Guide Location: Scotland » Glasgow
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
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There are lots of special places to find in this vibrant city, including lots of attractions that are as popular with locals as with visitors. Take our Daily Life Tour to see all the best exhibition centers, cafes, shops and libraries that Glaswegians love to visit.
Tour Stops and Attractions
1) Piping MuseumThere are a lot of traditions linked to Scotland: Hogmanay, haggis, tartan, kilts and most of all the bagpipe. No trip to Glasgow is complete without visiting the Piping Museum on Hope Street.
The first bagpipe perhaps originated around Egypt in the time of the great pharaohs or in Samaria – in fact its exact origins are a little hazy, but it has been recorded in several ancient texts around Europe and the Near East for many thousands of years.
How this particular instrument arrived in Scotland is a matter of speculation, but the museum deals with over 300 years of piping history: from the simple single-drone bagpipes made from goat or sheep skin and a reed taken from the edge of a pond or lake, to the elaborate affairs you see today.
In the museum you will learn how the bagpipe started out by being used by shepherds to while away the hours of guarding their flock to its becoming the national musical instrument of Scotland, played in the royal court and part of highly-prized collections by kings.
You will see bagpipes from all over Europe, including the oldest Highland bagpipe chanter in the world, which belonged to Iain Dell McKay in the 17th century. In the museum’s workshops you will see how the instrument is made and watch video documentaries about the history and culture of pipe music.
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2) Glasgow Film TheaterThe Glasgow Film Theatre or GFT is an independent cinema in Rose Street. The theatre is situated in a 'B' listed modernist European building with a post art deco interior. The building's design was by Glaswegian architects James McKissack and W J Anderson, and was influenced by the Dutch Modernist architect by Willem Marinus Dudok. The current lobby was designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia in 1968. The GFT plays an important part in the cultural life of the city centre, showing a wide variety (around 450 per year) of international video and television productions in addition to arthouse, documentary, and mainstream films. In addition to daily screening of films, the GFT is host to a number of clubs and activities that meet regularly every month. The GFT is also an annual participant in the Glasgow Film Festival and in 2007 was a participant in the BBC's Summer of British Film.
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3) Willow TearoomThis is a great place to go to experience a true English tea ceremony. This world famous tearoom, situated on Sauchiehall Street, was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904. Its authentic interior mirrors the atmosphere of bygone times. Its name comes from the Scottish Gaelic meaning of Sauchiehall, translated as "the alley of the willows." Besides enjoying the great tea yourself, you can pick up some to take home at the wonderful Willow gift shop.
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4) Where the Monkey SleepsThis curiously named cafe has some of the best coffee in the city, and is popular with everyone, from students to businesspeople to visitors. Inaugurated in 2001, this basement cafe is owned by two graduates of the nearby art school. It's open Monday through Friday from 7am and on Saturdays from 10am.
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5) SlanjThis centrally-located store is the place to go if you're interested in kilts. It's got a great variety of the Scottish traditional wear at somewhat high prices, although the items are also available for hire. Among other brands, the store offers Dress Sporran, Cravat and Ghillie Brogues, Kilt Hose, Flashes, Sgian Dhu and KiltPin.
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6) Italian CenterThis center is considered to be one of the trendiest and most glamorous in Glasgow. It is situated in the northern part of the Merchant City, near George Square and the popular shopping area formed by Argyle Street. Here you'll find a great selection of top-quality clothing, as well as shoes, accessories, gift ideas and more. When you've finished shopping, you can enjoy a great coffee or a bite at one of the several fine cafes and restaurants.
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7) Café GandolfiThis famous cafe is a great place to go to experience Scottish cuisine. Its mix of local and European flavors is one of the best in town. 25 years in business, this restaurant specializes in dishes like Stornoway black pudding and Cullen Skink. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 11.30pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 11.30pm.
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8) Tron TheaterThe Tron Theatre is located at the Trongate in Glasgow. The Tron Theatre is situated in the heart of Glasgow's Merchant City. It aims to entertain, inspire, empower, and culturally enhance the lives of the people of Glasgow, the West of Scotland and beyond, irrespective of age, background or ability. The Tron Theatre Company started life as the Glasgow Theatre Club in 1978, the brainchild of Joe Gerber, Tom Laurie and Tom McGrath. In 1980 the Club took over the almost derelict Tron Kirk, replacing the destroyed Close Theatre. Under the Artistic leadership of Michael Boyd (1986 to 1996), the Tron established itself as a powerhouse of both new writing and dynamic productions of classic texts, making full use of available Scottish talent. Leading artists to emerge from this period include Alan Cumming, Forbes Masson, Peter Mullan, Craig Ferguson and Siobhan Redmond, as well as musician Craig Armstrong. Many of these artists still continue an association with the Tron.
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9) Women’s LibraryGlasgow Women's Library is a public library, registered company and charity based at 81 Parnie Street, Glasgow. Glasgow Women's Library is a provider of information by and about women. Its key aims are: to provide an information resource, run on feminist principles, relevant to all areas of women's lives, history, culture and achievements for use by women and groups from all areas of the community, to provide and promote lifelong learning, training, education, skill-sharing, volunteering, and employment opportunities for women. The Women's Library was established in 1991. It evolved from the 'Women in Profile' project, whose aim was to ensure the visibility of women in the programming of Glasgow, European City of Culture year.
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10) Q! GalleryFor art lovers, this gallery and studio is a paradise of culture and art. One of the city's top visual art venues, it's a great place to go and simply admire the artworks. It's also the home of the GlasGay Festival, founded in 1993 by Dominic D’Angelo and Cordelia Ditton, which attracts 35,000 people each year. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 5pm.
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