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5 hours in Glasgow

My sister and I will have 5 hours in Glasgow between trains. The challenge is choosing how to spend that time. I'd welcome any suggestions for favorite sights or activities that we could walk to from the station. We enjoy science and technology museums a bit more than art museums, and love history as well.

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We just got back from Scotland and had just a few hours to spend in Glasgow. We bought a ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus, which I can highly recommend. It makes a circuit of all of the sights in Glasgow in about an hour and half, and you can get off at any point and get back on a later bus. They run every 10-15 minutes. Sights such as the Cathedral and the University of Glasgow are at opposite ends of town, so the bus makes it easy to get around in a short period of time. If you're interested in a science museum I can recommend the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow, and it's small enough to see with not a lot of time. The University itself is also historic and lovely to walk around. You can pick up the hop-on, hop-off bus at George Square in the middle of the city or at the train station.

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Thank you both for your replies. We ended up using the hop on hop off your idea and did find it a great way to get a general overview of the city in a short period of time. We then went to the Willow Tea Rooms for afternoon tea. It was delightful.

We used the left luggage desk at Glasgow Queen Street station where we were able to check 2 suitcases and 2 backpacks for just 6 pounds. It made our quick explore of Glasgow much more pleasant.