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5 Must See Glasgow Attractions For Families


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Glasgow is known for its luxurious countryside, vibrant urban centres and state-of-the-art football stadiums. As the biggest city in Scotland it boasts an array of attractions just waiting to be visited and explored by you and your family. The following five sights are the best Glasgow has to offer, ensuring you have a memorable holiday.

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

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Located on the south-bank, Glasgow Science Centre is the place to go to see the best of Scottish exhibits and inventions, including three floors of interactive scenery making it a prime attraction for kids. Besides the Science Hall, there is an IMAX cinema, one of only three in Scotland, seating up to and around 400 people.

Whether you enjoy going to the movies or exploring inventions, there’s something for everyone in the world-renowned Glasgow Tower nearby, which stands at a staggering 127 metres high. The tower holds a Guinness world record for being the tallest tower in the world which can rotate a full 360 degrees. A bargain when the prices don’t go above £10.

Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium

Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium Otter

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The deep blue sea comes to Glasgow in a fascinating under-water park where families can learn all about the wonders of wildlife. With prices starting at just £7.70, it will be worth every penny to see Scotland’s first and only giant sea turtle, a large collection of sharks and many more spectacles of sea-life.

With feeding demonstrations, projects to protect the seas and the chance to adopt animals, Glasgow’s top aquarium provides you with the full adventure that is sure to make your day. Alongside the creatures of the ocean is a Loch View Café meaning you can enjoy a meal and watch the waters at the same time.

Rangers and Celtic Football Club Stadium Tours 

Rangers and Celtic Football Club Stadium Tours Glasgow

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There aren’t many choices when deciding which football stadium is worth visiting in Scotland but when the top two selections are arch rivals, it poses a problem. Glasgow Ranger’s Ibrox Stadium is roughly seven miles away from Celtic’s stadium Celtic Park.

The Ibrox Stadium and Celtic Park both have their own trophy room tours which allow you to get an insight inside the players’ dressing rooms as well as look at the collection of achievements both clubs have made in the past. Places for the tour can be reserved through their individual websites and cost under £10 for adults and £5.50 for children.

The Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art

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Here’s something a little more interesting for the adults – Glasgow’s School of Art plays host to some of the most fascinating pieces of art, design and architectural innovations from contemporary artists. You’ll find plenty to inspire you here. As one of Europe’s leading higher education institutes in the field of visual creativity, the museum presents a monthly exhibition which focuses on a single artist’s drawings.

A guided tour of the Mackintosh building is available which takes you through the building’s construction and fascinating interior decorations. A School of Art gift shop can be found inside the institution too and every purchase goes towards making new and more pioneering pieces for the future. Adults are priced at just £8.75 and children tickets are under £7.

The Tall Ship

The Tall Ship Glasgow

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Since the opening of the tour in 1991, The Tall Ship has been visited by over half a million people so far and the numbers are rising. Built in 1896 as a cargo ship, it now runs as one of Glasgow’s most fascinating attractions. The facilities on offer include themed events and activities as well as open visits which allow tourists to see the whole ship, ranging from the Captain’s cabin to a mini-cinema.

A cargo-hold with events for children under-5 provides adults with a chance to relax and take in the sights as well as learn the history of the ship via a talk with the Captain. The best bit about the Tall Ship is that it can be rented for a day and has been used in the past for weddings, birthdays and parties. Prices start at £5 and one child can come on board for free per every paying adult.

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