As one of the busiest cities in Great Britain, Glasgow benefits from more than its fair share of tourists coming through its streets, whatever the time of year. Over two million, in fact, visit the Scottish city with almost half a billion pounds being spent every year, as per figures from Visit Scotland.
With all of that taken into consideration, it doesn’t take much guessing that many of Glasgow’s visitors are families with young children. While there are plenty of things for one to do in Scotland’s second city, you may have to scratch beneath the surface for the best places to go with your little ones.
Fortunately, I have already done that for you.
The Scottish Football Museum
Housed in the national stadium, Hampden Park, the Scottish Football Museum is one of the most impressive collections of football memorabilia anywhere in the world. Football-crazy kids will simply love visiting exhibitions dedicated to the greats past and present.
What some visitors may not realise is that, aside from Scotland’s national football team, Hampden Park is home to Scottish League One side Queen’s Park. On average, the club’s fixtures only sell 750 of the 52,063 capacity stadium. That means that if you are ever looking to attend a game at what was once the biggest football stadium in the world, there will be more than enough spare seats going.
Glasgow Science Centre
Looking for somewhere fun and educational? If so, then the Glasgow Science Centre is the perfect destination to take your children. Full of interesting and exciting exhibitions, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
You will find over 400 interactive exhibitions at the Glasgow Science Centre, including one hosted by everyone’s favourite toy ranger, Buzz Lightyear, who will tell you everything you need to know about the moon. The team at the Glasgow Science Centre will also teach children about relevant issues of our time, such as renewable energy, in a fun and engaging way.
RollerStop Roller Rink
Suitable for ages four and up, the roller rink on Middlesex Street is the ideal spot for children and teenagers to work up a sweat and burn themselves out, all while the adults enjoy a well-deserved break. Loud music encourages all of those with skates on to move to the beat, regardless of whether they are beginners or experienced pros.
Here, you can also grab a bite to eat with an onsite restaurant providing food and drink; the perfect rest bite for any parent or guardian who is rushed off their feet.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
When the weather is welcoming (which, admittedly, isn’t all too often in bonny Scotland) there are few better places to head to than the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. In the spring and summer months, the gardens are a beautiful spot for a family picnic and a spot of outside play.
The gardens also feature a playground that is suitable for children aged between three and 10 years of age. Also including informative resources teaching about healthy eating and renewable sources, the Glasgow Botanic Gardens is an ideal spot to spend a morning or afternoon.
Even if these beautiful gardens do not take your fancy, there is still plenty to do in and around Glasgow when the sun is shining, so be prepared to broaden your horizons.