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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

    Glasgow South Side

    This incredible store for the museums' collections when they are not on display at the city’s venues is free to visit, though visits must be booked in advance.

  2. Gradings

    Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

    Take the opportunity to see Glasgow Museums' vast collection of objects when they are not housed in museums and galleries across the city. All tours are free.

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    East Kilbride

    Calderglen Country Park has a children's zoo, tropical glasshouse, ornamental gardens, nature trails, adventure & toddler Play areas, Gift shop, Cafe, exhibition gallery, Golf Course and a whole lot more.

  4. Bellahouston Park

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    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.

  5. Colzium Estate and Gardens

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Kilsyth

    This country estate in Kilsyth features a mansion house, walled garden and ruined castle.

  6. The Tenement House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Glasgow City Centre

    The Tenement House provides a rare glimpse of life in Glasgow in the early 20th century, in the form of a faithfully restored house lived in by Miss Agnes Toward for over half a century.

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Lochwinnoch

    Glasgows nearest big countryside attraction for a healthy family fun day out or outdoor activities in Scotlands largest Regional Park.

  8. Glasgow City Chambers

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Glasgow City Centre

    Completed in 1888 and overlooking George Square, Glasgow City Chambers is one of the city’s most prestigious buildings.

  9. Finlaystone Country Estate

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Langbank

    Finlaystone Country Estate is managed by the family of the Chief of the Clan MacMillan and offers spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde and a range of recreational activities.

  10. Hunterian Museum

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    Museums

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    4 Museum

    Glasgow West End

    The Hunterian is Scotland's oldest public museum and is home to one of the largest collections outside of the National Museums.

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