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Itinerary and where to stay for one day (almost)

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Itinerary and where to stay for one day (almost)

Hi everyone,

I am considering a brief visit to Glasgow. The plan would be to arrive at the airport on 14 July (Sun) at 10:40AM from Iceland and depart the next day at 11AM for Orkney. This is just a stopover as I can't get flights from Iceland to Orkney on one ticket. It would be me and my 15 y/o daughter and we will probably have a 22 inch suitcase and backpack each.

We are interested in medieval, Tudor timeframe, and WWII history. We're not really big shoppers although DD loves used bookstores if you have any recs for those. (If our luggage weight limit allows...)

The things I have found that look interesting so far are:

Glasgow Cathedral (open 1-5)

Museum of Religion (open 11-5)

Provand's Lordship (open 11-5)

The Necropolis (open until dusk) - considering their guidebook, any recs on that?


Could we do this in the afternoon? I've never flown into Glasgow so don't know what to expect from immigration at that time (US passports). Is there something else you would add based on our interests? Is there an interesting part of Glasgow to wander around? We prefer wandering around older (usually medieval) parts of towns/cities.

It looks like there's a bus into the city pretty regularly so transport shouldn't be a problem. (Would we want Queen St Station or the bus station for our itinerary? I was thinking Queen St.)

Would you recommend we stay at an airport hotel, drop our luggage and then head into town, or is it preferable to stay in town (I guess near the train or bus station)? It looks like the airport bus runs 24h so getting back shouldn't be a problem, but I don't know about breakfast there.

How early would you recommend getting back to the airport before our flight if we check in online but can't print boarding passes (I assume)? What if we can't check in online? We will have a bag to check each.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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1. Re: Itinerary and where to stay for one day (almost)

Ok, the 4 places you mention centering around the Cathedral are all right next to each other within a 200yd radius, in other words you fall out of one into the other, so once you walk the 10-15 mins from Queen St Stn up Cathedral St you are there and all can be explored within a couple of hours.

I would think as your starting and finishing point is the Airport then a hotel there is your best bet for staying the night, using the 500 bus (£7:50 return) to come into the city and return to your hotel late at night having dined in Glasgow giving you unlimited options.

There are a few hotels there ranging from the Holiday Inn right outside the terminal to a budget Premier Inn 5 mins walk away.

Another area you would like is the West End whereby you have quirky book shops for your DD and Glasgow University, a medieval example being the third oldest in Europe from around the 15th century.

For quickness I would hop a taxi from the Carhedral to the West End for around £10 although buses are available.

Glasgow Airport is a breeze to get through and immigration is only dictated by how many flights arriving which are not that many.

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2. Re: Itinerary and where to stay for one day (almost)

Indeed the West End is a lovely place to wind down at the end of a busy day in one of the local eateries/bars in and around Byres Road. Bookshops (and vintage shops) are aplenty with Oxfam running a charity bookstore at the Gt Western Road end of Byres Road, Caledonian Books is a short walk from there on Gt Western Road - http://www.caledoniabooks.co.uk/ Hidden in a spot near Glasgow University that is well known to lovers of bohemian riverside cafe Tchai Ovna, Voltaire & Rousseau is a good spot for a literary rummage - http://voltaire-rousseau.co.uk/ There are more places than that but those three can be checked out in a circular route.

There was a place in De Courcey's Arcade, Cresswell Lane, but I don't know if its still there.

If it were me I would be staying overnight at an airport hotel too. Less stressful option!

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3. Re: Itinerary and where to stay for one day (almost)

I think we probably will do the airport hotel. I haven't really researched them yet, although I did see that Holiday Inn was available and prices weren't bad.

Do you know if any of the shops will be open on Sun? The only one I found hours for was Voltaire & Rousseau, and their website says they're closed on Sun.

Thanks for your help.

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4. Re: Itinerary and where to stay for one day (almost)

The majority of shops in Glasgow open 7days however some specialist shops may be closed on Sundays certainly as Purple says Byres Rd will be open with plenty to keep you interested although on a Sunday they will mostly all close at 5pm.

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5. Re: Itinerary and where to stay for one day (almost)

Tudors: bad word to use :-) Back, then they were the enemy. Scotland allied with France against Henry VIII, and Elizabeth I chopped of Mary Queen of Scot's head. So the Stuart period, and it ended in 1603 as far as Scotland is concerned when James VI of Scotland became James I of England..

I dont think you'll find many Stuart period buildings in Glasgow [happy to be proved wrong] but Linlithgow Palace (rebuilt from 1420 onwards on earlier foundations, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots) is well worth it; as is Falkland Palace, where the Stuarts went to play.

Maybe these are on your list for other parts of your trip?

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6. Re: Itinerary and where to stay for one day (almost)

Hi Derek - I never got notified that there were any more postings on this thread. I know the Tudors were the enemy back then. That's why I said timeframe. I guess it would have been better to say Stuarts. I had Linlithgow on my itinerary initially, but then DD decided she really wanted to go to Iceland in addition to Scotland and London, so something had to go. It ended up being the week in Edinburgh we had planned including Linlithgow. We'll have to do that on another trip, I guess.

On the other hand, we didn't have Glasgow on the initial itinerary, so at least we'll see that now, if only briefly.

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"Glasgow University, a medieval example being the third oldest in Europe from around the 15th century".

It's not even the third oldest in the U.K. (Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews are older).

Glasgow University was indeed founded in the 15th. century, but the present West End building dates from the late 19th. century. The original buildings in the town centre are long gone.

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8. Re: Itinerary and where to stay for one day (almost)

That's me told then!!

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