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Glasgow .. Cool At Last

A July 2001 trip to Glasgow by golondon

Millennium Hotel Glasgow Photo, Glasgow, Scotland More Photos
Quote: After the past 10 days of unusual heat all over England, we were thrilled to find Glasgow cool enough to warrant a sweater. Three days in Glasgow allowed us to see just enough to know we had to come back for at least a week.

Glasgow .. Cool At Last

Overview

George's Square  Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Glasgow Cathedral, St. Mungo Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Hunterian, the Charles Rennie McIntosh House, the Willow Tea Rooms. Much too much to really see in just three days. The concierge at the Millenium Glasgow wore the most beautifully tailored suit; the yellow stripes in the vest were perfectly aligned with the yellow stripes in the pants. Quick Tips: Take the Guide Friday Open Top Bus Tour first, then go back and visit the places that interest you most. Never trust your photos to a throw away camera.Best Way To Get Around: The Guide Friday bus route hits all the high spots and is an inexpensive 5GBPs per day. Taxis were relatively inexpensive for 3-4 passengers. Walking...Read More

Millennium Hotel Glasgow

Hotel | "Millenium Hotel Glasgow"

Millennium Hotel Glasgow Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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A modern, 117 room Millenium hotel, very clean, large rooms, air conditioned, and a terrific location right on George Square. The large rooms had color satellite tv, coffee/tea maker, plenty of closet space and drawers, and the whitest bathroom I''ve ever seen. The staff couldn''t have been more helpful. One of our group left her purse and passport on the train and did not discover it until almost midnight. The manager said he would take care of locating it and called before 7:00am the next morning to say the purse and passport had been found on the train (the cash was gone but everything else was there). The room included breakfast was excellent. The hotel has two restaurants and two lounges or...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2001

Millennium Hotel Glasgow
GEORGE SQUARE
Glasgow, Scotland
44-0141-332-6711

Antipasti

Restaurant

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Antipasti was recommended by our concierge so we piled in to two taxis and zipped off to the restaurant. It was very modern Italian, rather romantic with soft lighting and the most delicious aromas hit us at the front door. Each of us (there were 9!) ordered something different and each of us said it was the best Italian food we'd ever had...and some of us have been to Italy. The prices were moderate and the servings generous. Service was superb. And the desserts were phenomenal!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2001

Antipasti
337 Byres Road
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8UQ
+44 141 337 2737

Sizzlers Steakhouse

Restaurant | "Sizzlin' Steakhouse"

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Even though it was raining, we walked the block and a half from the hotel on George Square to the Sizzlin' Steakhouse. Again recommended by the hotel staff, we looked forward to a Scottish beef or salmon dinner and were not disappointed. The beef could be cut with a fork and was cooked to perfection. The salmon was pink and flakey and delicious.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2001

Sizzlers Steakhouse
79 Albion Street
Glasgow, Scotland G1 1NY
+44 141 552 4200

Gregg's

Restaurant

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Directly opposite the Millenium Hotel Glasgow, just across George Square, next door to the Tourist Information Centre, is Gregg's, a bakery and hot food take-away. It's a very popular place with locals as well as tourists, so get in line and wait your turn. There is no place to sit, so all food is either taken away or eaten standing in George Square. Marvelous pastries filled with gooey custard, egg salad sandwiches, hot meat pasties, and coffee, tea and hot chocolate. I had a delicious chicken and onion pie and hot chocolate for about $2.55 US.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2001

Gregg's
George Square
Glasgow, Scotland

Waxy O'Connor's

Restaurant | "Waxy O'Connors"

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This modern pub is a maze of 3 steps up, 4 steps down, around the corner and up another 6 steps, doorways with no doors, Gothic arches and stained glass windows. We didn't realize it was a pub until we'd entered the maze and climbed stairs, then were told for service we had to go to the bar. So back down the steps to order, then back up the steps to our table. It was actually quite fun. The music was jazzy and not too loud. The locals were friendly and asked about our trip and were quite interested to find we were from Texas. The food was good without being memorable, arrived hot and plentiful.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 5, 2001

