Glasgow has a fantastic range of indoor attractions to visit with your kids, including loads of museums, independent cinemas and theatres, smart shopping and entertainment arcades and indoor play centres.
If you’re visiting Glasgow with kids, check out below our selection of the best Indoor Activities.
1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
First opened in 1901, this museum and gallery is a firm favourite with families, both locals and tourists. It boasts stunning architecture and 22 galleries displaying a diverse range of treasures, from Ancient Egypt to Art and Animals. There is also an ever-changing programme of temporary exhibitions and displays. At weekends and during the school holidays there are lots of family-focused events on offer too, many of them free.
Address: Argyle Sreet, Glasgow G3 8AG
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm (11am – 5pm on Fridays & Sundays)
2. The Riverside Museum & Tall Ship
The kids will love this award winning transport museum where they can see everything from skateboards to historic trains, and get hands on with interactive displays. Step back in time as you can walk through recreations of Glasgow’s historic streets, climbing aboard vintage trams and fire engines along the way. When you’re done inside, head out to the Tall Ship that’s moored outside – a floating museum detailing Glasgow’s rich shipbuilding heritage.
BabyBreaks Tip: Don’t miss the pop-up ‘Riverside Beach’ during the summer!
Address: 100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm (11am-5pm on Fridays and Sundays)
3. Glasgow Science Centre
The ultra-modern, unique domed architecture of Glasgow’s Science Centre hints at what you will find inside – boundary-pushing experiments, research and displays to enlighten young minds and get them excited about the world around them. Finally, there are loads of interactive activities, from a workshop highlighting the importance of bees, to an alien show in the Planetarium.
Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am-5pm.
4. Soar at Intu Braehead
Located within one of the city’s largest shopping centres, Soar is an amusement centre which provides loads of entertainment for a rainy day. There are also laser games, a climbing wall, bowling, indoor skiing, a trampoline park, adventure golf. And let’s not forget a chocolate making experience and a 17 screen cinema!
There really is something for all ages and tastes here. When you’ve worked up an appetite after all that excitement, there are also lots of dining options to choose from within Intu, including Pizza Express, TGI Fridays and Nandos.
Opening Hours: Individual attractions vary, check the website for more details
5. Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre
Finally, enjoy a family friendly show at this arts centre in Glasgow’s West End. The kids will be enchanted by the puppet master’s performances, and there are also workshops and special events where they can get involved, at weekends and during the school holidays. As well as the theatre, there is a mask and puppet museum, library and a café onsite.
Opening Hours: Open 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday.
So if you visit Scotland, make sure to stop by Glasgow before you take your train back home, we recommend spending 1 or 2 nights unless you take the famous Caledonian Sleeper train from the main train station. Happy Travelling in Scotland!
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