Travel guide to Glasgow

Facts

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Local name
Glasgow
Inhabitants
689,000
Timezone
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), as in the rest of Scotland.

Best time to visit

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Glasgow is much the same as the rest of Scotland, experiencing similar temperatures. The weather here is just as likely to change quickly so don't forget the brolley!

Literature

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The Glasgow guide, Lonely Planet Scotland, Insight Guide to Scotland. DK eyewitness guide to Scotland, Scotland the Rough Guide, Scotland Where to stay hotels and guesthouses 2000

Culture and entertainment

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Glasgow is on of the great cultural destinations. It has everything from museums and galleries and the excitement of a big city to quiet countryside. It is home to live performance events and festivals and offers food from around the world. A number of art nouveau buildings were designed by the now world famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh and you can find out more by contacting the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society by calling 0141 945 2321 or writing to them at Queens Cross, 870 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G20 7EL. The Celtic Music Festival is held every January for 2 weeks - call 0141 332 6632 for further information. Maydaze, arts and dance festival is held early May - 0141 287 5429. Glasgow's biggest festival is the West End Festival, with music, performance and arts running for 2 weeks in June - 0141 341 0844. International Jazz Festival is in July - 0141 400 5000. Glasgay, Glasgow's gay arts festival is on every two years around Oct/Nov the next one is in 2001.

Accommodation / Hotel

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Accommodation is hard to find in peak season (July/August) so always book early if you can. B&B's tend to be expensive, but at weekends many business hotels take off 50% of the price making them great value if you need to watch your budget. There are many Youth Hostels in Glasgow, offering cheap but basic accommodation and Colleges and the University open their doors from late June to late September. Book your hotel in Glasgow here

Local transport

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Taxi

Can be found in abundance. To book you can call: Glasgow Wide: 0141 332 6666 Croft Radio Cars: 0141 633 2222

Other transport

The 'Roundabout' Glasgow ticket allows you to travel on all underground and over ground trains for the day and some tickets even let you hop on and off the tourist buses. Bus services run across the city, but do require the exact change. Bicycles are available to hire from West End Cycles at 16 Chancellor Street, tel: 0141357 1344 for around £12 per day, but they do require ID and a substantial deposit.

Special conditions

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Protestant Northern Irish 'Orange' men occasionally march through the city. Avoid these marches at all costs. They are political rallies and can result in violence.
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