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50 Pacific Quay


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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Among noted exhibits at the Glasgow Science Centre are the twirling 417-foot Glasgow Tower, a planetarium, an IMAX theater and exhibits exploring everything from the human body to energy. There's also a theater for live science demonstrations. The center hosts special events for both adults and families. If you have small kids in tow, consider a trip here.

Recent travelers said kids will want to spend all day here exploring the interactive exhibits. However, this museum wasn't a favorite among teenagers or adults traveling without little ones. The high price of admission was another common gripe among recent visitors. (Admission to all the facility's attractions requires various add-ons to the basic single-day admission ticket.) Yes, you can spend half a day at the Glasgow Science Centre, and you'll need to do just that to get your money's worth.

The Glasgow Science Centre is located along the River Clyde on the opposite side of the river from the Riverside Museum. It's about a 30-minute walk from the city center, but it's also reachable via public transportation (the nearest subway station is Cessnock). From the beginning of April to the beginning of November, the Glasgow Science Centre is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From November to March, it welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. General admission tickets to the center cost 10.45 pounds ($13.50) for adults and 8.60 pounds (around $11) for children 3 to 15. Add-ons for access to the planetarium and other experiences are also available. Check the website for more information.

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#1 The Burrell Collection

Travelers express astonishment at this museum's near pitch-perfection. The Burrell Collection's glass walls not only encase a variety of objects and artworks, but they also usher in the surrounding woodlands. In the collection, donated by the late millionaire Sir William Burrell, you'll find everything from Chinese ceramics to Rodin sculptures to more than 20 Degas paintings. After you've had your fill of the museum, you can wander around the surrounding Pollok Country Park.

Under normal circumstances, the Burrell Collection can be viewed for free. Travelers highly recommend you take advantage of this steal, saying the museum's variety of art and its milieu are beyond compare. However, in 2018, the museum temporarily closed for a major overhaul and is expected to reopen in the spring of 2021. During the renovation, tourists can visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is hosting a series of free exhibits that highlight different items in the Burrell's collection.

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