Glasgow offers great kids activities! The city is relatively compact and as a result, easy to walk around, with over 90 parks and gardens. Glasgow also 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.In short, you’ll find you are never far from somewhere for the kids to burn off some energy. Above all, the city is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, including wild beaches and awe-inspiring mountains and lochs.
If you’re visiting Glasgow with kids, check out below our selection of the best 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.
6. Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Wander around the beautiful Glasgow Botanic Gardens and greenhouses. Including the famous Kibble Palace which houses the National collection of tree ferns. Get lost amongst the exotic and rare plants, soak up the history of the iconic buildings, established in 1807. Afterwards, head to the charming tea shop for refreshments on the sun terrace.
Opening Hours: Grounds: 7am – dusk. Glasshouses: 10am-4pm / 6pm (winter/summer)
7. Cuningar Loop
This recreational space next to the River Clyde is certainly a popular family hangout. It offers an adventure playground, bicycle tracks and a bouldering area. So stay active with your family and follow the 3 miles of walking paths, soaking up the tranquil riverside atmosphere.
Opening Hours: 24/7
8. Pollok Country Park
At first, this sprawling country estate on the west of the city feels worlds away from the bustling streets. In others words, it is a wonderful place to escape to with your family. Immerse yourselves in nature as you discover extensive woodlands and gardens teeming with wildlife. Including clydesdale horses and highland cows. There are also picnic areas, a play park, walled gardens and riverside trails. No wonder the park has won numerous awards including Britain’s Best Park (2006) and Best Park in Europe (2008).
Opening Hours: 24/7. Individual attractions may vary.
9. West Highland Way
If you have kids old enough to walk a few miles, a hike on this stunning stretch of Scottish Highland is certainly a must. Stretching for 154 km from Milngavie to Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis. Most importantly the route offers breathtaking views of some of the most wild, unspoiled countryside in the UK.
You can walk as far as you like, depending on your fitness. In addition, the website below has useful itineraries to follow with maps and tips.
10. Loch Lomond
A 40 minute drive out of Glasgow will bring you to one of Scotland’s most famous beauty spots, Loch Lomond. Therefore this huge stretch of water surrounded by the mountainous landscapes of the Trossachs National Park is truly inspiring. The kids will also love following the ‘Fairy Trails’ near the village of Luss or at Balloch Country Park. That is to say, if you’re camping enthusiasts, there are several sites where you can pitch up next to the water. A chance for some real downtime with your your brood.
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! Most importantly, we hope you will enjoy fully your next trip in Glasgow and have lots of fun!
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