fun things to do with kids in glasgow scotland - family travel   Travel for Kids


Glasgow has a reputation for being a big industrial city, but there are huge pockets of greenery (over 70 parks) and unique architecture. In the 19th century, Glasgow was one of the most important cities in the British empire.
    Glasgow Green – Glasgow Green is one of the oldest public parks in Britain. In the park are large children's play areas, and it's right along the Clyde River.

Visit the Museum of Transport to see all kinds of trams, locomotives, model ships and a street scene of Glasgow in the 1930's and Museum of Football (soccer fans check it out).

    Across from the Transport Museum is Kelvingrove Park and Kelvingrove Museum, 19th century style museum which has a good collection of old weapons and armor and prehistoric Scottish artifacts. Kids can take a run through Kelvingrove Park along the River Kelvin.
Glasgow Science Centre – If the weather is gray, brighten your day at the Science Centre with hands on exhibits, such as the Bubble Wall, giant Plasma Globe, Indoor Tornado, plus live science shows, planetarium, and an IMAX cinema.
Walk along the River Clyde – In the 19th century, huge ships were built and launched on the River Clyde from the Port of Glasgow. The Clyde Walkway goes along the river from Saltmarket Street to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Tall ship Glenlee
Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour – The Tall Ship, Glenlee, was built in Glasgow, and took to sea in 1896. Kids can run around the sailing ship, there are interactive exhibits, a little kid's area, discovery trail and hunt for the ship's cat. The Tall Ship is open daily.

Power boat rides on the river – Take a 30 min. (or longer) ride on the River Clyde - it's a great way to see the city landmarks from the water. Life jackets in kids' sizes are provided (from infants up), wear warm clothes.

Pollok Country Park – 3 miles from the city center is Pollok Park, the biggest park in Glasgow, and one of the best parks in Great Britain. Kids will enjoy the Clydesdales horses and droves of shaggy red Highland cows (you can see them quite close) . There are miles of woodlands and riverside walks, and a large children's playground. Bring a picnic lunch, there are picnic tables
Mugdock Country Park (north of Glasgow) – Mugdock Country Park has a crumbly Mugdock Castle and another old mansion, Craigend Castle. You'll see swans gliding around Mugdock Loch. Well-marked paths take you to Mugdock Wood and Drumclog Moor. Look for bluebells in the woods.
travel tools glasgow

Just arrived or only spending a few days in Glasgow? Get oriented and ride around the city in a hop on – hop off bus. 21 stops around the city, including Glasgow Green, Transport Museum, Kelvingrove Park and more. Tickets are valid for 24 hours and you can board the double-decker bus anywhere on the route:

Glasgow Hop On Hop Off Bus
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