Daily Life Tour of Glasgow, Glasgow

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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.

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Guide Name: Daily Life Tour of Glasgow
Guide Location: Scotland » Glasgow
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: irenes

1) Piping Museum

There 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...
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2) Glasgow Film Theater

The 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...
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3) Willow Tearoom

This 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...
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4) Where the Monkey Sleeps

This 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...
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5) Slanj

This 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.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; Sunday 12:00 – 5:00...
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6) Italian Center

This 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...
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7) Café Gandolfi

This 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...
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8) Tron Theater

The 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,...
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9) Women’s Library

Glasgow 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,...
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10) Q! Gallery

For 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...
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