Glasgow Shopping Guide

Buchannan Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Buchannan Street, Glasgow - © user:kilnburn

The Glasgow Shopping guide provides an overview on the range of shops and shopping facilities on offer in Scotland's largest city. Glasgow offers more shopping facilities than anywhere else in Scotland, the city contains a number of shopping centres along with high street shopping and a range of popular markets for shoppers to visit. Glasgow has undergone regeneration and redevelopment along with other cities in the UK, the range of shopping facilities reflect the change that has occurred helping to reinvigorate the city.

Today Glasgow is a popular destination for shoppers that are attracted by the variety of shops along with the steer range of goods available. Glasgow has witnessed an increase in visitors in recent years making it a popular short break destination, with many visitors finding the shopping here an added bonus. Our guide provides a quick reference guide to shopping facilities for visitors to Glasgow.


Shopping Facilities


The St Enoch Centre is a shopping centre located in the city centre famous for being one of the largest glass structures in Europe. There is range of shops available for shoppers to choose from, these include department stores such ad Debenhams and BHS. There are shops catering for fashion and clothing, footwear, homeware, cards, gifts and toys and electrical. There is a Play Area for children to enjoy themselves. When you need to take a break or want some refreshments, there is a large food court housing a range of food outlets catering for snacks and drinks.

The St. Enoch Centre is open 7 days a week, however individual store times vary.

Car parking is available in the Car Park at the shopping centre.

The closest train station is Argyll Street station with Glasgow Central also close by. The Glasgow Subway underground train network has a station at St Enochs making it convenient for getting there.


Buchanan Galleries shopping centre is one of the newer shopping centres in Glasgow, it is located on Buchanan Street in the city centre. The location means the shopping centre is easily assessable by public transport. There are over 90 shops including well known department stores such as John Lewis, other famous high street shops such as Next and H&M.

There are plenty of other shops offering shoppers a choice of goods in clothing and fashion, jewellery, toys and games, electrical and technology, homeware and more. There is also a food court and plenty of cafes offering drinks and a range of snacks and food.

Buchanan Galleries is open 7 days a week, however individual stores may have varying opening hours.

Car parking facilities are available in the car park provided at the shopping centre.

Buchanan Galleries is assessable by public transport, by train the closest station is Queen Street with Central Station also within walking distance. Local bus services are available from Buchanan Bus station next to the centre. The Glasgow Subway has a station at Buchanan Road right next to the shopping centre.


Princes Square is one of the most elegant and fashionable shopping centres in Glasgow. Here shoppers can find a range of designer offerings, the goods range from fashion to lifestyle to jewellery to gifts and accessories. There are plenty of cafes to where shoppers can enjoy a coffee and a snack whilst taking a break from shopping or simply relaxing and enjoying the laid back atmosphere. The restaurants here serve cuisine from around the world including Spanish, Italian, Japanese and fusion. Also within the complex are a range of bars and a nightclub, making this much more than must a shopping centre.

Princes Square is open 7 days a week, however opening hours for individual stores do vary.

There are car parking facilities in Glasgow city centre and the car park for the St Enoch centre is close by.

The train stations close by include Central Station and Queen Street Station. On the Glasgow Subway the stop at St Enochs is close by to Princes Square.


The Argyll Arcade is located between Argyll Street and Princes Street in the heart of Glasgow city centre. It features a covered street famous for its large selection of jewellery shops, this is the place to find a range of jewellery including rings and watches all under one roof. The sheer range of jewellers and the items on offer make this a jewel lover’s paradise. There are a range of jewellers based here some selling contemporary designers others specialise in antiques. The jewellers here range from well known high street names such as H Samuel to Ernest Jones to smaller independent outlets.

There is car parking facilities close by at the St Enoch car park or the NCP car park located on Mitchell Lane, a short walk away.

The train stations at Queen Street and Central Station are within walking distance of the parade. The closest Glasgow Subway station is located at St Enoch. Bus services outside the Argyle Street entrance at the St Enoch Centre close by to the parade.


Savoy shopping centre is located on Sauchiehall Street among the most popular shopping streets in Glasgow. The Savoy shopping centre offers a range of shops including some famous high street names catering for clothing and fashions, sports, footwear, jewellery and furniture. The shopping centre is spread over two floors and there are budgets shops where shoppers can get discounted goods while there are eateries offering food and drink. This a good place for shoppers to get a bargain with a range of discount retailers and smaller retailers with outlets and boutiques offering goods at competitive prices.


Glasgow offers shoppers with pedestrianised areas within the main shopping streets in the city centre. The streets of Argyle Street, Buchanan Street, and Sauchiehall Street are pedestrianised and offer shoppers the chance to wonder round browsing at the range of High Street shops that include famous High Street names along with smaller retailers and independent outlets.


Barras Market is located a short distance east of the city centre. The market offers shoppers with an interesting mix of goods that range from fashion and clothing to computer games to antique furniture. Shoppers should be careful with counterfeit DVDs, videos and CDs on offer. The market does have its own character and offers an interesting experience for visitors to Glasgow.

There is free parking available close to the market for car drivers.

The closest train stations are High Street, Glasgow Central and Queen Street stations that are within 10 minutes walk of the market. The Glasgow Subway station at St Enochs is approx a 5 minute walk from the market.


Glasgow Farmers Markets take place in two locations in Glasgow. The first is the Mansfield Park Farmers Market, held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, from 10am to 2pm. In the market shoppers will find a number of producers selling fresh produce that includes fresh meat and eggs, dairy products, fruit and vegetables, homemade treats and organic produce. Visitors can enjoy a Scottish feel here with traditional music and opportunities to sample the food.

The second market is the Queen's Park market, this is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month and operates between 10am and 2pm. The market is located at Queen's Park in Glasgow and offers shoppers the chance to view over 25 stalls of fresh produce including a range of foods and organic produce.


Maps


Use the Markets Search map to find the location of shops and shopping centres in Glasgow. The markers on the map show the shopping facilities mentioned above. You can also use the local search for restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Tourist Attractions and more. There is also a place finder and phonebook to help your search. To view click on the Glasgow Shopping search link below and ensure your browser is pop up enabled: Glasgow Shopping Map


Tips & Other Considerations


There are variations on the opening hours for shopping centres and individual shops, this is dependent on the shops and the particular day of the week.

Shoppers should be aware of crowds and follow common sense measures to ensure your safety and that of your valuables.

Always be aware of your belongings especially your wallet/purse and valuables and ensure they are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to snatch your bag.

Do not leave your bags and shopping bags unattended to avoid losing them and being a victim of theft.

If you are travelling by car ensure you park in designated car parks or official street parking. Check the parking rules carefully & ensure you understand them. If you are unclear of the rules it is safer not to park there, beware of possible fines and other sanctions that can be used if you park illegally or not in accordance with the rules.



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