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Glasgow Guide Introduction
pizza(2009/11/14 5:52:09)  点击:22689  回复:6  
There's an old saying that Edinburgh is the capital but Glasgow has the capital. This dates back to the late 19th century, when Glasgow was the "Second City of the Empire". It was a thriving, cultivated city grown rich on the profits from its cotton mills, coal mines and shipyards, and a city that knew how to flaunt its wealth.

The heavy industries have long gone, but Glasgow has lost none of its energy and excitement, and its people possess a style and swagger that makes their Edinburgh counterparts look staid and stuffy by comparison.

Just take a stroll round the revived Merchant City or along Byres Road in the West End, and sit in one the countless stylish bars and restaurants, and you'll witness a degree of posing that is Continental in its fervency.

The licensing laws may not be continental but they're more liberal than they are in London and the atmosphere is infused with those vital Glasgow ingredients missing from so many large British cities - warmth and humour.

Glasgow is without doubt the friendliest of Britain's large cities. Perhaps that's because it doesn't feel British. Glasgow is often described as European in character; for the remarkable diversity of its architecture, for the accessibility of its art, and for the optimism and openness of its people.

It is also compared with North America; for its grid street system and for the wisecracking of its streetwise citizens.


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pizza(2009/11/14 5:53:14)  
Travelling Around Glasgow


Air
Glasgow International Airport is the main departure point in Scotland for flights to North America. There are also regular flights to several European destinations and many domestic flights. There are also flights to Glasgow Prestwick. For airline addresses and phone numbers, see 'Directory'.

Bus
Scottish Citylink has buses to most major towns in Scotland. There are buses to Edinburgh every 15 mins (1 1/4 hrs, £3 single); hourly buses to Stirling (45 mins, £3.60) and Inverness (4 hrs, £14); 15 buses daily to Aberdeen (4 hrs, £15); 4 daily to Oban (3 hours, £11.20); 4-5 daily to Fort William (3 hrs, £11.80); 3 daily to Portree (7 hrs, £20); and hourly to Perth (1 hrs, £7.50) and Dundee (2 1/4 hrs, £8). Midland Bluebird (Tel. 01324-613777) runs buses to Milngavie, at the start of the West Highland Way (30 mins, £1.50).

Train
Scotrail also operates the West Highland line from Queen Street north to Oban (3 daily, 3 hrs), Fort William (3 daily, 3 3/4 hrs) and Mallaig (3 daily, 5 1/4 hrs). ScotRail also run services to Edinburgh (every 30 mins, 50 minutes, £7.50 cheap day return), Perth (hourly, 1 hr), Dundee (hourly, 1 hr 20 mins), Aberdeen (hourly, 2 hrs), Stirling (hourly, 30 mins) and Inverness (3 daily, 3 hrs).

Pleasure Steamer
Why not go back in time and take a leisurely trip on the Waverley Paddle Steamer built on the Clyde in 1947. Cruises start from mid April and run through to mid October visiting many destinations on the Clyde and the western isles including Oban and Tiree.

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pizza(2009/11/14 5:54:49)  
Local Glasgow Transport

Bus
Bus Routes are shown on the Visitor's Transport Guide. For short trips in the city fares are £0.80. On most buses you'll need to have exact change. After midnight, till 0400, there's a limited night bus service (more frequent at weekends). Full details from Travel Centres. A good way to get around town is to buy a ticket for one of the guided bus tours.

Taxi
There are taxi ranks at Central and Queen Street train stations and Buchanan bus station. To call a cab, try Glasgow Wide TOA (Tel: 3326666), who also run city tours. Minimum fare around the city centre is £1.50-2. To the Burrell collection from the city centre (about three miles) should cost around £6-7.

Train
Trains leave from Glasgow Central mainline station to all destinations south of the Clyde, including to Greenock (for ferries to Dunoon), Wemyss Bay (for ferries to Rothesay), Ardrossan (for ferries to Arran) and to Prestwick airport. There's a low-level station below Central station which connects the southeast of the city with the northwest. This cross-city line serves the SECC and a branch runs north to Milngavie, at the start of the West Highland Way. There's also a line from Queen Street which runs west all the way to Helensburgh, via Partick and Dumbarton. Branches of this line run to Balloch, at the south end of Loch Lomond, and Milngavie.

