Architecture If you can't stand Victorian architecture, visit Glasgow with your eyes shut. But if you love it, equip yourself with ``Central Glasgow: An Illustrated Architectural Guide,'' by McKean, Walker & Walker, and see what attracts you first - and look everywhere.
Glasgow has several bookshops: John Smith's on St. Vincent Street has a good selection of books about Glasgow. There is a Tourist Information center, open seven days a week in summer, on the same street, on the way to George Square.
Just time for one Victorian masterpiece? Try City Chambers on George Square.
More refined tastes will probably be better pleased by the Glasgow School of Art on Renfrew Street, the highly original masterwork of C.R. Mackintosh. Getting there can easily involve a stroll along Glasgow's famously named Sauchiehall (pronounced SOCH-ee-HALL) Street, or ``street of the willows.'' No noticeable willow trees, but don't miss the restored Willow Tea Rooms, a Mackintosh work.
Go first to the Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove: everything from dinosaurs to Dali, plus a fine collection of French 19th-century painting. Within striking distance is the Hunterian Art Gallery, part of Glasgow University: a varied collection particularly strong on Whistler and Mackintosh.
Museums farther away include The Burrell Collection in Pollok Park and the People's Palace, Glasgow Green.
Seven trains a day leave Euston Station, London, for Glasgow; the journey time is five hours plus. A flight from Heathrow takes one hour, after a one-hour subway ride from central London. A bus to the center of Glasgow takes another 15 or 20 minutes.