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Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow

(3.8/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Buchanan Galleries is a shopping centre located in the central area of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. Construction began in 1996 and the building opened to the public on 31 March 1999. Costing £250 million, it is one of the largest city centre shopping developments in the United Kingdom, boasting an internal retail space of nearly 56,000 m² (603,000 sq ft). The building adjoins onto the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and could be classified as the first urban megastructure to be built in Glasgow city centre since the infamous Anderston Centre of the early 1970s.The complex's anchor tenant is John Lewis which occupies all of the northern side of the complex, including part of the car park area which it uses as a customer collections point.The Galleries is located on the junction between the famous Glaswegian shopping streets of Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, a previously run down area full of derelict buildings (the site was once the home to the Glasgow branch of the NAAFI), and half-abandoned stores. Construction of the building posed a number of problems due to its size: firstly, the car park element of the centre had to traverse the railway tracks leading from the adjacent Glasgow Queen Street station, and the mall section itself had to be built over Cathedral Street.
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TripAdvisor
  • Everything you could want in a place like this is here with plenty of shops and places to eat. Good to visit for a shopping trip. 
  • This is a very large shopping mall with everything under one roof that you could hope for. It was clean and well looked after. Very good to shop till you drop! My wife was in paradise. Busy but not to...  more »
  • This place is one version of my own private Nightmare! Loud, busy, tonnes of great shops, decent places to eat scran, good toilet facilities etc etc. My wife likes it. Her Dad and step-mum like it. Mo...  more »
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  • Nice mall right in the town centre with a good choice of stores. Having the John store is a bonus. The food court is okay, could do with a few more healthy places rather than just the fast food options, but i guess it's usually only a quick bite folk are after. The parking is good and is useful even if not using the mall.
  • Not a massive fan of most of the shops but most of these stars are for tastebuchanan. The local food options upstairs are amazing. Nomad, Chompsky and Union Waffles all deserve a special mention. Reasonably priced and locally sourced food.
  • Decent mall that would get more stars if it was not for the VERY high parking fees. I wish more places did validated parking.
  • I find a visit to the galleries always makes my day. The shops are all close together which means shopping is done quickly then I can go to the food court on the top floor where there is a good choice of places to eat and something to suit everyone. The galleries are always clean and tidy and you always feel safe shopping with all the security guards on duty.
  • Good mall with parking, good range of stores, tending towards the upper end of high strees names. It's also situated at the top of Buchanan St, home to a good range of high end stores