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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. Britannia Panopticon Music hall

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Glasgow

    Come and see the world’s oldest surviving music hall – The Britannia Panopticon Only a few steps from busy Argyle Street. Opened in 1857 as Britannia Music Hall it is famed for the debut of Stan Laurel and early cinema. Now a living museum.

  2. Pollok House

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Glasgow South Side

    Pollok House is a grand country house in Pollok Country Park and gives a real flavour of life in the 1930s as well as boasting an outstanding art collection.

  3. Bellahouston Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Glasgow South Side

    Bellahouston Park is the location of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover, a variety of formal gardens and an impressive range of sporting facilities.

  4. Linn Products

    Type

    Industrial

    Gradings

    Eaglesham

    Welcome to Linn Products

  5. New Lanark Visitor Centre

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    New Lanark

    The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century.

  6. The Water Mill

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Motherwell

    Welcome to The Water Mill

  7. Chatelherault

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Hamilton

    Chatelherault is an 18th century hunting lodge and summer house built for the wealthy Duke of Hamilton and is now the gateway to Chatelherault Country Park.

  8. Riverside Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 5 Museum
    5 Museum

    Glasgow

    Riverside is home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles and in 2013 won the European Museum of the Year award and it is free to enter.

  9. Glasgow Green

    Type

    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.

  10. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Lochwinnoch

    Easily access to Great walking country plus wildlife watching of Hen Harriers by CCTV.

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