Underground
Underground Locals affectionately call it the "Clockwork Orange, as there's only one circular route serving 15 stops and the trains are bright orange. It's easy to use and there's a flat fare of £0.90, or you can buy a day ticket for £2.50. Trains run roughly every 5-8 mins from approximately 0630 till 2235 Mon-Sat and from 1100 till 1750 on Sun.


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pizza(2009/11/14 5:55:44)  
Entertainment in Glasgow

It's been a few years now since Glasgow was chosen as 'City of Culture' but the legacy lives on and the city continues to enjoy a wide span of art, theatre, film and music.

The majority of the larger theatres, concert halls and cinemas are concentrated in the city centre, though its two most renowned theatres, the Citizens' and the Tramway, are to be found south of the Clyde.

Details of all the city's events are listed in the two local newspapers, The Herald and the Evening Times. Another excellent source of information is the fortnightly listings magazine The List, which also covers Edinburgh and which is on sale in most newsagents.

To book tickets for concerts or theatre productions, call at the Ticket Centre, City Hall, Candleriggs (open Mon-Sat 0900-1800; Sun 1200-1700). Phone bookings Tel: 2874000 (Mon-Sat 0900-2100; Sun 0900-1800).

Note that some of the live music venues don't have their own box office. For tickets and information go to Tower Records, on Argyle St, Tel: 2045788.

When it comes to nightlife, Glasgow is a city of energy and passion. Its club scene is amongst the most vibrant in the UK.

Opening times are pretty much the same all over with doors opening from 2300-0300.

Entry costs vary from £2-5 for smaller mainstream clubs and £5-10 for the bigger venues, up to £20 for some of the special club nights with top class Djs.

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pizza(2009/11/14 5:56:36)  
Shopping in Glasgow Guide

Glasgow is a shopaholic's paradise. The best city in the UK after London provides endless opportunities for retail therapy. Merchant City is the home of the Italian Centre Glasgow's most upmarket shopping area.

This is the home of Armani and Versace, as well as some other upmarket shops, cafés and restaurants. There's also a branch of Cruise on Ingram St. Not far away is Innhouse on Wilson St, which has lots of contemporary designer homeware by names like Alessi. Hutcheson's Hall on Ingram St (see above) is a good place for original crafts by Scottish designers. The art galleries on King St like Glasgow Print Studio (see sights above) are all good places in which to seek out new and original artworks.

Also on King St, in Kings Court, is ESD, which sells funky ladies clothing and retro designs. And of course there's The Barras, The Barras Centre, London Rd (Sat, Sun 0900-1700), Glasgow's famous East End market with over 1000 traders flogging their wares. Worth coming if only to hear their patter.

On Buchanan St the possiblities are endless. You can not only find all the usual high street stores, but designer names and some specialist stores. At the top of Buchanan St, just minutes from Queen St station, is the city's newest shopping centre Buchanan Galleries

Along Buchanan St itself you'll find plenty of good clothes and shoe shops like Press and Bastyan, Diesel, Hobbs and Office.

Trendies will also want to check out Urban Outfitters which is full of '70s items and retro gear. There's also a Fraser's department store and a large branch of Graham Tiso, the outdoor shop, which has 5 floors of boots, waterproofs and anything else you'll need for exploring the hills. If you've set your heart on a kilt make for Hector Russell, kiltmakers who also do kilts for hire. Booklovers won't find any of these shops however as they'll be blissfully browsing in the large branch of Borders

Also on Buchanan St is the extremely stylish Princes Square Clothes and shoe shops include Karen Millen, French Connection, Calvin Klein, Pied a Terre and Phase Eight for women and Ted Baker, Hugo and Lacoste for men. For unusual gifts there's Illuminati and for cosmetics and perfumes there's Space NK Apothecary and Penhaligons

Off Buchanan St is the Argyll Arcade a specialist shopping centre with over 30 jewellery shops. For more standard high street chains there is the St Enoch shopping centre at the very bottom of Buchanan St, and there's also Argyle St which again has high street stores. On Howard St is the famous and enormous menswear store Slaters which has become something of a Glasgow institution. If you like designer clothing but don't want to pay full price, go to Designer Exchange, off 17 Royal Exchange Sq near Rogano. It has loads of nearly new designer clothes, samples and accessories. Tue-Sat. There are also branches of T K Maxx on Sauchiehall St and in the St Enoch Centre, which are great places for seeking out designer goods at very low prices.

