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YE CANNY MISS GLASGO OOT WHEN VISITING SCOTLAND - SO NEVER YOU MIND WIT YER TELT BY THE TOURIST BOARD (or the folk fae Edinburgh...!)
The Museum of Transport is a short Underground (tube) ride awayfrom the centre of Glasgow. One of the many attractions available to locals and tourists, the Museum of Transport boasts a delightful array of old trams and buses as well as old bicycles etc together with paraphanelia from bygone days. It offers a great little coffee/teas//snack area upstairs with heavenly home baking.
In January, this year, the staff and management of the Museum, kindly offered their hospitality freely to Mr & Mrs O'lone who celebrated their diamond wedding,. The history of their meeting was based upon a tram car which led to a courtship culminating in a proposal of marriage to the then Sarah Johnston who was a tram 'clippie'. Staff gathered a collection and provided the couple with a large bouquet of flowers. 4 large framed prints were donated from the shop on site. The coffee shop laid on a special light lunch. Two members of staff dressed in authentic 'clippie' uniforms with a rendering of 'old time' music from a moothie (mouth organ) as well as and old Glasgow song. Local children had designed a paper card banner which was coloured and glittered for the happy couple. Nationl press were in attendance. This is just one of the many stories available surrounding the history of the trams and the people of Glasgow. Entry to this attraction is FREE! ...And it's NOT just for men!
Directly opposite the Museum of Transport is the newly refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Housing thousands of artifacts, the Art Gallery was closed some four years ago for renovation. Do yourself a favour...go pay a visit!
The 'Art Galleries' as it is fondly known as by Glaswegians around the world is still a place of interest for locals as well as visitors.
Don't know yet whether they will charge an entrance fee (previously, it was free). Well wotrth a visit, could take you as long as a day to see around the works of art which ranged from Marble Statues, to Oil Paintings, taxidermy, birds eggs, fossils, dinosaurs, clothing, Scottish artefacts etc!
Close to the Kelvingrove Art Galleries is the world renowned University of Glasgow.
What can you say... pay a visit to the Peopl's Palace and walk back in time! See Billy Connolly's 'big banana' welly's. Peer into the reconstructed gas lit front room (probably the only room in the house in those days) get more info on the history of the people and don't forget to pay a visit to the winter gardens!
The Glasgow BARRAS weekend market is a MUST for visiting if you want to get a feel for Glaswegian life! Listen to the jovial banter and Glaswegian humour, at it's very best on the market! Located nearby the People's Palace, the Barras market can offer you an amazing selection of goods. Everything from tourist souveniers to trinkets, good quality gold at best prices, everything for the car, kids, animals, kitchen, garden, food, toys, personalized goods, antiques etc to name but a few at the tip -of the iceberg! Make sure you visit the BIG SWEETIE STALL indoors in C SECTION. Here you will be able to get sweets even you have forgotten existed! They have got fantastic Scottish Hand made Macaroon (coconut covered fondant) in loads of flavours at special prices. The also sell Chelsea Whoppas, Butter Tablet and loads of boilings as well as Edinburgh Rock etc all made in Scotland! You can find the stall by entering the Barras from the Gallowgate Entrance under the big neon sign which says BARROWLAND. Enter under the letter 'B' walk staright ahead passing on your left the market security office (with cctv 24 hr monitored cameras) the gents toilets, the amusement arcade, then the ladies toilets finally you will see ahead of you glass doors up a couple of steps. Proceed through the doors. On your left you will find Raymonds Stall who sells the best priced electrical goods, batteries, belts etc on the market! Following round a few more steps you will see the famous BIG SWEETIE STALL - it's definately the best! Get there early to get the best of the bargains. As with all market areas around the world - act like a local! TIP! make sure you get permission from market individuals BEFORE taking any pictures! Do not be offended if permission is refused.
This is also home to the Famous Glasgow Barrowland which houses the pop and rock and various other music gigs!
Oldest House in Glasgow -Visit for FREE! Whilst visiting the Barras area of Glagow make sure you check up on your history of Glasgow's famous 'HIGH STREET' and the Toll Gate at the top of Argyle Street. Look out for the Hanging Tower and the 'Clock' Tower. This is one of the remaining oldest areas in Glasgow, surviving for hundreds of years linking directly to the River Clyde. Look at the wonderful architecture of the surounding buildings whilst in the city. The Route from Argyle Street will lead you up into the Gallowgate (named historically of course) which will lead you to the Barras.
Visit the theatre showing live on stage performances, to round off the perfect evening! Look up the local newspapers for what's on and when!
Restaurant serving chinese food. All day buffet for a fixed price. Good food, nice surroundings, fast service.