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19 ideas for an accessible day out in Glasgow

Plan an accessible day out in Glasgow with these suggestions by AccessAble. Find out what's available for disabled visitors or residents from wheelchair accessible hotels and restaurants to inclusive museums and attractions.

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Attractions

Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Film Theatre has been leading the way in specialised cinema for 40 years. Pick from a variety of styles from art house cinema to late-night cult screenings and classics to independent documentaries.

Key accessible facilities include ramped access, accessible toilets, and step-free standard toilets. Seats are available for those who need them, and there are designated cinema spaces for wheelchair users. There is a hearing assistance system, and audio description is available.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Glasgow Film Theatre.

GoMa

Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

Found in the heart of Glasgow in Royal Exchange Square, GoMA is free to enter. The gallery provides a thought-provoking programme with displays of local and international artworks alongside temporary exhibitions and events with artists. Don't miss the permanent display that charts the building's history. 

Key accessible facilities include accessible parking bays, ramped access, accessible toilets, and step-free standard toilets. The gallery has an assistive listening system, and documents can be requested in Braille and large print.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for GoMA.

Hampden Football Experience

Hampden Park is Scotland's national stadium, based in the Mount Florida area. The Hampden Experience is a must-do and includes a tour of the stadium, one of the world's best football museums and seeing the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Key accessible facilities include ramped access, on-site parking, and accessible toilets. The tour route can be step-free, using lifts and slopes. Tour documents can be requested in large print.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Hampden Football Experience.

House for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 but wasn't built in the beautiful Bellahouston Park until the 1990s. It gives you an insight into Mackintosh's renowned talent, not just as an architect, but as an artist, designer, and pioneer of the Modern movement. The venue runs regular arts-themed events and is home to the popular Art Lover's Café.

Key accessible facilities include ramp access, and on-site parking with accessible parking bays. Accessible toilets are available, as are seats for those who need them. House for an Art Lover has an assistive listening system, and menus in the Art Lover's Café are available in large print.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for House for an Art Lover.

Kelvingrove

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a Victorian masterpiece brimming with a vast and eclectic collection of over 8,000 exhibits from dinosaur skeletons and a World War II Spitfire, to mesmerising paintings by the Dutch Old Masters and French Impressionists.

Key accessible facilities include accessible parking bays and a designated drop-off point, accessible toilets, and step-free standard toilets. An assistive listening system is available, as is a Braille guidebook.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland's must-see visitor attractions with activities for all ages. There are two acres of interactive exhibits, workshops, shows, activities, a planetarium, and an IMAX cinema.

Key accessible facilities include ramp access, and on-site parking with accessible parking bays. Glasgow Science Centre has a Changing Places accessible toilet, and an assistive listening system is available.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Glasgow Science Centre.

Hunterian Museum exhibits

Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian is Scotland's oldest public museum, founded in 1807. It's home to one of the largest collections with everything from scientific instruments used by Watt, Lister, and Kelvin to Roman artifacts from the Antonine Wall and reassembled interiors from Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow home.

Key accessible facilities include ramp access, and on-site parking with accessible parking bays. The Hunterian Museum has accessible toilets, and step-free standard toilets, while the art gallery has just step-free standard toilets. Seats are available for those who need them.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for the Hunterian Museum, or the Art Gallery and Mackintosh House.

Tramway

Tramway is an international art space in the heart of Glasgow's south side. Originally the city's tram depot, it has been converted into galleries, theatres, and a café bar, adjacent to the beautiful and tranquil Hidden Gardens. Tramway hosts diverse productions, including dance, theatre, comedy, music and exhibitions alongside its own visual arts and performance projects.

Key accessible facilities include accessible toilets, and step-free standard toilets. Seats are available for those who need them. Tramway's theatre also has designated spaces for wheelchair users.

A member of staff trained in British Sign Language is normally on duty, and an assistive listening system is available.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for the Tramway.

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Shopping

St Enoch Shopping Centre

St Enoch Shopping Centre sits in the heart of Glasgow. It offers fantastic shopping, restaurants and bars, and a new 9-screen cinema, all available under one (glass pyramid) roof.

Key accessible facilities include ramp access, and on-site parking with accessible parking bays. St Enoch Centre has accessible toilets, and step-free standard toilets. Seats are available for those who need them.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for St Enoch Shopping Centre.

Tours

Glasgow Music City Tours

Glasgow's Music Mile Tour

Glasgow's Music Mile Tour is an entertaining guided walk around the music hot spots of the city centre, an area teeming with music venues past and present. Provided by Glasgow Music City Tours, you'll cover places such as the Royal Concert Hall and King Tut's, the birthplace of Oasis.

This tour has some long easy slopes in places, with shorter steep downhill slopes towards the end point near St Vincent Street. Less steep routes can be taken towards the end point and tour guides will know which streets are best to take there.

