Walking Tour of Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (Self Guided)

Sauchiehall Street is one of Glasgow's most interesting and fascinating districts. It's a lively spot full of great shopping and entertainment venues. Take our walking tour and explore the area.
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Guide Name: Walking Tour of Sauchiehall Street
Guide Location: Scotland » Glasgow (See other walking tours in Glasgow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: irenes
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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

1) Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (must see)

Longing to listen to some really good music or take in a ballet while you are in Glasgow? Then book your seats at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which stands on the junction of Buchannan and Sauchiehall Streets.

The hall was designed by Sir Leslie Martin and it opened its doors in 1990. It has many different concert rooms: the Main Auditorium is huge and seats 2475 concert-goers. A rubber skin sound-proofing system was built into the floor to keep out the noise from the underground train system that passes under the building.

The Strathclyde Suite seats 500; the Lomond Foyer, the Clyde Foyer and the Exhibition Hall each have seats for 300 people, while the Buchannan Suite holds 150. There is a VIP Room, a gift shop, five bars, the Encore Café, and the Green Room Restaurant, so you will have plenty to occupy you while waiting for the show to begin.

Although the hall is the home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, it also puts on a variety of other music, including country, jazz, pop, and rock concerts. It also hosts ballets, opera, musical comedies, as well as non-musical events such as the Miss Scotland finals.

Why You Should Visit:
Best acoustic settings in Glasgow if not the UK – even drab gigs sound amazing!
Also remarkably intimate for its size.

Tip:
If you are visiting in January/February time be sure to check out the Celtic Connections music festival which showcases Scottish and Irish music.
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British Home Stores

2) British Home Stores

If you want to get the best British products, as well as a memorable shopping experience, then you should visit this center. Apart from offering truly great value on price, BHS has only the best British suppliers and brands. At BHS you can find everything, from clothes to accessories, to gifts, to flowers.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Watt Brothers

3) Watt Brothers

If you don't mind simple clothes and want to go somewhere where you can shop with the locals, Watt Brothers is the place for you. Split across several levels you'll find lots of little stores with a wide range of clothing, accessories, jewelry and more.
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Costa Coffee

4) Costa Coffee

Established by Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, this great coffee shop chain now has outlets all over Britain and Ireland, but don't let that put you off their fantastic Italian coffee. Whether you want regular coffee or a specialty drink you'll find it here with a cosy and warm ambiance as well.
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ABC

5) ABC

ABC is a unique mix of five bars and a cinema all under one roof, and makes for a very trendy and popular spot. There's the ABC 2 club, the ABC 1, The Red Room, The Regal Cinema, The Polar Bar and The Pod Bar. The oldest part, the Regal, opened in November 1929 as ABC's flagship cinema in Glasgow. Nowadays, there's a clutch of venues, big and small, where you can find big bands and intimate concerts, depending which level you go onto.
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Center For Contemporary Arts

6) Center For Contemporary Arts

The Centre for Contemporary Arts is housed in the former Third Eye Centre on Sauchiehall Street and is a great place to visit as it covers a wide variety of arts.

The Centre opened to the public in 1992 in the “Grecian Chambers” which were designed by Alexander Thompson in 1868. The building was renovated and adapted to the Centre’s growing needs in 1998.

The Centre has an art gallery, a cinema, a theatre area and a café. It holds six main exhibitions a year featuring works by Scottish artists and some new canvases by international artists.

It is a popular place for locals as it has a dance club, weekly drama classes, a creative writing laboratory and the Scottish Screenwriters Club. You can go along and listen to or experiment in modern electronic music, take part in lectures or watch short documentaries or foreign films in the Centre’s cinema.

The “Aye Aye Books” bookshop in the foyer has a vast collection of art books, magazines, CD’s and DVD’s. The café has an outdoor terrace with views over the shopping area. The food is very good and you can enjoy a meal at reasonable prices. There is a special Pre-Theatre menu and a Tapas Special menu with a selection of delicious snacks.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 am
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The Royal Highland Fusiliers Home Headquarters & Museum

7) The Royal Highland Fusiliers Home Headquarters & Museum

The Royal Highland Fusiliers Home Headquarters and Museum is to be found on Sanchiehall Street and it is a very interesting museum well worth a visit.

The Royal Highland Fusiliers were formed in 1959 when the 21st Company of the Royal Scots Fusiliers merged with the 71st, 73rd and 74th Companies of the Highland Light Infantry and they moved into their present headquarters in 1960.

The museum covers the twin histories of the RSF and the HLI from 1678 to the present day, with displays spread out in six galleries: Gallery N°1 explains how the regiments were founded; In Gallery N°2 you will see the uniforms and artefacts from campaigns all round the world. Gallery N° 3 also holds uniforms, medals and musical instruments.

Other uniforms and weapons are to be found in Gallery N°4. Gallery N°5 deals with weapons used during World War One and the years between the Wars, while in Gallery N°6 you will find weapons and artefacts from to World War Two to the present day. These last galleries have an impressive display of maps and photos.

You can visit the Colonels’ Room and Dining Room, both of which can be hired for private lunches and parties. The museum library houses history books from the 19th century, lists of the regiments, lists of medals, information about weapons, uniforms and photos, as well as Rolls of Honour from the two World Wars.

Hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 4pm
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Charing Cross Station and Neighborhood

8) Charing Cross Station and Neighborhood

Charing Cross station serves the community of the same name north of the river Clyde that acts as a boundary between the city center and the west end of Glasgow. Before a modern motorway was built it was the gateway from Sauchiehall Street to the prosperous Woodlands area. Dating from 1886, it was originally part of the Glasgow City and District Railway, the first underground railway in Scotland.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Royal Crescent

9) Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent is a marvelous building situated at the west end of Sauchiehall Street. Designed by architect Alexander Taylor, it was built between 1839 and 1849. This prestigious building, which has the unique distinction of being semicircular in shape, is nowadays used for office space. The building's located right next to the famous Kelvingrove Park, with its multitude of landmarks and attractions.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Glasgow for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Glasgow has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Glasgow, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.