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Because most delegates will only have Saturday afternoon and the Sunday available for sightseeing or other leisure activities, here are a few suggestions.
More information (maps, timetables, etc.) can be obtained from the local organization team. There is also a Visitor Information in the main University building, where souvenirs can be purchased.
Museums. Glasgow has a large number of museums, all free of charge. Within a few minutes of the conference venue you will find the Macintosh House (just next to the University Library), the Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum (in the main University building), the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery (the impressive sandstone building on the other side of the Kelvin River in Kelvingrove Park) and the Museum of Transport (just behind the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum). Opening times: 10.00-17.00 on weekdays and Saturday; Sundays: 11.00-17.00, Macintosh House and Hunterian closed.
City Centre. A short ride in the Underground takes you to the City Centre (the stops are Buchanan Street and St Enoch Square.
Walking. Kelvingrove Park is just behind the University. A very nice round-trip can be made from the Park, following the Kelvin River upstream for about 2 kilometres on the Kelvin Walkway and then crossing back into the Botanic Gardens which contains beautiful gardens and tropical greenhouses. Byres Road takes you back to the University.
Tours. There is a bus with open top which provides a tour covering the West End of Glasgow and the City Centre. The ticket price is GBP 6 and one can get off at any stop, explore a location at leisure and get back on the next bus coming around.
Shopping. Byres Road features shops in every category. For a larger selection, the City Centre is the obvious place to go; especially, the St Enoch Centre is worth a visit. Many shops, but not all, are open on Sundays.
Further afield. Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, is just 50 minutes away by train. Trains run from Queen Street Station at 30 minute intervals. Ask for a cheap day-return ticket which costs GBP 8.
The countryside. The West of Scotland has some beautiful rugged countryside to offer. Distances to the closest areas of real interest are (approximately): Loch Lomond 50 km, Crianlarich 80 km, Glen Coe 120 km, Fort William 160km. All these destinations would permit a half-day or full-day outing with some leisure activity, such as walking or hiking. Make sure to use sturdy footwear and take a rainproof jacket. Travel options:
Cinemas. A cinema with 2 screens can be found in Ashton Lane within 200 metres of the main University building. Multi-screen cinemas can be found in the City Centre.
Food and Drink. There are a large number of small restaurants, fast food places and pubs
alongside or just off Byres Road.
Please note: the West End of Glasgow, i.e., the area in which the University is located, is generally a very safe area even during the night. This may not be the case in some other areas of the city. After all, as in any other major British city, there are drug problems, and there is crime. It is highly unlikely that any visitor will ever venture in such areas. This notice is merely to make people aware that in some parts of Glasgow - and I repeat that the University area is not one of them - it is perhaps not such a wise idea to walk along back alleys in darkness.
Glaswegians are generally very friendly people who are happy to talk to visitors, give them advice and help them find their way. If you are lost or need some other information, simply ask.