The pavements have a range of surfaces including tarmac, concrete, block paving and paving slabs though some surfaces are uneven in places. Nearly all road crossing points offer dropped kerbs, and many are at pedestrian crossings which offer tactile paving on both sides.

Tour documents can be requested in large print.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for the Music Mile Tour.

Merchant City Music Past and Present tour

Join this tour by Glasgow Music City Tours and walk the oldest streets of the city. The Merchant City Music Past and Present tour covers cherished venues such as the mighty Barrowland Ballroom and the venerable Britannia Panopticon - Britain's oldest surviving music hall.

This is a relatively flat tour with some easy slopes in places. The wide pavements mainly have tarmac surfaces with some lightly cobbled surfaces in places. Nearly all road crossing points offer dropped kerbs, and many are at pedestrian crossings which offer tactile paving on both sides. Tour documents can be requested in large print.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for the Merchant City Music Past and Present Tour.

Glasgow City Sightseeing Bus Tours

Discover the city's leading attractions with this 5-star open-top bus tour. Glasgow City Sightseeing will take you around attractions including Glasgow Cathedral, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum, University of Glasgow, Clydeside Distillery and Glasgow Green.

Each bus has a ramp, and a designated space for wheelchair users. There's an audio guide available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese and Mandarin. Tour documents can be requested in large print.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Glasgow City Sightseeing Bus Tours.

Clydeside Distillery

Dive into the history of Clydeside Distillery on a tour and learn about the whisky making process. Expert guides will take you around Glasgow's first dedicated single malt Scotch whisky distillery for over 100 years.

Key accessible facilities include level access, with ramps and slopes where needed, and on-site parking with accessible parking bays. Accessible toilets and step-free standard toilets are available.

Documents are available in large print, and there is a descriptive Deaf Script available which describes the tour, exhibits and video captions.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Clydeside Distillery.

Food & drink experiences

Saramago Café Bar (CCA)

Based in the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Saramago Café Bar serves fresh, tasty food, with home-baked bread and cakes every morning. The café uses local and seasonal produce from ethical and reputable suppliers and makes most dishes from scratch. Relax on the outdoor terrace, right in the heart of the city centre.

Key accessible facilities include accessible toilets, and step-free standard toilets. Menus are available in large print.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Saramago Café Bar.

Mackintosh at the Willow

Mackintosh at the Willow

Visit the original Willow Tea Rooms, which was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for local tea entrepreneur Miss Kate Cranston. First opened in 1903, the fully restored Tea Rooms have a 200-seat restaurant across three floors with a variety of characterful spaces each with a unique design. Look out for Front and Back Saloons on the ground floor, the Gallery, the Billiard Room and the famous Salon de Luxe.

Key accessible facilities include ramp access, accessible toilets, and step-free standard toilets. Lifts are available, as well as an assistive listening system, and seats for those who need them.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Mackintosh at the Willow.

Mharsanta

Located in the heart of Merchant City, Mharsanta has a passion for using seasonal, local produce from Scotland. Enjoy a delicious meal of mussels and scallops or home cooked favourites including mince and tatties and steak and sausage pie.

Key accessible facilities include ramp access, accessible toilets, and step-free standard toilets. There is no parking on-site, but accessible parking bays are available nearby. Full table service is available, and menus are available in large print.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Mharsanta.

Unalome by Graeme Cheevers

Enjoy a fine dining experience at Unalome, where multi award-winning Chef Patron Graeme Cheevers' dishes draw heavily on modern European influence with occasional inspiration from Japanese cuisine and culture. This blend of east and west continues with a tranquil holistic atmosphere allowing relaxed fine dining.

Key accessible facilities include on-street marked Blue Badge bays, which are available nearby. Menus are available in large print.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Unalome by Graeme Cheevers.

Accommodation

ibis Styles Glasgow Central Hotel

ibis Styles Glasgow Central Hotel aims for quality, creativity and vibrancy with music-themed bedrooms, Sweetbed beds, free WiFi and a buffet breakfast. Check out their Tinderbox café for some of the best coffee on Waterloo Street and their extensive lounge, working spaces and booths.

Accessible rooms are available, with level access showers and adjoining rooms for carers. Assistance dogs are welcomed to stay with guests in accessible rooms. Blue badge parking bays are available at the nearby Q-Park on Waterloo Street.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for ibis Styles Glasgow Central Hotel.

Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens

Set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the stylish West End, Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel. This 5-star hotel aims for service and style, with 49 stunning bedrooms and suites including superb beds, luxurious Egyptian linen, duck down duvets, serious showers and a unique relaxed style of hospitality.

Accessible rooms are available with wheel-in showers. On-street accessible parking bays are available nearby. Documents can be requested in large print, and there are facilities for assistance dogs.

Read the Detailed Access Guide for Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens.

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