Being a tourist in Glasgow

Last weekend we travelled to Glasgow to see Sean’s side of the family, I realised that I hadn’t seen much of Glasgow at all so I decided to be a real tourist for a day and use hop-on-hop-off which was £15/pp. Catch the first bus at George Square. Click here for more info.

I was with two of Sean’s cousins, Michelle and Francis who were my tour guides (thank you both!).

My favourite of the 21 stops were:
No 2 the cathedral, the building is absolutely stunning, if your into architecture and photography then you will love this

No 12 the transport museum, we didn’t get off here but I’d been before, entry if FOC and there is an old fashioned street set up inside, complete with little shops and tram station

No 16 the Kelvingrove art museum, I’m not really into art but the building was incredible and there is an organ recital every Sunday at 3pm. Entry is free. 


The river Kelvin also runs alongside the museum. It’s a perfect photo opportunity with Glasgow University in the background.

On the bus you also pass the duke of wellington statue, it’s usually seen with a traffic cone on its head, apparently police keep removing it and then it appears again a few days later. The cone has been replaced so many times that it’s now included in the city’s long list of “modern art”. 

For the easiest city centre parking head to the St Enoch’s Shopping Centre, post code for Sat-Nav: G1 4BW

If you have a car and you have an hour or so spare, try the Clydebank Crane (G81 1BF) entry is only £5/pp and the views over the river Clyde are beautiful on a clear day.

Or, if you’re in Glasgow for more than one day, head to Loch Lomond Shores (G83 8QL) for a relaxing walk and picnic in the summer. The scenery is beautiful and in the summer they have a tree top walkway and water sports for adults as well as kids.  (Cover Photo)

A weekend in Newcastle upon Tyne



Things to Do

Whenever we have visitors we always take them to the Baltic first, it’s free to enter. Take the lift straight to the 5th floor and go to the viewing box for an amazing view of Newcastle and all its bridges.

 
Newcastle has a few gorgeous parks right in the city centre, my favourites are Exhibition Park and Leazes Park, and you can easily waste a few hours here on a nice sunny day.

 

The best pace for shopping in Newcastle is on Northumberland Street and Eldon Square. Every Sunday the Newcastle Quayside is lined with market stalls, mainly offering food and other home-made crafts, if the sun is out it gets really busy with locals.

 

If you have a bit extra time, take the Metro (subway) to Tynemouth, there is a market in the Metro station every weekend and on the third weekend of every month it also houses a farmers market. The metro system is cheap and easy to use, it’s recently been upgraded to accommodate contactless payment. From the station it’s a 5 minute walk to the main street which houses some interesting boutique shops and family run cafes. Keep walking another 2 or 3 minutes and you will be at the beach.

Where to eat:

(Breakfast)

Quay Ingredient, a full breakfast menu ranging from basic toast and coffee to some more colourful creations. Its first come first serve and there will probably be a queue on Sundays but it’s worth the wait.

(Lunch)

Slice, located in the Granger Market, literally the best pizza in Newcastle. From £1.60 for a slice big enough to fill you up until dinner time you can’t go wrong, there are also lots of little dessert places nearby, if you’re still hungry. While you’re in the Granger Market be sure to pop in and see Lesley at Scented Melts, my favourite shop on the planet. I can’t go to Newcastle without calling in and treating myself. (The Market is closed on Sundays.)


Pani’s, this has been here forever but it’s a recent discovery for us, located up a tiny side street (High Bridge Street) just off Grey Street and close to the Theatre Royal. It’s a really cheap and cheerful Italian, perfect for a quick lunch. http://paniscafe.co.uk/

 (Dinner)

Aneesa’s Buffet, an Indian all you can eat, not like any other buffet, the food is always fresh and incredibly tasty. We have both eaten here many times and it’s Grandmas favourite when she visits from Glasgow. A great choice if you have a large group of people to keep happy. Gets really busy so it’s best to book. http://www.aneesas.co.uk/

UNO’s, a small Italian which has been open since the beginning of time, it has a really good atmosphere but really is tiny, pre-booking is always advised. http://unosrestaurant.co.uk

Where to stay:

There are plenty of places to stay in Newcastle which cater to all budgets. I would recommend staying on the quayside to anybody who hasn’t been to Newcastle before. It’s within reach of plenty of bars and restaurants and the walk along the river at night time is the best view in the city.


Best budget option:

Travel lodge quayside, if you’re lucky you could end up with a view of the millennium bridge lit up at night, even if you don’t, the rooms are clean and usually much cheaper than other hotels at the busier end of the quayside.

Best luxury option:

Malmaison Newcastle, this is our favourite hotel and it’s where we got married. It been recently renovated and the food is always amazing, especially the breakfasts. The bar is also a great place to relax and enjoy a cocktail, they have live music on a Friday but its relaxed enough that you can still always have a conversation. If you get a chance to upgrade to a river view it’s certainly worth it. Keep an eye on their website for special offers.