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Sightseeing in Glasgow Parks and Squares


Sightseeing in Glasgow

Parks and Squares

George Square
George Square is considered by many to be Glasgow's City Centre its a great place to start seeing the sights. The Square was designed and built in the late 19th century at the height of Glasgow's prosperity. The Victorian buildings, including the splendid City Chambers, are a grand reminder of yesteryear and are a point of pride for the city.

Merchant City
The area takes its name from the great traders of the 18th century whose warehouses were filled with the spoils of the British Empire; tobacco, sugar and rum. The entire area was a planned civic development of magnificent houses, shops and warehouses. In the last 15 years the area has undergone significant development with many of the warehouses being converted into stylish apartments and the growth of shops, bars and restaurants.

Townhead - Glasgow Cathedral District
The district around the Glasgow Cathedral is about 20 minutes walk from George Square. It is the oldest part of the city which grew up around the church first established by Saint Mungo (or Kentigern) at the beginning of the 7th century.

Guided Tours

Scot Tracks Tour Guides
22 Donibristle Gardens
Dalgety Bay
Fife KY11 9NQ
Tel:+44 01383 820 208
Website: Scot Tracks Tours

Mercat Glasgow Horror Walking Tours
Award winning Mercat Tours is organised and conducted by university-trained historians who offer tours called Horror Walking Tour and Historical Glasgow.
Tel: +44 0131 557 6464
Website: Mercat Glasgow

City Sightseeing Glasgow
Open-top sightseeing bus tours within the city of Glasgow.
Scotguide Tourist Services
153 Queen Street
Glasgow G1 3BJ
Tel: +44 0141 204 0444
Fax: +44 0141 248 6582
Website: City Sightseeing Glasgow

Historic Buildings

Glasgow Glasgow, he grew up to be one of the finest architects and designers of the art nouveau movement. His professional career as an architect spanned the early years of his life and all his buildings were created before his 40th birthday. Glasgow hosts 12 separate Mackintosh sites the most famous of which are the Glasgow School, of Art, the Queens Cross Church and the Willow Tea Rooms.

The Glasgow School of Art
Probably CRM's most famous building, the Glasgow School of Art occupies a full block in central Glasgow and is delicately embellished with art nouveau decoration.
167 Renfrew Street
Glasgow G3 6RQ
Tel: +44 0141 353 4526
F: +44 0141 353 4526
Email: shop@gsa.ac.uk

Website: Glasgow School of Art

The Lighthouse and former Glasgow Herald Building
1This building purpose built for the Glasgow Herald newspaper now houses The Lighthouse with the Mackintosh Interpretation Centre with interactive architectural exhibitions.
The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow G1 3NU
Tel: +44 0141 221 6362
Tel: +44 0141 225 8414 (Exhibitions/Events information)
Fax: +44 0141 221 6395
: The Lighthouse

The Queens Cross Church
The only church designed by Mackintosh to be built. Huge stained glass and remarkable relief carving in wood and stonework. Mackintosh also designed the Communion table and chairs, pulpit, and pews. It is now home to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society headquarters.
CRM Society
870 Garscube Road
Glasgow G20 7EL
Tel: +44 0141 946 6600
F: +44 0141 945 2321
: The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society

Glasgow Cathedral
The city's oldest cathedral is dedicated to St Mungo who established a church on the site at the beginning of the 7th century. The cathedral is Glasgow's best example of mediaeval architecture but has not had a bishop since the Reformation in 1689 when Presbyterianism became the religion of Scotland. The cathedral was probably built in the 12th -13th centuries and has a wooden roof which probably dates from the 14th century.
Website: Glasgow Cathedral

Provand's Lordship
Glasgow's oldest house dates from 1471 and was built as part of the Hospital of St. Nicholas and is all that now remains of that institution. The house is built in simple but beautiful stone rubble and today houses a museum. At the back of the house there is a mediaeval style physic garden.
3 Castle Street
Glasgow G4 0RB
Tel: +44 0141 552 8819
Fax: +44 0141 552 4744

Parks and Gardens

Botanic Gardens
The gardens are set into large parklands in the West End of Glasgow and feature several huge glasshouses.
730 Great Western Road
at Queen Margaret Drive
Glasgow G12 0UE

Kelvingrove Park
Kelvingrove Park is bordered by Sauchiehall Street, Woodlands Road and Kelvin Way and is 85 hectares in size. Named after the River Kelvin, which runs through it, the park was laid out in 1852 by Sir Joseph Paxton.
Otago Street
West End
Tel: +44 141 334 6363

Pallack Country Park
This is Central Glasgow's largest park and home to a huge array of birds and small animals. The gardens were created by Sir John Stirling Maxwell. Wander along woodland walks and meadow trails to the Burrell Collection and Pollack House.
2060 Pollokshaws Road
Neighborhood: South Side
Tel: +44 141 632 9299
Fax: +44 141 649 2477

In General

Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre is Scotland's flagship Millennium Project. Housed in three stunning buildings at Pacific Quay on the Clyde, GSC brings science and technology to life through hundreds of interactive exhibits in the Science Mall and the unique experiences of the GSC IMAX® Theatre and the Glasgow Tower. Open seven days a week and all the year round, GSC provides hours of fun for all the family; one trip just isn't enough!
50 Pacific Quay
Glasgow G51 1EA
Tel: +44 141 420 5000
Fax: +44 141420 5011

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