Glasgow Science Centre

[Glasgow Science Centre & Tower]

Glasgow has no shortage of excellent indoor attractions. But how many are big enough to hold your attention for an entire day? As long as you're interested in science, Glasgow Science Centre is large enough to spend several hours in - we were there from open til close. This huge, titanium and glass-clad cavern is at the heart of Glasgow's Digital Media Quarter on the up-and-coming Clyde Waterfront; the attraction is multi-faceted, including three interactive floors of themed zones, large planetarium, IMAX cinema and 417-foot Glasgow Tower. You definitely don't have to be a child to have fun here, though with some of the zones it helps a little if you're young at heart! We imagine it must get quite busy in the holidays, but we pretty much had the place to ourselves on a June weekday after a couple of early school groups had left. As for the tower: it's the world's only structure capable of rotating into the prevailing wind and gives superb views of city and country from the top. Ironically wind is also the tower's thorn in the side, and it closes whenever wind gusts exceed 25 mph at the top, which is quite often.

["Body Works" zone]

Name: Glasgow Science Centre ★★★★☆
Location: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G.R.: NS 565652 ///filed.live.atomic
Open (2017): Daily (Glasgow Tower: April onwards - no closing date specified on website)
Cost (2017): Science Mall: £11 (adults), £9 (children); small "add-on" charges for tower, planetarium & IMAX cinema (tickets also available separately)
Public transport: Train (Exhibition Centre), 700 metres; subway (Cessnock), 700 metres; bus, 300 metres
Anything else? There's a parking charge, but there's free parking available on nearby streets.

[Glasgow Tower]

[View towards Glasgow city centre from the top of the tower]

[View to the west down the River Clyde]

[The entire tower is supported by a ball-bearing 65 cm in diameter]

[Space zone & planetarium]

["Powering the Future" zone]

[IMAX cinema (left), tower & science mall (right)]

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