Glasgow Botanic Gardens

730 Great Western Road, 334 2422. Dawn till dusk. Free. This 19th century garden and glasshouses are home to an interesting and educational selection of plants, as well as featuring in the film Jude. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art Listings page 91.

Glasgow Cathedral

Cathedral Street, 552 8198. Mon—Fri 9.30am—1pm & 2—6pm; Sun 2—5pm. Free. A stone-built church has stood on this site since 1136 and the lower church contains the shrine of St Mungo, who died in 1603; however most of the present building dates from the 13th or 15th centuries, the most notable exception being the stained- glass windows, renowned as one of the finest post-war collections in the country.

Glasgow School of Art

The Mackintosh Gallery, 167 Renfrew Street, 353 4500. Tours Mon—Fri 11am & 2pm; Sat 10.30am & 11.30am. £5 (£3). Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architectural masterpiece, Glasgow School of Art is still a working art school, but also provides guided tours for visitors, taking you through the Board Room, Furniture Gallery and Mackintosh Library.

Greenbank Garden

Flenders Road, Clarkston, 639 3281. Daily 10am—5pm. £3 (£2). This walled garden, tucked away in the Glasgow suburbs, contains a wealth of interesting plants and flowers as well as woodland walks, a glasshouse and water displays. The garden’s house, an 18th century tobacco merchant’s home, is open for viewing on Sunday afternoons (Apr—Oct), subject to function bookings.

Museum Of Transport

Kelvin Hall, 1 Burnhouse Road, 287 2720. Mon—Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Free. A museum crammed with buses, trams, fire engines, ships and other paraphernalia, devoted to the history of transport. Permanent exhibitions include Shipbuilding On The River Clyde, a large mural by David McFarlane; Walking Drum, an interactive sculpture by Stephen Healy; and Victims Of Transport by Justin Carter. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art Listings page 91.

People's Palace 8. Winter Garden Glasgow Green, 554 0223. Mon—Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Glasgow’s best-loved institution has recently undergone a major facelift to celebrate its centenary year. The new displays are set out thematically with subjects including The Patter, Visions Of Tlte City and Crime And Punishment. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art Listings page 91.

Pollok House

Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 616 6410. Mon—Sun 10am—5pm. £3.20 (£2.20); family ticket £8.60. One of the most elegant 18th century buildings in the country, this historic house features some of the finest Spanish paintings in Britain from the collection of Sir William Stirling Maxwell.

Scotland Street School Museum Museum Of Education, 225 Scotland Street, 287 0500. Mon—Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Free. Closed until July 2000. Designed in 1904 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and now home to archive material on education in Scotland from 1872 onwards. Reconstructed classrooms give a flavour of Victorian, Edwardian, World War II and 19605 school days.

Holmwood House

61—63 Netherlee Road, Cathcart, Glasgow, 637 2129. Daily 1.30—5.30pm. £3.20 (£2.20). Designed by the famed 19th century architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, this house is an excellent example of his classical style. Investigation is also underway to recover the original interior decoration, again based on classical themes.

House For An Art Lover

Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbrcck Road, 353 4773. £3.50 (£2.50). Initially designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a competition in 1901, this unfinished work has been completed by modern-day architects and designers in true Mackintosh style.

For opening times, call info line 0141 353 4449. Art Lover’s Cafe and Shop open 10am—5pm daily. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art Listings page 91.

Hunterian Museum

University Avenue, 330 4221. Mon—Sat 9.30am—5pm. Free. Dating from 1807, the Hunterian is Scotland’s oldest public museum it lost its artworks in 1980 with the opening of the purpose-built art gallery in the grounds, but it is still home to a collection of the university’s treasures.

Mugdock Country Park

Craigallan Road, Milngavie, 956 6100. Free. This country park on the north east side of the city has a full programme of ranger activities as well as numerous woodland paths and walkways. The visitor centre is open 9am—5pm every day of the year. Call for more details on the opening times of the gift shop and crafts unit. or for a full itinerary of countryside events.

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Springburn Museum

Atlas Square, Ayr Street, 557 1405. Tue—Fri 10.30am—5pm; Sat 10am—4.30pm. Free. By use of photographs and artefacts, arts and crafts, the museum brings to life the social and industrial history of the north of Glasgow illustrated by two permanent exhibitions Made In The North and Springburn Park, Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life And Art

2 Castle Street, 553 2557. Mon—Thu & Sat lOam—Spm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Free. A museum of world faiths, featuring a Zen garden, priceless art works from the world’s six major religions, Dali’s Christ OfSaint John Of The Cross and the story of religion in Scotland through words and pictures.

