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Merchant City

Address: Glasgow, Scotland (City Centre)
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$18*
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Glasgow City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Ranked #23 of 141 Attractions in Glasgow
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Owner description: Self-guided walking tour maps are available from George Square...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other
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 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.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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167 reviews 167 reviews
75 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a great area - loads of restaurants and bars and a good feel to it. Certainly worth going to both day and evening. Lots of old buildings have been renovated and the bars and eateries have great character.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

From designer shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and night clubs the Merchant City is a must see for anyone visiting Glasgow.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Not so long ago the Merchant City had real character, was about as Glaswegian as you could get, but now it has been turned into a yuppified, trendy, giant, open-air shopping mall... if shopping turns you on, you'll love it, but personally I find it all a bit soulless.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This is a must visit place. Various bars and good quality resturants. They all do great lunchtime specails for a resonable price. During the evening there is plenty of nightlife between the various places. Parking on street is free after 6pm but there is a QPARK facility on Albion Street (not that cheap but better than a parking ticket).

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Elderslie, UK
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Marvelous place plenty of choices of restaurants. As it was during the games the place was very busy with great entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere. Definitely will go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is the best place in Glasgow for eating, drinking and shopping. This place is even more friendly and laid back than other parts of my beloved city. The merchant square itself regularly hosts art and designers markets in this beautiful setting. There is a wide range of places to eat and drink, but I must recommend a visit to... More 

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Clydebank, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great place to wander around in with many resaturants (that cater for different cuisines), bistros, coffee shops and wine/cocktail bars to choose from. Food and drink prices are higher than normal, but so is the food quality, but that is expected from outlets that cater for middle class and above. Buildings are orginal stonework and this has to be the... More 

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Larne, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Fantastic piece of regeneration. The atmosphere at night is electric or soporific depending on your mood. Loads of choice, whatever your taste and all very sensibly priced Not to be missed

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Great selection of designer shops and restaurants.... worth a wander about to find that special outfit bag or shoes....nice restaurants to finish of the days shopping or for a night out in the city.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Has everything possible to make a lovely day out shopping. Cafes, shops, restaurants, sights, attractions and the people? Second to NONE. Love Glasgow, love the people adore Merchant City.

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