“ At Buchanan Galleries, 220 Buchanan St, Glasgow, you'll discover a City Centre shopping experience that is without equal. Where top retailers, including the John Lewis Department Store, combine to provide an unrivalled and tempting choice of shops. „
The Centre itself The Centre itself The shopping centre was opened in 1999, and cost 250GDP million to build. It is one of the largest city centre shopping developments in the United Kingdom, boasting an internal retail space of nearly 56,000 m squared. Shops and places to eat There are a wide variety of stores in the centre, and there does seem to be something for almost everyone in there. The anchor tenant in the shopping centre is John Lewis, which is spread over all the floors of the shopping centre. There are a lot of clothing stores such as Next, H&M, Mango, Oasis and River Island. There are underwear shops such as Boux Avenue and La Senza. There are also shops such as Yankee Scotland and Pandora for gifts. There is also a Build-a-Bear, The Entertainer and a Lego shop for the kids. Places to eat are generally located on the fourth floor of the centre, and include (amongst others Burger King, a chinese restaurant and coffee shops. Location and how to get there The centre is just around the corner from Queen Street train station.On my last visit, the bus left us off at Buchanan bus station, and it was just a short walk across the street and round the corner. There is also a subway station in Buchanan Street if you are planning on using the subway. If you are planning on driving here you can find car park entrances at Killermont Street and Cathedral Street. If you're coming from the M8 motorway, take junction 15, 16 or 17, and follow the signs for 'North Car Parks' and then 'Buchanan Galleries'. My thoughts The shopping centre had always stood out in my mind, because it seemed unique compared to any other centre I had seen at the time. I was there when the centre was newly opened, everything looked new and polished. It also seemed very light and airy and easy to find your way around. Fast forward to the present day. When I walked in, the view was the same, but it seemed dated, and I noticed that the marble around the escalators was looking worn, marked and tired. There have been a lot of changes in the last 10 years, and I'm sure the centre has seen many stores open and close, and I can't really remember the individual stores that were there 10 years ago, I just remember I was a big Next and Gap fan, and both were there (although I noticed Gap have moved onto Sauchiehall Street now). The centre is still light and airy and easy to navigate. There are a wide selection of stores, and there are also the smaller stalls around the centre. It is in a great location, and all the stores in centre as well means that it is a fantastic place to shop. Further information Location 220 Buchanan Street Glasgow G1 2FF Telephone: 0141 333 9898 You can also check out http://www.buchanangalleries.co.uk/ for further information.
Buchanan Galleries is one of the newer shopping malls in the city centre. It is situated in the very centre of the city on Buchanan Street which is a long street full of major high street brands. There is good parking available and a bus stop outside with the cities major bus station across the road.
So good access then but once inside it is all very biege. There is a good range of shops over two floors with the top floor dedicated to Next and John Lewis with a food court attached onto the end with the usual fast food places and one up market sandwich take away place.
The main attractions are the massive Next and John Lewis. All the other shops pretty much cash in on being near them. There is little else to note though in terms of shops. It is interesting to note though that there is some small sole owner operator places which may be of internet to people with specialist tastes. These places include:Pretty in the City, Arran Aeromatics and Brewhaha.
The mall itself is generally clean and there is security around all the time to deal with anti social behaviour which does put you at ease. The problem is I have been a few times for present ideas or inspiration for christmas and birthdays but left empty handed. There is just not many good shops there and more often than not you will find at least one empty unit but then this is quite common everywhere at the moment
Glasgow is a city which over recent years has seen huge improvements to the look and feel of the city centre and in the main this has meant that the variety and quality of shops has become exceptional and pushed Glasgow to be one of the best shopping experiences around.
Buchanan Galleries is fantastically placed for people travelling into Glasgow as it is across the road from Glasgows main bus terminal and is right beside Glasgow Queen Street train station and also the underground station right beside this.
The centre itself is a fantastically bright, airy and clean shopping area which has shops on each side with a large central "walkway" meaning that you don't feel confined when it gets busy.
The shops on offer include:
John Lewis, Game, Next, Boots, Thorntons, River Island, Topman, Levi's, Gap, Phones 4 U, Clintons, Disney Store and many more
The shops are all well maintained and kept clean with ample space to move around the stores thanks to it being well designed and laid out.
The shopping centre has escalators to take you up and down each floor which helps the centre to feel a very natural flow with the centre gradually slopes up so that you are moving along the stores without having a mega distance to walk meaning that you can enter and leave the centre without having moved miles from your starting point.
The main entrance offers automatic doors with a side entrance having normal entrance methods but offering elevators aswell as escalators.
