Glasgow Travel Guide
Glasgow Local History
The great commercial growth of the community dates from the union of Scotland and England in 1707. The opening up of trade in the 18th century with the Americas (based largely on tobacco, and subsequently sugar and cotton) led to a major expansion of the city and its population. The dredging of the Clyde gradually created a deep-water port down-river from the city at Port Glasgow, capable of accommodating ocean-going vessels.
Glasgow developed from the early 19th century into a flourishing centre for iron and steel-making, heavy engineering, and shipbuilding, and by the turn of the century it was known as the 'Second City of the British Empire'. During World War II a considerable amount of damage was inflicted by German air raids which resulted in the decline and decay of the city. The city has since improved the environment and now has a reputation as a thriving business, cultural and tourist centre.
Architechture - Glasgow has been described as the finest surviving example of a great Victorian city. Of particular interest is George Square in the heart of the city on the north bank of the Clyde. The 18th century Glasgow Cathedral is the city's oldest house (c. 1471) and is now a museum. The cathedral is situated on high ground to the east of the city and dating in parts from the 12th century.
Museums and Galleries - There are numerous museums and galleries. The Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum at Kelvingrove attracts almost a million visitors a year. To mention just a few of interest; there is the Museum of Transport; the Hunterian Museum (Scotland's oldest public museum); the Hunterian Art Gallery; the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art; the People's Palace Museum; Tenement House (depicting living conditions in a city tenement in the early 20th century) and of course Haggs Castle.
The Baby Grand 3-7 Elmbank Garden Charing Cross. The Baby Grand at Charing Cross has been a Glasgow institution for almost 20 years and almost two decades on, The Baby Grand is still a favourite in Glasgow. Boasting a fantastic new cocktail and wine list and excellent food, Baby Grand Charing Cross is the place to be!
The Baby Grand Charing Cross regularly features live piano from Danny Thompson, Billy Finlayson &friends, Wed through to Saturday. Visit our events and offers section for forthcoming entertainment events.
Pre Theatre Menue 2 courses Available from 5pm until 7.00pm 7 days a week. £10.95
3 courses Available from 5pm until 7.00pm 7 days a week. £12.95
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Wander down the pedestrian shopping zones on Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyll Street, or the covered malls like Buchanan Galleries and the St Enoch Centre. Exclusivity is the theme of Princes Square, with its glass-roofed airy ambience, while the nearby Italian Centre is another parade of top fashion and designer labels. The Merchant City has its bars and cafes.
At the other end of the shopping scale, the Barras offers the flea-market experience, with the chance of a bargain always at the next stall.
Glasgow Parks & Gardens
Botanic Gardens - The city has numerous parks and ornamental open spaces, including the Botanic Gardens, which has a remarkable collection of orchids and tropical plants.
Glasgow Restaurants and Bars
78St Vincent - 78 St. Vincent St, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 248-7878 - Serves an eclectic range of Scottish cuisine from Highland venison to smoked duck salad with egg. Meals range from £7 to £22. The decor is stylish with it's slender interior, columns and wall length mural.
Arthouse Grill - ArtHouse Hotel, 129 Bath St., Glasgow, Tel: 0141/572-6002 - This elusive underground mix of grill restaurant and oyster bar with it's interior of oak, stained glass, and burgundy and bright blue fabrics is bold but tasteful. The menu has a wide variety from marinated tuna to quality burgers and steak dishes.
Cafe Gandolfi - 64 Albion St., Glasgow, Tel: 0141/552-6813 - A trendy cafe for the under-30 crowd. With it's wooden tables and chairs, the cafe opens early for breakfast, serving croissants, eggs en cocotte (casserole style), and espresso. The rest of the day the menu lists interesting soups, salads, and local specialties, all made with the finest Scottish produce. Don't miss the smoked venison or the finnan haddie (smoked haddock). Evenings are livened up with good beers and decent wines.
City Merchant - 97-99 Candleriggs St., Glasgow, Tel:: 0141/553-1577 - A purely Scottish restaurant is almost a novelty, and few can compare with this venue. The cooking is plain and simple, but makes use of the best ingredients. You can sample the freshest venison and steak in the land, but seafood remains the real attraction. The mussels and oysters from Loch Etive are wondrous, and the sea bass is renowned. There's a nice and relatively inexpensive selection of wines. A two-course set menus can cost £10.50 but if you have a penchant for fresh and honest cuisine, this place is a joy. No lunch on Sundays
Glasgow Bars & Clubs
Bar Bouzy - De Quincey House , 71 Renfield Street, Glasgow - Tel: 0141 353 5720 - Bar Bouzy is in the heart of Glasgow's bustling city centre. It offers the very best in stylish, vibrant interiors and is complimented by ambient, relaxing background music designed to suit most tastes. The atmosphere is fun, warm and welcoming, but definitely grown up.
Glasgow children's activities
Top 10 things to do in Glasgow for a weekend.
- George Square
- Botanic Gardens, Great Western Road
- Linn Park
- The Waverley
- Mercat Walks, George Square
Looking for organised tours in Glasgow?
- Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery Tour & Lunch
- Haunting Glencoe & Loch Ness & the Highlands
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