Tenement House

145 Buccleuch Street, Garnethill, 333 0183. Daily 2—5pm. £3 (£2). This typical Victorian tenement flat of 1892 provides a fascinating look at Glasgow life during the first halfof the 20th century.

The Tall Ship At Glasgow Harbour 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631. Daily 10am—5pm. £3.50 (£2.95); accompanied children free. Find out about Glasgow’s maritime heritage on-board the S.V. Glenlee, the only Clyde-built sailing ship still afloat in the UK. Visitors can

I explore the boat or talk to the crew, and there’s a range of children’s activities. On-shore, there is a restaurant in the restored Pumphouse as well as a permanent exhibition space. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art Listings page 91.


sprout EVENTS Festivals Leith Festival Sat 10—Sat 17 Jun, various venues, Leith, 554 4890. A fun-filled week of activities, including sports, walks, puppet shows and music, which kicks off with Leith Pageant and Gala Day on Sat 10 Jun at Leith Links.


Psychic and Healing Fair Sat 10 Jun, noon—8pm. £2 (£1.50). Bruntsfield Primary School, 12 Montpelier, Bruntsfield, 226 7601. Body & Soul are the organisers of this fair, featuring tarot, clairvoyance, astrology, reiki and many other com limentary thera ies. Antique Collector's Fair Sun 18 Jun, 10am—5pm. Meadowbank Sports Centre, 139 London Road, 661 5351. Scotfairs invite you to purchase some antiques and goodies for our home.

Royal High and Show Thu 22—Sun 25 Jun, 8am—7pm. Royal Highland Centre, lngliston, 333 3036. The spectacular highlight of Scotland’s country calendar, with a Scottish food exhibition, pedigree livestock, flower show, show jumping, craft fair and the amazing sight of JCV diggers dancing.


Scottish Organic Show Thu 22—Sun 25 Jun, 8am—7pm. Royal Highland Centre, lngliston, 333 3036. The first-ever Scottish Organic Show brings together producers, retailers and experts with talks and tastings to bring you up to date with what’s new in the world of organics.


Cafe Philosophique Thu 15 Jun, 7—9pm. Institut Francais d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, 225 5366. Your chance to pour forth opinions on a variety of subjects at these lively debates. This week’s discussion is entitled Culture and the State: The Politics of A rtistic Practice, and will pose some pertinent questions about state funding for the arts. Jeremy Spake Wed 21 Jun, 1pm. £3. Festival Theatre, 13—29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. Catapulted out of the travel industry and into the public eye following his appearance on BBC TV’s Airport, Spake gives a lively talk about his new found role in television.

Other Events

Big Time American Wrestling Sat 17 Jun, 2pm & 7pm. £8—£10 (£5). Playhouse, 18—22 Greenside Place, 0870 6063424. Get ready to rumble as some huge wrestlers step into the ring.


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car park beside Holyrood Palace.

also possible to arrange group tours.

OK, so you know that Holyrood Park belongs to the queen; you may even know that it was a haven for debtors in centuries gone by and houses a small abbey, the remains of which can still be seen today, but what do you know about its violent geological origins over 400 million years ago?

Geowalks does exactly what it says on the tin: you walk round the park and learn some of the secrets of its geology en route. However, those of you who feel less than enthusiastic about the subject of rocks might be pleasantly surprised. Not only did the father of geology, James Hutton, develop his ground-breaking theories at this very site, adding a nice human interest angle, but your guide, Angus Miller, also explains how the geological landscape has had a pivotal role in creating the city we know and love today. Oh, and there are some fine views.

The Thursday and Sunday tours take in both the summit of Arthur’s Seat and a walk round Salisbury Crags so the going can get tough anyone with a reasonable level of fitness should find it a breeze though. The more lazy among you may prefer the Friday route, which cuts out the Arthur's Seat ascent altogether, taking in the remaining highlights at a more leisurely pace. (Abi

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How much it costs £5.50 (£4.50); children 5-16 £2.50, under 55 free. To book ca// 0731 555 5488 or visit wwwgeowa/