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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. Hunterian Museum

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    Museums

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    • 4 Museum
    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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    Glasgow City Centre

    Welcome to Centre for Contemporary Arts

  3. Fossil Grove

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Glasgow

  4. Hunterian Art Gallery

    Type

    Galleries

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    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Sma’ Shot Cottages

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Paisley

    The Sma' Shot Cottage complex is unique in Scotland and allows a great opportunity to see two distinct periods in Paisley's weaving history.

  9. Glasgow Botanic Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow West End

    Glasgow Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city’s West End by the River Kelvin and contains a variety of plant collections, woodland copses and riverside walks as well as the famous Kibble Palace.

  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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