get their beer at a number of bars. But the main brewery has a lovely bar restaurant serving German food - and it's in a stunning building
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West Brewery
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This is a great brewery (and bar), brewing to the German Purity Law standards here in Glasgow – you can get their beer at a number of bars. But the main brewery has a lovely bar restaurant serving German food - and it's in a stunning building
A smaller outpost of the main brewery, in a West End location. Serves lovely beers, and German food.
WEST On The Corner
160 Woodlands Road
A smaller outpost of the main brewery, in a West End location. Serves lovely beers, and German food.
Great local pub!
The Botany Bar and Restaurant
795 Maryhill Rd
Great local pub!
Cafe Gandolfi downstairs is justifiably famous and a lovely place for an evening meal, but I prefer Bar Gandolfi upstairs. Beautiful wooden bar and furniture, in a friendly place with good food and a great wine list!
Bar Gandolfi
64 Albion St
Cafe Gandolfi downstairs is justifiably famous and a lovely place for an evening meal, but I prefer Bar Gandolfi upstairs. Beautiful wooden bar and furniture, in a friendly place with good food and a great wine list!
Great place for a drink, gets busy on Fridays and Saturdays. The food is good too.
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Tabac
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Great place for a drink, gets busy on Fridays and Saturdays. The food is good too.
OK, this is actually a very upmarket and expensive restaurant, but don't bother eating here. Go for a cocktail and enjoy the amazing art deco interior. Old school luxury.
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Rogano
11 Exchange Pl
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OK, this is actually a very upmarket and expensive restaurant, but don't bother eating here. Go for a cocktail and enjoy the amazing art deco interior. Old school luxury.
Traditional pub - amazing range of whiskies and sometimes you'll find traditional musicians playing Scottish music
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Lismore
206 Dumbarton Rd
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Traditional pub - amazing range of whiskies and sometimes you'll find traditional musicians playing Scottish music
Another great whisky bar, this time in town
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The Pot Still
154 Hope St
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Another great whisky bar, this time in town
Posh restaurant in the West End, but great upstairs bar where you can get traditional Scottish food (and there's an open fire)
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Ubiquitous Chip
12 Ashton Ln
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Posh restaurant in the West End, but great upstairs bar where you can get traditional Scottish food (and there's an open fire)
Arts & Culture
All Glasgow museums are free, although closed on Mondays, but Kelvingrove is a fantastic building with a lovely, slightly motley collection of exhibits, furniture and paintings. The organist plays a recital at lunchtimes, and it's a lovely place to spend a quiet hour or two. Plus it's surrounded by Kelvingrove Park so a walk through the park and along the Kelvin river is always a nice way to get there.
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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All Glasgow museums are free, although closed on Mondays, but Kelvingrove is a fantastic building with a lovely, slightly motley collection of exhibits, furniture and paintings. The organist plays a recital at lunchtimes, and it's a lovely place to spend a quiet hour or two. Plus it's surrounded by Kelvingrove Park so a walk through the park and along the Kelvin river is always a nice way to get there.
The Transport Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid, is a fantastic building down on the River Clyde that houses a great selection of boats, buses, cars and so on. Worth a visit.
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Riverside Museum
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The Transport Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid, is a fantastic building down on the River Clyde that houses a great selection of boats, buses, cars and so on. Worth a visit.
The Gallery of Modern Art is bang in the city centre in Royal Exchange Square, and is always worth popping in while you're in town.
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Gallery of Modern Art
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The Gallery of Modern Art is bang in the city centre in Royal Exchange Square, and is always worth popping in while you're in town.
The Burrell is a lovely collection of objects, housed in a beautiful building, set amidst lovely woodland and parkland. It's a bit difficult to get to from the West End, but it's worth it. If the weather's good it's worth also spending time in the surrounding Pollok Country Park.
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The Burrell Collection
2060 Pollokshaws Rd
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The Burrell is a lovely collection of objects, housed in a beautiful building, set amidst lovely woodland and parkland. It's a bit difficult to get to from the West End, but it's worth it. If the weather's good it's worth also spending time in the surrounding Pollok Country Park.
Not technically a museum, but full of activities that kids and adults will love. And maybe even learn something!
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Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay
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Not technically a museum, but full of activities that kids and adults will love. And maybe even learn something!
Sightseeing
If you want to see some Charles Rennie Mackintosh then obviously there are some fantastic buildings and museums that will do you proud, but Queens Cross Church is just round the corner (corner of Garscube Road and Maryhill Road), and is usually open at the weekend if you want to pop in for a look-see – and of course it’s lovely.
The Mackintosh Church
870 Garscube Rd
If you want to see some Charles Rennie Mackintosh then obviously there are some fantastic buildings and museums that will do you proud, but Queens Cross Church is just round the corner (corner of Garscube Road and Maryhill Road), and is usually open at the weekend if you want to pop in for a look-see – and of course it’s lovely.
Glasgow University is only a short walk away (along Byres Road and up University Avenue) and it’s a beautiful building, and open to the public. You can walk through the cloisters, there’s a great view over the city from out the back of the main building, plus there are some nice museums within it.
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Université de Glasgow
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Glasgow University is only a short walk away (along Byres Road and up University Avenue) and it’s a beautiful building, and open to the public. You can walk through the cloisters, there’s a great view over the city from out the back of the main building, plus there are some nice museums within it.
If you like wandering round a cemetery then Glasgow's Necropolis is pretty amazing. Just to the East of the city centre, behind the Cathedral. It's massive and full of large impressive tombs. And it doesn't feel like a cemetery.
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Glasgow Necropolis
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If you like wandering round a cemetery then Glasgow's Necropolis is pretty amazing. Just to the East of the city centre, behind the Cathedral. It's massive and full of large impressive tombs. And it doesn't feel like a cemetery.
Entertainment & Activities
The Intu Soar centre has an indoor snow slope, a climbing wall and an aerial adventure course. There’s bowling, laser quest, a cinema and a games arcade. Not cheap, but loads to keep everyone happy under one roof.
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intu Braehead
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The Intu Soar centre has an indoor snow slope, a climbing wall and an aerial adventure course. There’s bowling, laser quest, a cinema and a games arcade. Not cheap, but loads to keep everyone happy under one roof.
Essentials
Queen Margaret Drive has lots of local shops you'll use - a Londis for everyday essentials, Anderson's the fruit and veg shop, two ATMs, Hippo Beers (craft beer) and the Wee Fish Market for fresh seafood and fish
Queen Margaret Drive
Queen Margaret Drive has lots of local shops you'll use - a Londis for everyday essentials, Anderson's the fruit and veg shop, two ATMs, Hippo Beers (craft beer) and the Wee Fish Market for fresh seafood and fish
Waitrose is a smart supermarket, about 10mins walk
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Waitrose & Partners
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Waitrose is a smart supermarket, about 10mins walk
A massive supermarket
Tesco Extra
A massive supermarket