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  • A youngster enjoys a day out at the Glasgow Science Centre
    A youngster enjoys a day out at the Glasgow Science Centre
  • The walled garden at Greenbank House, near Clarkston
    The walled garden at Greenbank House, near Clarkston
  • The Life Court at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
    The Life Court at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • People's Palace and Winter Gardens
    People's Palace and Winter Gardens
  • Looking over the gardens towards Pollok House
    Pollok House

There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy across Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley, from fascinating museums to beautiful gardens, a science centre and more.

Whether you fancy a few hours with the family exploring a country park or want the excitement of a theme park, you’ll find great things to see and do in the region.

Explore the world of science at the Glasgow Science Centre and discover hundreds of interactive exhibits just waiting to fascinate and amaze you. Spend some time relaxing under the twinkling night sky in the Planetarium before experiencing a film at Scotland's largest IMAX cinema.

Little adventurers can clamber aboard The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour and wander its decks while learning about Glasgow’s maritime past and the history of a sailing ship.

Spend the day in Soar at intu Braehead for the ultimate family adventure. Learn how to ski and snowboard on a dedicated lesson slope before taking to the 200m long slope, packed with fresh snow. Thrill-seekers will love this centre for extreme sports and leisure activities that also include rock climbing, laser games and an aerial adventure course. 

Find more family thrills at M&D's Theme Park in Strathclyde Country Park. Take your pick from 40 major rides including five roller-coasters and explore Scotland’s only indoor tropical forest.

Step back in time at Summerlee, the Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge. This 22 acre site gives wonderful overview of Lanarkshire's contribution to the engineering world. To see yet another traditional way of life then head to the historic working farm at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride. Here you will uncover the amazing stories of the people, machinery, animals and the land that played an integral role in Scottish country life.

Use the listings to plan fun family days out in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.

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  1. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Renfrew

    An interactive experience as the story of the town is presented from Medieval times until the present day, using objects, pictures, film and people's own words. The museum is based on the elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water.

  2. Gradings

    • 4 Arts Venue
    4 Arts Venue

    Greenock

    The Arts Guild Theatre is the main arts venue for the Inverclyde area and hosts a range of events in the fields of music, drama, dance, comedy and visual arts.

  3. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Wemyss Bay

    Welcome to West Wemyss Walk Inn Heritage Centre

  4. The Govan Stones

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    Museums

    Gradings

    Glasgow

    Visit Govan Old Church and discover the unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th – 11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde.

  5. Hunterian Art Gallery

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    Galleries

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Glasgow West End

    The Hunterian is home to the world’s largest permanent display of the work of James McNeill Whistler.

  6. Glasgow Green

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    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Glasgow East End

    Glasgow Green is by far the oldest of the city's parks and is within easy walking distance of the city centre.

  7. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    East Kilbride

    Escape to the countryside for a great day out at the National Museum of Rural Life. Located just 13 miles from Glasgow’s city centre, this five-star attraction is home to an award-winning museum, historic farmhouse and 1950s working farm.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Glasgow East End

    The People’s Palace tells the story of Glasgow and its people, while the adjacent Winter Gardens is filled with exotic palms and plants.

  9. Palacerigg Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Cumbernauld

    Palacerigg is a 300-hectare country park that provides a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife including a thriving roe deer population.

  10. Soar at intu Braehead

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    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Renfrew

    Welcome to Soar at intu Braehead

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