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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. The Burrell Collection

    Type

    Galleries

    Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Glasgow South Side

    The Burrell Collection is one of the greatest art collections ever amassed by one person and consists of more than 8,000 objects.

  2. Weaver's Cottage

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kilbarchan

    This restored 18th century cottage recreates the living and working conditions of a typical handloom weaver.

  3. Fossil Grove

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Glasgow

  4. 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.

  5. Dalzell Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Motherwell

    Dalzell Estate was originally a royal hunting forest and was landscaped in the 18th century by Archibald Hamilton.

  6. 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.

  7. Glasgow City Chambers

    Type

    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.

  8. Chatelherault Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Hamilton

    Chatelherault Country Park is a Five Star Visitor Attraction that was once described as a ‘Jewel in the Landscape’. Built in 1732 as a Hunting Lodge and Summer House for the Dukes of Hamilton.

  9. Glasgow Science Centre

    Type

    Science Centres

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Glasgow South Side

    Glasgow Science Centre is a great family attraction that presents science and technology in unique and inspiring ways.

  10. Gradings

    • 5 Museum
    5 Museum

    Glasgow West End

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular free attractions and features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects.

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