Glasgow Cathedral & The Necropolis

When we decided to travel to Scotland, I knew that one of the places I wanted to visit (nearly top of the list) was the Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis.  We actually ended up going out of our way to visit, but it was worth it.  When I saw pictures of the Glasgow Cathedral, my first thought was that it is the picture-perfect, stereotypical gothic church.  From the outside you see many tall spires, tons of stained glass and just an architecturally beautiful church.  It is very easy to see why it made the list. Arriving in the city was very easy, we came in by car and the freeway system was easy to navigate.  There were many signs that helped direct us right into town and directly to the cathedral.  We were able to locate a parking garage called the Duke Street Car Park that was not far off the freeway and was a short walk to the cathedral. Entrance to the cathedral was free at the time of our visit and donations to the church are always accepted, but not required.  You should be able to visit any day of the week but you will need to check the current times on the churches website:  Visiting Glasgow Cathedral     The inside of the church is just as incredible as the outside.  You first enter into the Nave of Glasgow Cathedral, this is a large open area that leads to the main altar.  When passing from the Nave to the main altar, you can also head downstairs, under the church to visit the crypt and see the Shine of St. Mungo.  It is much cooler in the area as you are under the church, kind of gives a creepy feeling but it is an area not to be missed. The Necropolis After leaving the cathedral, we headed over to Church Lane which takes you thru the large entrance to the Necropolis. We probably wandered around for about an hour or so looking at the many ornate memorials.  Some were very simple being just a headstone and other were quite large and extravagant, seeming to be the size of a small building.  It was a cloudy dreary day when we visited, which kind of fit the tone of the Necropolis.            Like this post?  PIN IT!

Doctor Who Experience

Doctor Who Experience?? Calling all Whovian! Calling all Whovians! I have to admit to you that when planning our trip to the UK, I did send us a few hours out of our way just to go to this museum. The museum is currently (Aug 2015) located in Cardiff, but I have read that in 2017 it is scheduled to be moved. We were traveling from Edinburgh, Scotland to London by planning to go thru Manchester and Stonehenge. Really it added an extra 3 hours driving to our trip and we had to stay overnight in Cardiff…Doctor Who Experience, totally worth it! Driving into Cardiff was very easy since it was Sunday morning and with a little preplanning we found that there a few parking garages within walking distance of the museum.  We knew the general direction we needed to go to get to the museum and started on our way.  After a few minutes, we came across this cute little sign and knew that we were in the right place and going in the right direction.  I wanna say that the walk from the parking garage to the museum was maybe a 10-minute walk and you are right on Cardiff Bay so the views are pretty fantastic. As you get closer and closer to the museum, you start to see more things to get you excited.  Not sure if that was on purpose or just me.  We saw a Tardis statue over a dock and also some larger signs that showed characters from the show.  Either way it was a great way to lead up to the museum.  We ended up arriving a little before the opening time so we had some time to look around the outside.  Once the museum doors were opened we went inside to find a nice lobby area with a small restaurant. The first part of the Doctor Who Experience that you will go through is an “Interactive Experience” with the Doctor.  It is a little cheesy but if you let yourself have fun with it and go along with the story it is really kinda cute.  We enjoyed “flying” the Tardis and defeating the bad guys!  After that, you are released into the rest of the museum to free wander and see memorabilia from the show.  You will so much stuff from throughout the history of the show.  Costumes, props, good guys, bad guys and everything in between. After wandering through at our own paces, we eventually all met up near the exit to the museum.  This exit led you to the gift shop before ultimately leading you outside the building.  The gift shop had lots of things available and the pricing wasn’t that bad considering it is a gift shop.   All in all, we had a really fun time visiting the Doctor Who Experience and in a  few years I would visit again to see it in a new location with new items displayed.   Like this Post?  PIN IT!