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I Entertainments Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. 227 551 1. Sells tickets and carries information about the city‘s many cultural events. Expect to queue. though.
I Media Radio Clyde‘s cheery presenters churn out pop‘n‘pap on 261 metres/1152 kllz Medium Wave and 202.5 FM Stereo.
I Tourist information Greater Glasgow Tourist Board. 35 St Vincent Place. 227 4880. provides a variety of services including theatre bookings and sells some unusually tasteful souvenirs.
I Transport The Travel Information Centre at St Enoch Square (next to the Underground station) has full information on trains. buses and the Underground. Open 9.30am—5.30pm Mon—Sat. closed Sun. The information phoneline (226 4826) is open 7 days. 7am—midnight (Mon—Sat). 9am—9pm (Sun).
Things To See
Admission tree. except where stated.
I City Chambers George Square. 2219600. Although a principle edifice of typical austerity. it contains fascinating murals depicting the evolution of Glasgow into the Merchant City. Guided tours Mon . Tues. Wed and Fri at 10.30am and 2.30pm (NALGO action permitting! ).
With 1990 just around the corner, Glasgow is grooming itself to be Scotland’s cultural capital. This List round-up will help you find your way into a vivacious city.
I Fossil Grove Victoria Park. Clydeside Expressway. A chance to revisit the city‘s prehistory. in this natural museum of well preserved fossils. Open 8.15am-8.45pm Mon-Fri; noon—8. 15pm Sat. Sun.
I Haggs Castle 100 St Andrews Drive. 427 2725 — ideal for a family visit. this children‘s museum is packed full of displays to entertain the kids. Dressing up available. Open Mon—Sat
I Kihble Palace Botanic Gardens. Queen Margaret Drive/Great Western Road. Hothouse exotica thrive in this magniﬁcent glass house. which captures all the splendour ofthe Victorian age. nestling among the neat lawns ofthe Botanics. Plants grow round posing statues and
' goldfish ponds. providing
a verdant venue for a leisurely stroll. Or you can take a promenade alongside the River Kelvin Walkway ifyou are nimble enough to dodge the throng oflunchtime joggers. Glass houses open Mon—Sat 10am—7.45pm. Sun 1pm—4.45pm.
I Museum of Transport Dumbarton Road. 357
| 3929. Something to
delight everyone in this
| hall packed with gleaming
fire engines. trams and trains. model ships. penny
I farthings and motorbikes.
Includes an old-fashioned
‘ swanky car showroom and
a reconstructed cobbled Victorian street. A colourful documentation of the dominant modes of
transport in the city. Open
I Provand's Lordship Castle Street. 552 8819. Opposite Glasgow Cathedral. This is the oldest house in Glasgow. built in 1471 and a nifty bijou residence it is too. They don‘t make ‘em like this anymore. Decor is strictly authentic Auld Iloose style with period room displays and 17th
century Scottish furniture.
Open Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2pm—5pm. I 8.8.Waverley Anderston Quay. 221 8152. Go ‘Doon ‘Ra Water‘ on the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Trips leave for Dunoon on the Argyll Coast and Rothesay on the island of Bute every weekend with onboard entertainment (mostly middle ofthe road — or rather middle of the river — music). Sails from Anderston Quay Fri. Sat 10am;Sun 11am. Rothesay £9.95; Dunoon £7.95; all OAPs £5.95 (Fri only); all children £2.95. I Third Eye Centre 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521 . Trendy arts centre which is the hub ofavant garde activity in Glasgow. Theatre and gallery space with vegetarian cafe and book/print shop. Closed
on Mondays. Open Tue—Sat 10am—5.30pm; Sun 2—5.30pm. 10WASPS 26 King Street. 5520564. One ofthe most exciting galleries in Glasgow. promoting local artists. Includes exhibition space. resource centre. slide library and a shop which sells affordable prints— perhaps the most aesthetic mementos of a visit to the city. Open 9am-5pm Mon—Fri. Closed Sat. Sun. Browsing and Buying The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow offers a marvellous array of shopping facilities. Ogle at St Enoch‘s Centre. the huge. brand-new, glass-facaded mall which now dominates the city centre: ‘visual pollution‘ or elegant futurism? Decide for yourself. and try a wander inside. The usual fashion chains line Argyle. Buchanan and Sauchiehall Streets‘ busy pedestrian precincts. Elsewhere: I The Barras Gallowgate. Glasgow‘s official open-air and covered market is full ofbargains. and usually of people. Salesmen ply their wares with Glaswegian
intensity. but you have to look hard to find the real treasures. The Square Yard is a good place to start. Open 9am—5.30pm Sat. Sun.
I De Courcy's Arcade 5—21 Cresswell Lane. Off Byres Road. in the studenty/arty West End oftown this contains a variety of quirky shops. selling knick knacks and craft works. Upstairs features an astrologist. Lost in Music records with its second-hand bargain bins and Filmworld. which sells a vast array ofmovie memorabilia. Open 10am—6pm Mon—Sat; 2pm—5pm Sun.
I Paddy's Market Bridgegate. If you want to see the real Glasgow. ignore the tourist guides and get down to Paddy‘s. People offer practically anything for sale here. from plaster lobsters (slightly used) to nylon underpants (brand new. by the way). You may not find everything you want to buy: what you will find is good humour and plenty to look at. Open around 9am-4pm. Mon—Sat.
I Princes Square Buchanan Street. A sumptous development of designer shops. whose range covers everything from designer fashion to kitchenware. Nonetheless. there is something to please every taste in window shopping. a fair proportion of affordable goods. and a wide range of catering to please different tastes and purses. Certainly worth a gander‘s for the extraordinary and elegant design. which has some stunning features. including glass elevators. Mackintosh-inspired
wrought ironwork and a magnificent Foucault pendulum. There is also regular live music in the central court on Sunday and Thursday afternoons. Shops open 10am—7pm Mon-Sat; 11.30am—«1.30pm Sun; restaurantsopen Ham—midnight (not Sun).
IAir Glasgow Airport. Paisley. 887 1111. Full information on all ﬂights. I Buses Anderston Bus Station. Argyle Street. 248 7432 serves local and south-western routes; Buchanan Street Bus Station (including (‘itylink coaches) 332 9644 serves national routes and Edinburgh. The Edinburgh service (which also picks up at the West End and (‘orstorphine) is on the hour and halfhour. ending at 11.30pm 7 days. The fare is £2.70single; £3.60return.
Local buses are hard to predict since deregulation. but endless timetables are available from the Travel Information ('entre. and there should be several routes to meet your needs. Faresaround 25p~£1 within the city
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