WHAT TO SEE IN GLASGOW

By , Special to The Christian Science Monitor

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.

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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.

Art

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.

Getting there

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.

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