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Introduction

Glasgow is only an hour by car from Lenymede Bed and Breakfast, or you may a bus direct from Callander or the train from Stirling. The city has much to offer the visitor including museums and art galleries such as the Burrell Collection, Pollock House, Haggs Castle, The Museum of Transport, McLellan Galleries, The St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, and the Gallery of Modern Art. There are theatres, concert halls, clubs, shopping centres, restaurants and bars.

Getting About

Getting about Glasgow and its environs could not be simpler there being extensive bus, taxi, train and underground services. The latter is the oldest metro in Europe and celebrated its centenary in December 1996; during 1997 two coaches in the original livery will be in operation and a centenary brochure will be available as well as mugs and T-shirts. For public transport travel just get a special ticket or Daycard from Strathclyde Passenger Transport; options include:

Day Tripper Ticket :
Unlimited travel for one day throughout most of the Strathclyde area. The cost, as of writing, for one adult and up to two children is £6.50, and for two adults and up to four children, £12.00.The ticket is valid on all local rail services out to about ten miles from the city centre and on the Glasgow Underground.
Glasgow Roundabout Ticket :
Unlimited travel for one day throughout most of the Strathclyde area. The cost, as of writing, for an adult is £3.00 and for a child is £1.50. For £5.50. The ticket is valid on all local rail services out to about ten miles from the city centre and on the Glasgow Underground.
Rural Daycard :
Take the bus, Post Bus and ferries to explore rural Strathclyde. Prices depend on the zones you visit.

Further information regarding may be obtained from the Travel Information Centre at Buchanan Bus Station. Alternatively pick up a tourist map from the Tourist Information Centre at George Square and take your own walk of discovery or take a guided walk.

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Places to Visit

To whet your appetite just a few are listed here.

The Burrell Collection

A purpose built building houses the collection of Sir William Burrell's collection of antiquities and art objects amassed by him form Iraq, Egypt, Greece and Italy, and mediaeval Europe. Combine a visit with one to the nearby Pollock House

The People's Palace

A museum dedicated to presenting the history of Glasgow from 1175 onwards. Open all year other than Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Entrance is free and there is a restaurant and a gift shop.

Fossil Park

Situated in Victoria Park, Fossil Grove has on display geological specimens of special scientific interest.

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Provand's Lordship

Originally built as the Manse for St. Nicholas Hospital in 1471, the building now contains a museum of period displays including a sweet shop and also has a medieval garden. Admission is free and the museum is open all year except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The Museum of Transport

A fine collection covering the history of transport on land and sea including bicycles, horse-drawn vehicles, trains, trams and buses. With a cafe and open all year other than Christmas Day and New Year's Day this is an excellent place to visit. Admission is free, there is a gift shop, guided tours and parking. Combine a visit with one to the nearby Pollock House.

This is a brilliant museum for anyone interested in transport. Highlights are a selection of trams, a hall full of model ships from ancient to modern, and a reconstructed period Glasgow street including an Underground train station and a cinema showing old amateur fillms. Excellent.

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The St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

Opened in 1993 this museum has three galleries devoted to art, world religions and religion in Scottish history. A special point of interest is Britain's only authentic Japanese Zen garden. Open all year other than Christmas Day and New Year's Day it has a restaurant and gift shop. Admission is free.

Pollock House

Built approximately 1752 with 20th century additions, the house is set in 361 acres of park and woodland. The house contains a fine collection of furniture and works of art from the collection of Sir William Stirling Maxwell. Admission is free, there are guided tours, a tea room, gift shop and ample parking. The house is open all year other than Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Combine a visit with one to the nearby Burrell Collection.

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Haggs Castle

Built in 1585 by John Maxwell it was abandoned in the 18th century and restored in the 19th century. The castle now houses period rooms, activities, exhibitions and displays aimed at young children with the aim of bringing history alive. The castle is open all year other than Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

McLellan Galleries

On Sauchiehall Street the McLellan Gallery houses temporary art exhibitions from all over the world. Check to see what's on.

Art Gallery and Museum

Set in a wonderful red sandstone building, the Art Gallery and Museum contains paintings by Botticelli, Dufy, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. You can also find examples of work by living artists; historic and modern silver, jewellery, glass and ceramics; European armour, swords and firearms.

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The Gallery of Modern Art

Newly opened in 1996 in the historic Royal Exchange building the museum houses exciting examples of modern art. Visit their web site Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Shopping

Glasgow is not short of opportunities for the shopper with all major stores represented. Visit Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street, Argyll Street, and the St. Enoch Centre. Shops include Littlewoods, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Burberry, Laura Ashley, Yaeger, Mappin and Webb, HMV, Virgin, and Dorothy Perkins.

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City Walks

The Scottish Tourist Guides Association provides two guided walks The Heart of Glasgow Walk and The Cathedral Walk over the period May to September. Very enjoyable.

Theatres, Concert Halls and Clubs

Theatres include The Royal, The King's, The Citizen's, The Cottier, The Pavilion, The Michell and The Tron, whilst for music there is the Concert Hall, The City Halls and the SECC which provides classical celebrity & pop concerts and exhibitions. Many clubs offer a range of entertainments including live folk music, jazz and pop.

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Restaurants and Pubs

Plenty on offer in the food and drinks department with food ranging from traditional Scottish cooking, seafood restaurants, and take-away fish and chip bars through Italian to Indian cuisines. Both The Burrell and The Gallery of Modern Art restaurants are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings offering excellent culinary experiences. For drinking there are numerous of bars and hotels at which to spend a pleasant evening.

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