Glasgow is one of the UK’s most visited cities.

The city that hosted the highly popular Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988, was European City of Culture in 1990, and was designated the UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games welcomes over 3 million tourists from all over the world each year who are drawn by its wealth of cultural attractions and activities.

 

Glasgow Museums

One of the finest civic collections in Europe displayed in 9 museums across the city.

Glasgow Museums offer something for everyone. Whether you want to find out more about an artist, come with your class to see how we used to live, see the latest in contemporary art, or simply meet a friend for coffee, there is a museum for you!

Admission to all our museums is free, most have café facilities and a shop, and we warmly welcome children. A small entry charge may apply to some temporary exhibitions.

FREE entry!

Our Museums

  1. The Burrell Collection (closing for refurbishment late autumn)
  2. Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
  3. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  4. People’s Palace* and Winter Gardens
  5. Riverside Museum
  6. Scotland Street School Museum*
  7. St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art
  8. and Provand’s Lordship*

Opening Hours

  • Mon – Thu & Sat: 10.00–17.00
  • Fri & Sun: 11.00–17.00 (GoMA open til 20.00 on Thu)

 

Glasgow Science Centre

GLAweb 2Fun, excitement and inspiration.  Explore around 350 interactive science exhibits and experiments, try the egg drop challenge, compete to make the best landyacht or give computer coding a go – it all goes to make a great day out.

Get hands on in the science mall

Unlike many museums there’s hardly a glass box in sight – we’re all about rolling your sleeves up and having a go.  Almost all of our exhibits are designed to be played and experimented with and each of them shows off an aspect of science, as well as being a whole heap of fun.

Explore the amazing BodyWorks exhibition on Floor three, on Floor two Powering the Future examines and explains the challenges and opportunities brought about by our energy hungry lifestyles, whilst ‘my World of Work’ explores the links between science, industry, careers and aptitudes.  Floor One is home to the ‘Big Explorer’ (for people lucky enough to be 7 or under) as well as the Space Zone and fascinating interactive exhibits on fundamental science.

Connect with the Cosmos in our new digital planetarium

GLAweb 3Leave Earth and fly through the rings of Saturn or visit the dark side of the moon!  The technology of the Planetarium contains a dataset of the entire known universe using images from NASA and other space agencies, letting us navigate at free will through it’s enormity.  Altogether an amazing experience!

Summertime trips up the Glasgow Tower

The Tower holds a world record as the only structure capable of turning through 360 degrees.  At 127 metres tall it offers fantastic views over Glasgow and the surrounding countryside.  The Tower operates in the summer, subject to weather conditions, please check first if you are coming specially to go up it.

‘Taste’ – our café

New for 2016, the café offers a great selection of good food to recharge your batteries.

Programmes vary. The workshops and activities described above are representative but may not all occur during your visit.  For more details visit the Science Centre site or call us on 0141-420-5000.

 

Hard Rock Cafe

A visit to Glasgow wouldn’t be complete without visiting Hard Rock Cafe. Whether you’re a raving fan or Hard Rock novice, we’ll make you feel like a Rock Star from the moment you walk through our doors.

Opening Hours

Sun – Thurs: 12pm – 11pmFri – Sat: 11am – 12am

  • Telephone: 0141 353 8790
  • Email: glasgow_salescoordinator@hardrock.com

 

The Glasgow School of Art

Visit the beating heart of Glasgow’s creative output for over 100 years.

Discover the architectural masterwork of innovative architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his iconic furniture designs and cutting-edge contemporary art in the prestigious new Reid building at 164 Renfrew Street.

In May 2014 a fire damaged the west wing of the Mackintosh building and as such there is no visitor access to the interiors whilst restoration is underway. But there is still plenty for visitors to do and see at The Glasgow School of Art!

Join a daily, hour-long, Mackintosh at the GSA Tour to uncover Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s story from student to visionary architect. Examine the exterior of his greatest architectural achievement with GSA’s knowledgeable student guides and gain access to GSA’s unique collection of original Mackintosh furniture.

Investigate artefacts from GSA’s archives in the Window on Mackintosh visitor centre to uncover student life at the School from 1845 to present day.

Celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design this summer on a walking tour with GSA’s talented student guides. Immerse yourself in Mackintosh’s Glasgow and wider work in “Glasgow Style” Art Nouveau or explore Creative Glasgow to uncover the unique story of Glasgow’s remarkable artistic regeneration.

View thought provoking curated contemporary exhibitions in the Reid Gallery and make a date in your diary to attend GSA’s annual student degree shows.

Invest in new talent hailing from the School and pick up the perfect memento of your visit in the GSA Shop, where every purchase supports the School.

Window on Mackintosh visitor centre, exhibitions & GSA Shop

Open 7 days including bank holidays, 10am – 4.30pm.(Festive closure 24th December 2016 – 2 January 2017)

 

Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium

SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium is just 30 minutes from Glasgow, situated on the stunning Loch Lomond Shores. Explore an amazing underwater world and take a fascinating journey from the Loch Lomond shores to the ocean depths through 7 themed zones, including our Tropical Ocean Tunnel. Get up close to over 1500 creatures, including Scotland’s only Giant Green Sea Turtle, the largest collection of sharks in Scotland, our playful family of otters and, new for 2016, the first Cow Nose Rays in Scotland!

Find out how it feels to touch a starfish and other creatures living in our interactive rockpool then head to our Observation Deck for unrivalled views of Loch Lomond, or relax in our welcoming café.

With fun talks, animal feeds, special events and our quiz trail, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at SEA LIFE Loch Lomond.

The aquarium offers great fun for all the family, whatever the weather!

Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm (last admission at 4pm)

Admission cost: £13.95 (under 3’s  free of charge)