I have on a couple of occassions also gone to the food court which has about 5 places on offer to get food from but I have only ever eaten at the Burger King. I have also had a snack and drink in John Lewis which has a restaurant area that overlooks the rest of the centre and is below the large dome roof.
- Well designed and laid out shopping centre
- Food court
- Design keeps you very central so that when leaving you are not miles from where you started
- Escalators and elevators which are always well maintained
- Clean, airy and fresh feel
- Great variety of shops
- Stalls in the "walkway" area
- In-built car park
I love the shopping experience in Glasgow and thanks to the placement of the Buchanan Galleries I always go for a walk around the shops within due to the fact there is a good variety on offer and it does not place you miles from the entrance when you head out for the rest of the shopping day. Excellent transport links right beside the centre also means it is quick and easy to do your shopping and you don't have to go miles on foot to do it. Whilst I don't drive I do also love that there is a car park in-built to the shopping centre.
Buchanan Galleries is one of the newest shopping malls in Glasgow. It is well situated beside the Royal Concert hall on a pedestrianised Buchanan Street - the home of brands in Glasgow! It is well situated for public transport as it can be accessed via John Lewis from Buchanan Street Bus Station, or by train from Glasgow Queen Street Station.
The shops are laid out mainly over 2 floors, and there is a car park sitting above and around the centre linked by an integral walkway - ideal when it is wet. Generally the car parking is no more expensive than the usual NCP prices, however on a Sunday you can park all day in the Galleries for only £2 although they do tend to do some deals from time to time where they reduce Sunday parking to only £1 all day. There is also a car valet service available within the car park which do a great job and are reasonably priced. A mini valet costs around £15 and I have to say I was impressed to find my boot hoovered despite the fact it was filled with rubbish at the time! When paying for car parking there are several pay machines within the car park lobby and 4 lifts so even at busy times you don't generally wait too long.
Inside there is a good selection of high street shops to satisfy most shoppers. Buchanan Galleries brought to Glasgow our first and only John Lewis which is one of the highlights to the centre. Other than that there are the usual run of the mill stores Oasis, Warehouse, H&M and Next. There are a couple of stores which don't exist elsewhere in Glasgow and make the galleries worth a visit including Mango, Thomas Sabo and the Swarovski store which is good for picking up gifts.
The food hall on the top is basic and could do with improving. They offer a jacket potato place, Burger King and a couple of generic overpriced sandwich style places. The seating is hard plastic and the tables are quite close together which can make negotiating a buggy or a wheelchair tricky!
All in all, the galleries offer a good selection of stores, pretty much the high street under cover with good car parking facilities although can be expensive outwith their Sunday offer. A good base to shop in Glasgow.
As you will have become aware from some of my previous reviews I am not really one for trawling the high street looking for clothing items. I prefer the convenience of buying most of my items online, However on occasion we all unfortunately have to do this at some point. I had been invited to a party so thought that it was about time I invested in a new dress!! Well living and working in Glasgow the only place for me to shop has to be the Buchanan Galleries. Fortunately I always go very early in the morning to try and avoid the crowds and for the most part tend to be able to experience a good couple of hours hastle free shopping and can actually try items on quickly instead of having to wait in huge long queues. The beauty of the "galleries"as they are known locally is that they have a wide range and variety of shops under one roof and a convenient adjoining car-park so you really don't have to stray to far afield to find the items that are of interest to you.
The Buchanan galleries are situated in the heart of Glasgow's main shopping district and can be found between the world famous Sauchiehall street and Buchanan street. Just a stones throw away from the main Queen street Railway station and Buchanan bus station.The shopping centre is open seven days a week from nine until six and 10-6pm on a Sunday. The added bonus of shopping here is that you can ( I couldn't personally think of anything worse myself) leave your car in the adjoining car park which is open from 8am until 11.30 pm and go for a meal or to the cinema after your days shopping!! The parking fees are very competitive for being right in the city centre. All day parking from 8am in the morning till closing will set you back around £12. There are special discounts available. I would suggest contacting them for any special rates and current offers before travelling as there are discount vouchers available.
Now onto the important business of the shopping facilities. The galleries boast over 90 stores within its walls. These include lots of high street names and specialist stores. Some of these include 7 Camice, Accessorize, Anne Harvey, John Lewis,Thorntons, Gap, Baytrading, Ben and Jerrys, Birthdays, Boots,Carphone Warehouse, Disney Store, Ernest Jones, Fragrance Room, Fred Perry, Game ,Gap, H Samuel, H&M, Jane Norman, La Senza, Mango, Next, O'neill, Phones For U, Levi, Principles, Swarovski, East, Jacques Vert, Kschocolat, Phase Eight, and Quicksilver to name but a few. There are a variety of shops to suit all occasions and budgets so you are sure to find something that suits your particular taste.There is a website available www.buchanangalleries.co.uk. This site will give you a list of all the retail outlets available and is well worth a look, as they often list special offers and promotional discounts.