The West End is a great place for browsing as it's full of quirky, off beat shops. There are several good jewellery shops. Bethsy Gray is a jewellery designer with a shop/workshop in Starry Starry Night on Dowanside Rd. She specializes is working with silver.

Orro on Bank St is a sleek contemporary jewellers'. You can also find jewellery, as well as antiques, pottery, 'Glasgow Style' artefacts etc in De Courcey's Arcade in Cresswell La, which has a brilliant selection of goods from different traders.

If you're a booklover there are plenty of good second hand bookshops to explore. Bookpoint, on Hyndland Rd has lots of books on Scotland and Glasgow, while Voltaire and Rousseau on Otago St is an old established antiquarian bookstore. For academic books there's a branch of John Smith and Son on University Av. Also worth trying is the Oxfam bookshop on Byres Rd.

There are several great delis around here full of treats to help you put together a delicious picnic if the weather's good. North Star Provisions on Queen Margaret Dr has Portuguese specialities, while Ian Mellis, on Great Western Rd is a wonderful cheese shop full of unusual varieties of cheese ranging from strong blues, to creamy bries. Then there's Peckham's on Byres Rd, and Heart Buchanan, also on Byres Rd. For fresh fruit and veg try Roots and Fruits on Byres Rd. For fresh Scottish produce bought straight from the farmer you can also try the Farmers' Market held every other weekend (usually Sat) in Mansfield Park on the corner of Hyndland Rd and Dumbarton Rd. 10:00-15:00.

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pizza(2009/11/14 5:57:23)  
Sightseeing in Glasgow

It's no accident that Glasgow was chosen as both City of Culture and, more recently, UK City of Architecture and Design. Its main attractions are its magnificent Victorian buildings, its museums and art galleries (most of which are free).

Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate and architectural enthusiast, described Glasgow as the "greatest Victorian city in Europe" and many examples of its rich architectural legacy can be found in the commercial centre (from George Square west to the M8).

To the east of George Square is the Merchant City, where the Palladian mansions of the Tobacco Lords have been cleaned up and reclaimed by the professional classes as a fashionable place to eat, drink and play.

Further east, in almost surreal contrast, is the East End, a traditional working-class stronghold, and to the north is the oldest part of Glasgow, around the medieval cathedral.

West of George Square is Buchanan Street, one of the city's principal shopping thoroughfares, along with Sauchiehall Street, at its northern end, and the more downmarket Argyle Street, at the southern end. From here the streets rise towards Blythswood Square, a much quieter area of elegant late Georgian buildings filled with office workers.

Beyond Charing Cross, across the ugly scar of the M8, is the city's West End, an area of grand Victorian townhouses and sweeping terraces and home of some of the city's best museums.

On the city's South Side, across the River Clyde, is Pollock Country Park, home of two of Glasgow's finest museums, the Burrell Collection and Pollock House.

The River Clyde itself has been added to the list of visitor attractions. The Clydeside Walkway, running from Victoria Bridge in the east to the River Kelvin in the west, is an attempt to direct Glasgow's great river towards a post-industrial future of leisure and tourism.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the origins of its name, Glasgow boasts quite a few green spaces - more per head of population than any other city in Europe.

There are more than 70 parks in all, from Glasgow Green in the East End to Kelvingrove Park in the West End, and Queen's Park and Pollock Country Park, both in the South Side.