Waxy O'Connor's
46 West George Street
Glasgow, Scotland G2 1DH
(0141) 354-5154

Guide Friday Bus tour

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Attraction

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The Guide Friday Bus Tour in Glasgow is a must for first time visitors. The tour starts at George Square, so it was very convenient for us. Although you can get off at each stop, then reboard the next bus to continue the tour, we decided to ride the entire tour before we got off to investigate. We took the West Loop Tour first, which drove by and/or stopped at Kelvingrove Art Museum and Gallery, the Glasgow Transport Museum, Glasgow University, the Hunterian, the McIntosh House, Tenement House and the Academy of Music & Drama. Back at George Square, we changed buses for the East Loop Tour. We saw Glasgow Cathedral, St. Mungo Museum of Relgion, People's Palace and the Clyde River. We got off long ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2001

Guide Friday Bus tour
George Square and others
Glasgow, Scotland

Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum

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Attraction | "Hunterian Art Gallery"

Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Across the street from the Hunterian Museum, the Art Gallery, also part of the University of Glasgow, is an extremely nice gallery. The main exhibition was of James McNeil Whistler's paintings, pastels and prints. The only painting of his I had ever seen was "Whistler's Mother" but these were very different. There was also a very small Rembrandt, Knoninck, Chardin and Stubbs. There was a major display of the Scottish Colourists, Fergusson, Peploe, Cadell and Hunter, which was very good. I had never heard of the Colourists but I really liked them. Also located at the Hunterian Gallery is the Charles Rennie McIntosh House. It is three stories tall and quite interesting, even to someone who has ne...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2001

Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ
+44 (141) 330 5431

Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum

Attraction | "Hunterian Museum"

Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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This small eclectic museum was housed in Bute Hall at the University of Glasgow. Entered through a series of arches much like a cathedral crypt, the Victorian stairway up to the first floor was beautiful. The museum has a variety of Roman coins, a cannon ball, Roman armor, a few astrological exhibits and, their main claim to fame, the "Lucy" skeleton. Lucy was found by Dr. Leakey in Africa and was thought to be the oldest human skeleton. I was amazed at how tiny "Lucy" was. You can see everything they have in about an hour.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2001

Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ
+44 (141) 330 5431

Glasgow Cathedral (St. Mungo's Cathedral)

Attraction | "Glasgow Cathedral"

Glasgow Cathedral (St. Mungo's Cathedral) Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Glasgow Cathedral is small in comparison to St. Paul's or Salisbury or Westminster Abbey, but quite beautiful. It's relatively unadorned by statues and plaques since it's John Knox's church. The building itself is full of arches and vaulted ceilings and bosses and stained glass; plenty of decoration in the architecture. St. Mungo's (also called Saint Kentigern) tomb is there, draped with a sumptuous embroidered cloth. The 15th century Sacristy is especially nice. I found it encouraging that next door to this 15c. room was a modern day Sunday School with pictures of the young Jesus, colored by the children and proudly signed, decorating the walls. Outside the cathedral is the graveyard, filled wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2001

Glasgow Cathedral (St. Mungo's Cathedral)
Castle Street
Glasgow, Scotland G4 0RH
+44 141 552 6891

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

Attraction | "St. Mungo Museum of Religion"

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The St. Mungo Museum of Religion is housed in a new (1996) three-storey building that looks as old as the cathedral. It's big treasure is Dali's "Christ of St. John on the Cross" which has place of honor in the main ground floor room. The other exhibits are bits and pieces of all kinds of religions, but nothing very exciting. Be sure to take the elevator up to the second storey (their 1st floor) and look through the floor to ceiling window. The view of the Cathedral and the Victoria necropolis is magnificent. On the top floor, there is a small 'hands on' area where you can try on various religious head gear and make a rubbing of a Celtic cross.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2001

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
2 Castle Street
Glasgow, Scotland G4 0RH
+44 141 553 2557

Provand's Lordship

Attraction

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Directly across the street from Glasgow Cathedral and St. Mungo's Museum of Religion is this oddly named sight. Provand's Lordship is the oldest house in Glasgow, built in either 1456 or 1471. It's very dark, low ceilinged and interesting. Behind the house is Nicholas Garden, a cloistered garden with a physic section and a knot garden.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 5, 2001

Provand's Lordship
3 Castle Street
Glasgow, Scotland G4 0RH
+44 141 552 8819