There are also an extensive range of food outlets within the shopping centre if you want to pause for a well-deserved coffee break fancy a snack or lunch. I always tend to go to 'the place to eat' in John Lewis as it is very quiet in the morning and offers a wide variety of sandwiches, cakes coffees etc. Plus a fabulous view of sauchiehall street if you are lucky enough to be able to get to the windows !!There is also the food gallery, Starbucks, Millies Cookies, Crepe a Croissant. On this particular occasion I tried a new venue which had just opened and was called Brewhaha. I Surprised myself here as I am normally a creature of habit. However as it was new and looked pleasant I decided to give it a try. They stock over 45 different kinds of tea from around the world and wonderful fresh sandwiches and cakes. Although I did not partake myself they also have high teas which they serve from 3-6pm daily. Overall well recommended for a short rest break and reasonably priced.
Other facilities within the Galleries include, security patrolled car parking, with monitored cctv cameras available so you will not have to worry about car damage. They also have helpful Customer service officers, cash machines. Large and very clean and well-maintained toilet facilities and disabled toilets. A baby changing room and a breast feeding room. Furthermore there are telephones a bureau de change and a customer help desk. You can buy gift vouchers here which can be redeemed in any of the outlets within the galleries.
Overall the galleries is a great shopping experience rolled into one however I would recommend going early to avoid the crowds as it is a very popular place to shop. For the most part I avoid these places after 2pm in the afternoon as you really can't move. It is well kept and still looks brand new after ten plus years after its initial opening. A great shopping experience with pretty much everything you will need in one convenient place. Recommended 4 stars.
Glasgow's famous for many things, one of them being it's fantastic shopping. Buchanan Galleries is one of Glasgow's major shopping centres.
Built around 1999, it's situated on the corner of Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street. It's one of the easier shopping centres to get to as it sits beside Queen Street station, Buchanan Bus Station and Buchanan Street Subway. There is also ample parking (Although sadly this isn't free!)
The centre houses some great big names like John Lewis, Boots and Gap but also has other brands such a Mikey, Swarovski and Virgin Vie Cosmetics.
The selection of beauty stores is great, there is ample jewellery shops and the large John Lewis is a bonus for household items. The only thing that's missing is a few more shoe shops!
There's enough to keep the boys amused for a few hours and a few kiddy shops too.
Opening times are pretty standard, 9-8 on Thurs, 10-6 Sun and 9-6 for the rest of the week. There is also the usual facilities that you'd expect, toliets, baby changing and food court. Although the food court is a bit of a let down and is very limited however the shops more than make up for it!
There are plently lifts, escalators and cash machines. It's still a fairly new shopping centre and looks great and also within it, sits the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Like most shopping centres it has regular events and goings-on inside it and also issues it's own Gift Cards which can be used through the centre as they're taken by most of the retailers.
Fully covered so no walking around in the pouring rain and at Christmas, it's beautifully lit up with decorations while not playing any annoying Christmas music - shopping bliss!
One thing not to miss though - Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream cafe!!!
The Buchanan Galleries is an indoor shopping mall in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre. The centre has wide open malls and the whole centre has a bright, clean feeling to it. There are about 80 shops in the centre, the largest of which is the John Lewis Department Store. The shops are on three levels, with a Food Gallery on a fourth level. There is a decent selection of shops, although by far the majority are clothes shops. For us men, who don’t always enjoy browsing around clothes shops, I would have preferred to see more seating in the centre, where we could sit down and wait whilst others looked around the shops. Apart from in the Food Gallery there are very few seats anywhere in the centre. There is a crèche where children aged 2 – 8 years old can be left, whilst their parents shop in the centre. For older children they may be attracted to the Internet kiosks that are situated next to the Food Gallery. The centre has a large car park (2000 spaces) and from here there is easy access to the shopmobility scheme, if required. For a full list of all the shops and for more information about the centre you can look on their web site at: http://www.buchanangalleries.co.uk Although the centre is very pleasant there did not seem to be many outstanding shops, just a collection of a lot of the shops that you would normally find on any High Street. For me this was not a very interesting shopping centre, but then I do not enjoy shopping for clothes, so it may be very enjoyable for followers of fashion.