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There is a lot to see and do in Glasgow, the biggest city in Scotland. From the shopping, frequenting the many bars or just wandering around the streets taking in the fantastic architecture - you certainly won't be bored. The other main part that makes Glasgow very special is the people, you are always guaranteed a smile in many of the bars and you'll find that people will just speak to you and sometimes you have new friends by the end of the evening.
Students and Wendys (West End Trendies) occupy The West End. The main street is Byres Road which offers a variety of restaurants, cafés, bars, gift shops, vintage & second hand shops (such as Glorious). Glasgow University is situated near Byres Road. There are two parks- Kelvingrove and The Botanics. Finnieston (bottom of Byres Road, turn left) is also popular with people who live in the area. Try a sandwich at Il Cappuccino on Great Western Road.
Older (yet still trendy) crowd can be found in the Southside. Lots of bars to drink/dine in. Victoria Park takes up a large area of the South Side. Victoria Road hosts shops such as Boots, green grocers and an ice cream parlour.
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The spring months of March to May are generally mild and cool and Glasgow's plant life and flowers start to really bloom at this time of the year. The summer months of May to September vary from mild and wet or warm with sunshine. The warmest month is usually mid year - July, with a daily high averaging 20 °C. Despite occasional dry days, winters in Glasgow are normally wet and quite cold.
Grassroots - Vegetarian restaurant. Very relaxed atmosphere with great imaginative and largely organic veggie menu. Open Monday - Friday 10:00am - 10:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm. Address: 93 St George's Road, Woodlands (Nr Charing Cross) Tel. +44 (0)141 333 0534
Committee Room 9 is a new Gastro pub and Wine Bar. This place offers a warm and traditional feel, great value and some of the best pub food you will find in Glasgow. Address: 18 John Street Merchant City Glasgow
|Barrisdale Guest House Glasgow||115 Randolph Road Broomhill||Guesthouse||-|
|Beersbridge Lodge||50 Bentinck Street||Guesthouse||84|
|Westend Backpackers||3 Bank Street||Hostel||-|
|Botanic Hotel||1 Alfred Terrace Great Western Road||Hotel||-|
|Charing Cross Guest House||310 Renfrew street||Guesthouse||82|
|Euro Hostel Glasgow||318 Clyde Street G1 4NR||Hostel||76|
|Glasgow Youth Hostel||8 Park Terrace||Hostel||82|
|Lomond Airport Hotel||91 New Sneddon Street Paisley||Hotel||-|
|Margaret Macdonald House||89 Buccleuch Street||Hostel||-|
|McLays Guest House||264-276 Renfrew Street||Guesthouse||82|
|The Lomond||6 Buckingham Terrace Great Western Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Old Mill B&B||54 Main St. Cumbernauld Village||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Victorian House||212 Renfrew Street Glasgow||Guesthouse||82|
|University of Glasgow - Cairncross House||20 Kelvinhaugh Place G3 8NH||Hostel||82|
|University of Glasgow - Wolfson Hall||West of Scotland Science Park 2317 Maryhill Road||Hostel||-|
|Onslow Guest House||2 Onslow Drive 2 Onslow Drive||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Alba Hostel Glasgow||6 Fifth Avuenue Glasgow||Hostel||75|
|Blue Sky Hostel||65 Berkeley street||HOSTEL||70|
|Bunkum Hostel||26 Hillhead St.||Hostel||-|
|Argyll Guest House||Sauchiehall Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Alba Lodge||232 Renfrew Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Heritage Hotel||4 Alfred Terrace||Hotel||-|
|Newton Hotel||248 - 252 Bath Street||Hotel||-|
|Kings Park Hotel||Mill Street, Rutherglen Glasglow||Hotel||82|
|Campanile Glasgow||10 Tunnel Street||Hotel||-|
|Dunard Guest House||35 Howieshill Road Cambuslang||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Queens Park Budget Hotel||10 Balvicar Drive Glasgow||HOTEL||-|
|Beersbridge Annex||Firhill Court 150 Firhill Road||Apartment||-|
|Merchant City Inn||52 Virginia Street||Hotel||-|
|Clifton Hotel||26/27 Buckingham Terrace||Hotel||82|
|Scotland / Glasgow Accommodation||Flat 21, 680 Hawthorn Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Alison Guesthouse||26 Circus Drive||Guesthouse||-|
|Ivory Hotel||2-4 Camphill Ave||Hotel||-|
|ibis budget Hotel Glasgow||2A Springfield Quay||HOTEL||-|
|Holly House||54 Ibrox Terrace||Guesthouse||-|
|The Kelvin Glasgow||15 Buckingham Terrace, Great Western Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|St Enoch Hotel||42/44 Howard Street||HOTEL||-|
|devoncove hotel||931 Sauchiehall Street West End North West||Hotel||-|
If traveling in a small group, a shared cost for a serviced apartment might be worth your while. City Apartments in Glasgow are spotless and well cared for apartments within easy walking distance from the busy centre of town near to all the bars and cafes you could want. 1-bedroom apartments from £169/2-Bedroom 229/3=bedroom £299. Great base to see Glasgow from, and you can save money on eating out by self catering. The apartments have cooking, washing facilities, fridges, televisions, Playstation 2, and central heating.
Internet cafés can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00
In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.
Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.
Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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