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pizza(2009/11/14 5:59:06)  
Useful Visitor Information for Glasgow

Airlines
Aer Lingus, 19 Dixon St, Tel. 0645-737747. British Airways, 66 Gordon St, Tel. 08457-733377 (Glasgow Airport Tel: 8891311). Icelandair, Glasgow Airport, Tel. 0345 -581111. Lufthanasa, 78 St Vincent St, Tel. 08457-737747.

Police 945 Argyle St, Tel: 5323200. Free emergency numbers are Tel: 999 or Tel: 112.

Banks
Bank of Scotland 235 Sauchiehall St, 110 Queen St, 55 Bath St and 63 Waterloo St.

Royal Bank of Scotland 98 Buchanan St, 22 St Enoch Square, 140 St Vincent St and 393 Sauchiehall St.

Clydesdale Bank 14 Bothwell St, 7 St Enoch Square, 30 St Vincent Place, 344 Argyle St and 120 Bath St.

English banks include: Barclays 90 St Vincent St

Lloyds TSB 12 Bothwell St. Exchange:

American Express 115 Hope St, Tel: 2214366, open Mon-Fri 0830-1730, Sat 0900-1200.

Thomas Cook, Central station, Tel: 2044496, open Mon-Wed and Sat 0800-1900, Thu and Fri 0800-2000, Sun 1000-1800.

Bicycle Hire
Dales 150 Dobbies Loan, Tel: 3322705. Close to Buchanan bus station.

West End Cycles 16 Chancellor St, Tel: 3571344, at the south end of Byres Rd. £12 per day for mountain bikes, £50 per week. ID and £50 deposit required.

Car Hire
Arnold Clark 10-24 Vinicombe St, Tel: 3349501 (also at the airport, Tel: 8480202). Avis 161 North St, Tel: 2212877 (also at the airport, Tel: 8872261). Budget 101 Waterloo St, Tel: 2264141 (also at the airport, Tel: 8870501). Hertz 106 Waterloo St, Tel: 2487736 (also at the airport, Tel: 8877845). Melvilles Motors 555 Sauchiehall St, 192 Battlefield Rd, Langside and at airport, T0345-525354.

Communications
EasyEverything 57 St Vincent St, huge facility and the cheapest service in town.

The Internet Café is at 569 Sauchiehall St, Tel: 5641052. It charges £2-2.50 per hr on line.

Internet Exchange 136 Sauchiehall St, Tel: 3530535.

Café Internet 153-157 Sauchiehall St, Tel: 3532484.

The main post office is at 47 St Vincent St, T0345-222344. Services include poste restante, currency exchange and cash withdrawal at the German Savings Bank. Open Mon-Fri 0830-1745, Sat 0900-1900. Also branches at 85-89 Bothwell St, 216 Hope St and 533 Sauchiehall St. Post offices in some supermarkets are open on Sun.

Football
Celtic Football Club are based at Celtic Park, 95 Kerrydale St, Tel: 5562611, off the London Rd in the East End. Their elder and grander opponents Rangers, play at Ibrox Stadium, 150 Edmiston Dr, Tel: 4278500, in the South Side. Tickets for league matches start at around £15-35.

Gay & Lesbian Contacts
Lesbian and Gay Switchboard Tel: 3328372, open daily 0700-2200.

Stonewall Scotland LGBT Centre, 11 Dixon St, Tel: 2040022.

Medical Services
Glasgow Royal Infirmary is at 84 Castle St, Tel: 2114000, near the cathedral. The Southern General Hospitalon Govan Rd, Tel: 2011100, is the main South Side hospital. For dental emergencies go to the Glasgow Dental Hospital, 378 Sauchiehall St, Tel: 2119600. Pharmacies: Superdrug, Central station, Tel: 2218197; open Mon-Wed and Sun till 2000, Thu-Sat till 2100. Munroes', 693 Great Western Rd, Tel: 3390012; open daily till 2100.

Left Luggage
There's an office at Buchanan bus station, open daily 0630-2230. Also lockers at Central and Queen Street train stations (£2 per day).

Travel Agents
USIT, Glasgow University Campus, The Hub, Hillhead St, Tel: 3570608; and 122 George St, Tel: 5531818. Glasgow Flight Centre, 143 West Regent St, Tel: 2218989.


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