Glasgow doesn’t just have some of the best eateries, live music destinations and shopping in Britain, it also has more cultural hotspots than you can shake your paintbrush at. We’d like to shed some light on some of the best family-friendly attractions that this stunning city has available.
Glasgow Science Centre
Just 1.5 miles away from Glasgow Euro Hostel, you can immerse yourself in interactive science shows, get involved in workshops and challenge your body as well as your mind in one of the world’s best planetariums. The Glasgow Science Centre has everything to keep you entertained, from a giant hamster wheel in the cutting-edge BodyWorks exhibition to Scotland’s biggest IMAX Cinema. Educational 3D films include Under the Sea, To the Arctic and A Beautiful Planet. Rethink how you experience the world in ‘A Question of Perception’ and appreciate unrivalled views of the city from Glasgow Tower, the tallest fully rotating freestanding structure in the world. That’s a lot of entertainment from one building!
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Glasgow is famous for its incredible architecture and stunning museums. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is no exception. Just 20-minutes from Glasgow Euro Hostel, your cultural taste-buds are guaranteed to be well and truly satisfied with a whopping 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries and 8,000 objects on display. That’s a lot of exploring for two feet to handle. Thankfully, Kelvingrove also has a restaurant, café and – everyone’s favourite – a gift shop on site. Check out our guide to the Best Museums in Glasgow for even more gallery goodness.
What better way to take in the sights that Glasgow has to offer than “doon the watter”?! Clyde Cruises offer a variety of river sightseeing options, from family-friendly ‘Pirate & Princess’ cruises that take sail from Glasgow’s Riverside Museum and include face painting and treasure hunts; to ‘Prosecco Afternoon Tea on the Clyde Clipper’, ideal for special occasions or a group day out with a difference. Select the cruise of your choice and start exploring!
The only cathedral to have survived the Reformation of 1560 intact, this medieval cathedral’s gothic architecture, stained-glass windows and powerful atmosphere are well worth experiencing. While here, have a wee look at the Glasgow Necropolis, for far more than your daily dose of Glaswegian history.
Kibble Palace & Glasgow Botanic Gardens
50 acres of green space might be exactly what you need to escape the buzzing beer gardens and hectic shopping streets of city life in the summer. Glasgow Botanic Gardens is renowned for their tropical plant collections and architecturally impressive glasshouses – the most famous of which is Kibble Palace. A gorgeous tourist destination as well as wedding venue wonderland, the conservatory provides fabulous floral displays throughout the year.
The People’s Palace at Glasgow Green, The Winter Garden & Doulton Fountain
Glasgow Green isn’t only famous for hosting TRNSMT Festival, it’s also the setting for the People’s Palace. Not your typical regal opulence, this palace is – as its name suggests – one for the “people”. You know, us ordinary folk. Showcasing the city through a proper Glaswegian’s eyes, you won’t find giant hamster wheels or cutting-edge technology here. But the exhibits do give visitors a great insight into how Glasgow’s residents spent their time in years gone by. And if that doesn’t quite float your boat, to the side of the Palace is the Winter Gardens and the restored Doulton Fountain. Drift among exotic palms and plants in this gorgeous building and grab a coffee or a bite to eat in their café. We don’t know about you, but exploring makes us peckish.
Zaha Hadid, the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, is also the designer of the striking Riverside Museum. Free to enter and explore, Glasgow’s newest museum contains a collection of the world’s finest cars and bicycles and won the European Museum of the Year award in 2013. Here – on the banks of the Clyde – Glasgow’s rich history comes to life with over 90 large touch screen panels telling the stories behind the 3,000 objects on display.
Loch Lomond Aquarium
Just 30 minutes from Glasgow, situated on the stunning Loch Lomond Shores you’ll find SEA LIFE Loch Lomond. Perfect for a family outing, the Loch Lomond Aquarium is an underwater escape from the bustling city, which is home to the largest collection of sharks in Scotland, the only Cow Nose Rays in Scotland and family favourites - otters Lily, Pickle and Cub. Chat with our friendly team at Glasgow Euro Hostel to figure out your best route for the day.
Glasgow City Chambers
One of the city’s most prestigious buildings, daily tours of the Glasgow City Chambers are available at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Just a 12-minute walk from Euro Hostel Glasgow, George Square is home to historical buildings and an important collection of statues and monuments. The Square also hosts annual family activities to celebrate Hogmanay.
If you’re thinking of visiting Glasgow, book today with Euro Hostel for choice and comfort guaranteed at budget-friendly prices. Save those pennies for exploring the city and making the most of everything Glasgow has to offer.