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Merchant City

Glasgow, Scotland (Cowcaddens)
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As featured in Glasgow for free and 1 other guide
Ranked #18 of 161 attractions in Glasgow
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Self-guided walking tour maps are available from George Square Tourist Office of Merchant City, now a vibrant historic cafe quarter and... more » Owner description: Self-guided walking tour maps are available from George Square Tourist Office of Merchant City, now a vibrant historic cafe quarter and designer-shopping mecca. Highlights of this tour, which dates back to medieval times, include the grand neo-classical halls and Georgian townhouses built for Glasgow's rich tobacco barons and shipping merchants. « less
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Glasgow, Scotland
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125 reviews 125 reviews
48 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is a great area to walk around at night. Lots of bars and restaurants, some of which are very good. Also near the concert hall. During the day, there are some unique shops to visit, but I don't think it's worth the trip just for that. The night scene is better, often live entertainment at some of the restaurants... More

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Glasgow
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This really is a great area to gave a good night out. There are numerous bars and every kind of restaurant you can imagine. I gave tried most of the Restaurents here and haven't had a bad meal. The merchant square gets quite lively and noisy at weekends so not recommended for those of us of a certain age but... More

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Larkhall, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

this was our most recent visit with family ALL the resturants are very good.We loved the craft market that was there too.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Whilst i recongnise the imporance of having a city centre location reflect our taste in all things " designer", a few shops selling outrageously expensive clothes and restaurants selling vastly overpriced " roundels of ground beef with tomato jus on a freshly baked petit pan" AKA a roll and sausage with tomato sauce, give this place a wide berth unless... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

From Merchant Square to Royal Exchange Square and in between this area of Glasgow is well worth a visit, whether you are shopping on Ingram Street (designers) or drinking in Metropolitan or Corinthian, or eating in Maggie May's give it a try. Loads of places to stay and base yourself in Glasgow.

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London, United Kingdom
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Yes this area has bars and restaurants and many of the trendy shops but it also has some great late Victorian Buildings - get a Map and look up,. not just down - this was the thriving center of Commercial Glasgow some of the stores might be chain stores but some of the buildings they are located aren't that typical.... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Stay well clear of O'Nell's (Irish!!Pub) - absolute rip off drink prices. Trendy area but this place must surely offers the poorest value. Definitely won't return

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BRISTOL,ENGLAND
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Merchant City festival,great time,bars,stalls,music, lots of friendly people around.nice relaed atmosphere.

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torquay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

a lovely part of the city,all lit up n twinkly at night,nice pubs n restaurants around here..a good weatherspoons called the counting house that used to be a bank is well nice...near george square...

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

A fantastic upmarket area of the city center. It has some great restaurants and bars and reserves more recognition. Its expensive to park in though. Visit merchant square if you are visiting. Also, the rock lobster is good to eat in.

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