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Manchester, UK
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Best way to travel / get around

We're spending 2 days in Glasgow, staying near the SECC (as we have a gig there on our 2nd evening), we're planning on visiting West Beer and the Necropolis but so far nothing else planned at the moment. It's been at least 7 years since we last visited so can't remember what we did. Is it best to use the subway/buses/walk? or get some sort of travel pass for the day etc? Also any recommendations for pubs/bars with good beers would be gratefully received

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1. Re: Best way to travel / get around

Hi there, You have choices and could use a combination of subway, train and foot power. If you are considering heading east to west beer and the necropolis then its well worth considering getting a ticket for the hop on hop off bus, as it heads out that way and also past the best of glasgow's leading attractions. Tickets are good over two days and if you plan well, you can get great value from it.

Take a look at the tourist bus route map here with attraction locations:


You can also get an all day ticket for the subway for 3.80

Take a look at the glasgows leading attractions website below which has printable discount vouchers:


What hotel are you staying at?

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2. Re: Best way to travel / get around

You could walk from SECC to West Beer in about 30mins. There isn't really an easier way other than getting the train into town and walking to Glasgow Green from there. The walk from SECC is along the river which can be nice at night with the lights etc but can often be a bit 'dodgy'.

Try the Beer Cafe in Merchant Square. West Beer probably has the best though.

Glasgow, Scotland
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3. Re: Best way to travel / get around

If you're staying near the SECC then you are only a short walk from the best pub in Glasgow for real ale - the Bon Accord in North Street. Eight guest beers on at all times,excellent reasonably priced food, friendly staff and a relaxing atmosphere (and no, I don't own it!).

glasgow scotland
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for Glasgow
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4. Re: Best way to travel / get around

Even at around 30 mins that walk from the secc to west is not recommended at night as it is deserted along the whole route.

A taxi will only set you back no more than £6 and take 5 mins, your hotel will call you one.

Manchester, UK
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5. Re: Best way to travel / get around

Thanks for all the replies :) we're staying at the garden hilton, we're gonna book onto a brewery tour at West Beer, which is mid afternoon on the Saturday, then get food then go to the gig at the SECC, so we should be able to avoid dodgy walks at night - I'm not averse to getting taxis, I'm guessing black cabs would be easiest?

Just out of interest how dodgy is the riverside area at night? are there any ok areas for a bit of night photography?

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6. Re: Best way to travel / get around

West Brewery is great. Also a shortish walk from the Hilton Garden Inn are Tennents Bar, Byres Road and The Three Judges at Partick Cross. Both offer Duechars IPA and other guest ales. You might want to check out The Bon Accord at North Street which has a good selection of ales.


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7. Re: Best way to travel / get around

Yes black hacks are plentiful and all the major hotels including the hilton use Glasgow Taxis as there prefered provider.

The riverside is not really dodgy as such just as i said earlier a bit deserted however at the part where you are you can get some great night photography shots such as the Squinty Bridge, Armadillo, Finnieston Crane, The Science Centre and both the BBC and STV Studios all of which are well lit up at night.

Happy snapping.

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8. Re: Best way to travel / get around

Ever thought of cycling? There is an excellent cycle path from the SECC all the way to Glasgow Green. It follows the Clyde and really is the way to see Glasgow.

There is a vast cycling network around Glasgow if you're adventurous. You can hire bikes from :




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9. Re: Best way to travel / get around

Another vote for the Bon Accord if you like beer. I would put it in the top three pubs in Glasgow.

The West Beer place is OK but overpriced and wee bit pretentious IMO. The food is also a bit hit and miss in there.

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