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Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow

Categories: Shopping Malls, Shopping
Inspirock Rating:
3.8/5 based on 110 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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  • Been to this place hundreds of times when in town shopping plenty of car parking 4 lifts plus stairs plenty of shops eating places are on the top floor along with the toilets and baby changing facilit...  read more »
  • A couple of levels of shops, great variety, interesting shops, including Pandora and department stores. 
  • Very good shopping centre in the middle of Glasgow, we went on a Sunday so local parking was not an issue. Excellent range of shops and a pleasant place to walk round especially if it is raining outsi...  read more »
  • Big John lewis, a few more interesting stores, free WiFi, but less fooding options.
  • Friday 13th wasn't my lucky day with this gallery car park as I was 23.50 there and couldn't get my car out ( then I found out that the gallery is shut at 23.30) . In the car I had my house keys and I didn't realise it till I walked all the way to find it out. ( I live 50 mins away by walk) so I went back to service place and begged the gentleman to open this car park just for 1 sec I will drive my car and everything is going to be fine but no chance cold blooded gentleman didn't agree so I end up sleeping on the street for that night. I think I will never Park on buchanan Galleries car park now
  • A decent shopping mall, albeit with weirdly early closing times. Not everyone is aware of the bathrooms on the top floor, which can be handy in a pinch and are well kept.
  • Really nice mall to go to whether you like to shop or not. Even though we ended up buying only a couple of souvenirs from a little shop outside the mall, we enjoyed our time here. The place has all kinds of street performers and you could just sit there listen to some of them for hours. It is a lot like the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
  • Ships are ok. Could do with being modernised, the shopping centre is however a great size
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