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“Not really a tourist destination”
Review of Glasgow

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Blackburn, England
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
84 helpful votes
“Not really a tourist destination”
Reviewed April 13, 2007

We spent 2 nights in Glasgow in April 2007. We found the museums / art galleries excellent but the rest of the city either so-so or ugly. The so-so parts are around Mechants City, but being as generous as I can there is not much else to engage a visitor unless you want to visit chain stores available in all big cities. One overall factor is that everything occurs off the streets, inside renovated buildings or malls, leaving the streets themselves feeling bare. In addition, practically every doorway, litter bin, corner etc is made the focus of communal vomiting and urinating by nocturnal drunks. I appreciate this is costly to keep removing but c'mon!
There is an excellent public transport infrastructure, which seems not to be explained well, and bus drivers seemed especially surly. There is also a city sightseeing bus which is well run but to be honest the 'sights' didn't grip, and our tour guide started extolling the virtues of Edinburgh!
For the cost, you would be better off getting public transport directly to key venues.
Overall I would recommend a day visit to Glasgow but not more.

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NYC
1 review
“Boho not so”
Reviewed September 8, 2006

Had an interesting evening out in Glasgow, Scotland with Style last night with some friends. Firstly, I would absolutely recommend the Wooodside Social Club for anyone seeking a cool, laid back vibe. They were playing dub reggae and it was the friendliest place we visited.

Now for the not so good. With only one weekend in Glasgow, we foolishly left the warmth of the Woodside to check out some more of Glasgow's clubs, only to find we weren't welcome in any! Refused entry to 3 clubs in quick succession (we're two American guys and a gal, not drunk -we're American!) . OK, I can kinda understand when places are busy, but being being accused of being drunk by one doorman (you'd think they didn't sell liquor within his establishment from his attitue) was a bit rich.

But in the end we had to laugh when we were told we wouldn't get into a club called Boho unless we wore a smart shirt. Yes, the club was called Boho, but don't be fooled, not Bohemia but more English wedding disco (If you've ever expereinced such a thing). You need shined shoes and what the doorman refered to as "dress trousers" to get in there!

Seriously though it was disappointing as we had been told this part of the city was like Glasgow's village, quite laid back and cool. It seemed to be quite up-tight to us though. And don't go to Boho- it's anything but!

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Uk
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
27 helpful votes
“weekend break”
Reviewed August 1, 2006

Firstly,you need more than a weekend to see Glasgow, we had three days and wanted to stay another.

Recommendations:

1. A MacIntosh Trail ticket for £12 gets you into all the main Rennie MacIntosh venues including transport. Good value but you will be at it all day, especially if you go to the Hill House in Helensburgh.

2. The pubs are great, try the Babbity Browster, The Horshoe or Copper Still.

3. Take the train and ferry to Isle of Bute to see the fantastic Gothic Mansion at Mount Stuart.

4. Shop till you drop, in the incredibly extsnsive shopping area.

5. See the recently re-opened KelvinGrove Gallery and may be the Museum of Transport.

6. ..and we ran out of time for the Burrell Collection and Glasgow School of Art, the Clyde Shipping Experience, the Science Park.

You get the picture.

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England
1 review
“Men Avoid”
Reviewed April 30, 2006

My friend who has lived in Glasgow for 7 years offered to show us the so called great night life of Glasgow. What a disappointment. Firstly if you are in a group bigger than two men you can forget getting in anywhere on a Saturday. If you also happen to be English then don't even bother. My mate who is a native practically could not believe it. I pity anyone planning a Stag night up here. However if your a woman they will let as many in as they like. I will never be returning to Glasgow

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Louisville Kentucky
1 review
“Beautiful Scotland”
Reviewed June 9, 2004

We thought Scotland a lovely country. So green, attractive and everyone was exceptionally cordial. I could be very happy there. Not so hurried as our U>S> Sorry I did not get to make contact with distant relatives....the MacGregors....but it was most interesting anyway. Would like to go back some day.

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