This morning, collected guest at Carlton George Hotel, central Glasgow. It was raining, so we elected to join the double deck tour bus for our tour of Glasgow.

First stop at which we alighted was for Glasgow Cathedral. This is an impressive, Gothic edifice dating from the 12th century on a site of religious significance dating back to the 5th century. The earliest part of the present building dates from 12th century with main period of building starting around AD 1240.

Here is the tomb of St. Kentigern ( aka St Mungo), patron saint of Glasgow.

This is the Blackadder Aisle, part of the lower church.

Rain prevented us from visiting the nearby Necropolis (City of the Dead). Because of the public holiday both Provand’s Lordship and the St. Mungo Religious Museum were closed, which was disappointing. However, we jumped back on the tour bus and travelled down to Glasgow Green via Glasgow Cross and St. Andrew’s in the Square.

Glasgow Green is awash with history. This is where inventor, James Watt had inspiration for improving the steam engine which proved a major contributor to the Industrial Revolution. This was also a site for public executions and military activity during the Jacobite uprising.

This is the (teracotta) fountain known as the Doulton Fountain which dates from Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee of 1887.

This image shows the Templeton Carpet Factory with its unusual design based on the Doge’s Palace in Venice. In the foreground are poles along which were strung lines to dry the laundry of the local populace in bygone days.

We walked over to the nearby River Clyde and watched some ladies sculling (in the rain).

After refreshments we rejoined the tour bus and travelled along to the Science Centre.We crossed the Clyde via a footbridge and photographed the Waverley, a paddle steamer which still provides trips up and down the Clyde and out to Arran and West Coast. Image below is of the Waverley.Here is a view which includes the Waverley, ‘Armadillo’ conference centre, Finnieston Crane, and ‘Squinty’ Bridge.
We then re-joined the bus and alighted next at Glasgow University, a very old establishment dating back to the 15th century. Here is an entrance to the University which dates from medieval times and transferred to present site from previous location. By this time the rain had begun to ease.

After the University, we walked down to Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. Here we enjoyed a spot of lunch (Haggis!) and then viewed the Charles Rennie Mackintosh section which includes this piece of furniture from the Hill House.

Here is the entrance to Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

We rejoined the tour bus and alighted in central Glasgow.Here we viewed some more of Mackintosh’s work: Glasgow School of Art and Willow Tea Rooms.

This image shows entrance to the School of Art.
This is the Mackintosh designed Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street.
Finally, after a visit to the nearby shopping centre, the tour finished at the hotel in George Square. We covered a lot of ground in the one day, notwithstanding closures of some venues due to the public holiday.

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