Glasgow itinerary for families

Located at the west end of Scotland’s Central Belt on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland.  During the industrial revolution, Glasgow became one of the world’s pre-eminent centres of marine and shipbuilding engineering, gaining a reputation for being a big industrial city. Today, Glaschu (Glasgow in  Scottish Gaelic) has transformed itself from being the once mighty powerhouse of industrial Britain to a centre for commerce, tourism, and culture. It is also one of Europe’s top ten financial centres and home to many of Scotland’s leading businesses. One of the most visited cities in the British Isles, Glasgow is a brilliant destination for families with children – with museums, theatre, art galleries, cinema, theme parks, historic houses, pottery making, animals, farms & zoos, indoor events and activities, playparks, beaches, family walks, etc., kids will love it here!

Photos of The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, Glasgow
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The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbor – Her name is Glenlee and she was built in 1896 at the Anderson Rodger & Company shipyard of Port Glasgow for the Glen-line of the Glasgow shipping company Archibald Sterling & Co. Ltd. This three-masted baldheaded steel-hulled barque made her maiden voyage to Liverpool and after more than 47 years of service as a sail, she was completely de-rigged down and towed to Seville to be used as a floating museum. Forgotten, old Glenlee laid there soon to be scrapped but as luck would have it, in 1990 a British naval architect, Dr. Sir John Brown discovered her and eventually brought her over to Glasgow. Today, she is a museum ship at the Riverside Museum on Pointhouse Quay, known as The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbor. As a museum ship and tourist attraction, the Glenlee offers educational programmes for families with children, events including exhibitions and is a venue for the West End Festival and volunteering opportunities.

The museum is opened March- October 10am-5pm and November- February 10am-4pm.  There is an admission fee of £5.00 per adult and 1 Child goes in for FREE per paying Adult while there is a £3.00 fee for additional children.

Images of The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow
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Glasgow Museum of Transport – Opened in 1964 and initially located at a former tram depot in Pollokshields, it became one of the most popular museums of transport in the United Kingdom, attracting half a million visitors a year. Housing many exhibits of national and international importance, the museum of transport is home to a huge collection of ships, circus caravans, bikes and prams. Other main exhibits displayed the evolution of Glasgow’s public transport system and included seven Glasgow Corporation Tramways tramcars from different eras, Glasgow Corporation Trolley buses, and the reconstruction of “Kelvin Street”, which showcases the atmosphere of Glasgow during the 1930s, including full-scale replicas of a pre-1977 Glasgow Subway Underground station. Pretty cool huh. After Pollokshields, the museum relocated to the city’s Kelvin Hall before finally settling in the Riverside Museum building at Glasgow Harbour.

The museum is opened Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Admission is free.

Photos of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – After exploring the museum of transport, make your way from the harbor toward the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Located on the banks of the River Kelvin, adjacent to Kelvingrove Park, the museum is the most popular free attraction in Scotland. Housing one of Europe’s greatest civic art collections and one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world, it’s hard to believe that admission to Scotland’s premier museum and art gallery is free! Yup, it won’t cost you and your family a penny to see the Kelvingrove’s collection of over 200,000 items! The art collection includes many outstanding European artworks, including works by the Old Masters, French Impressionists, Dutch Renaissance, Scottish Colourists and proponents of the Glasgow School. Reopened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II after a three year closure for refurbishment and restoration, the museum and gallery is the most visited museum in the United Kingdom, outside London.

Opening hours are Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am–5pm Friday and Sunday 11am–5pm. Admission is free.

Glasgow Green – Pack lunch and have a picnic at one of the oldest public parks in Britain.  During the 15th century, King James II granted the land to Bishop William Turnbull and the people of Glasgow. In the first few centuries, the park was used as a grazing area, an area to wash and bleach linen, an area to dry fishing nets and to swim. Weather permitting, the park is an ideal place for picnics and there are also large children’s play areas for the kids to run around.

Tollcross Children’s Farm – After a nice and relaxing lunch, make your way to Tollcross Children’s Farm. Located in the heart of the east end of Glasgow, the farm provides is home to many species of domesticated farm animals, such as: sheep, horses, ponies, pigs, birds, cattle, and rabbits. Children will have the opportunity to learn more about country and farm life, especially if they grew up in a city. Popular with families with young children (Ages 1-11), the farm is opened 10.00am – 3.30pm Saturday – Thursday and 10.00am – 3.00pm Friday.

M&Ds – Located in Strathclyde Country Park, this is Scotland’s very own theme park. Boasting over 40 exciting rides and attractions including five roller coasters and several water rides in addition to a number of rides designed for younger children. Not for the faint hearted, here are some of the rides:

Rollercoasters

  • Tsunami: A top speed of 65km/h, an inverted rollercoaster ride with corkscrew twists, turns and loops. .
  • Tornado: Top speed of over 80km/h and largest rollercoaster in M&D’s, with over 1 km of track. Two 360 degree loops in addition to several banked turns, pulling -2Gs at some points.
  • Express: One of the newest rollercoasters in the theme park. Top speed of 60km/h
  • Big Apple: One of the smaller rollercoasters in M&D’s, aimed at children.
  • Runaway Mine Train: Another children’s rollercoaster.

Water rides

  • Moby’s Revenge: A three-in-one water slide. Why go once when you can go three times?
  • White Water: The largest water ride in the theme park. White water is a 42m long whitewater ride, featuring two drops of up to 20m.

Thrill rides

  • Wave Swinger: Chair swing featuring 32 tilting chairs reaching up to 14 revolutions per minute.
  • Captain’s Curse: A pirate ship themed ride in M&D’s.
  • Flying Carpet: Also known as “Ali Baba’s Carpet”, it seats up to 40 people.
  • The Bungee: A spherical steel cage containing two seats, fixed to the end of bungee ropes attached to the towers sitting at either side of the ride. When released, the cage is launched into the sky, spinning 360 degrees.

The indoor entertainment complex also has a children’s soft play area, the Bizarre bar and diner, full-swing golf simulator, American pool salon and the Cosmic Bowl – the most hi-tech ten-pin bowling alley in the country.

For your stay in Glasgow, consider staying at our luxury property in this beautiful city. Check out Fraser Suites Glasgow offers on 2 bedroom apartments where kids stay free in existing bedding!

Our impressive apartments in Merchant City, Glasgow, is set in a stunningly renovated 1850s building which was once the city bank. The classic Victorian Scots façade was designed by JT Rochead, architect of the Wallace Monument in nearby Stirling. The Merchant City area of Glasgow was at the centre of the Scottish Renaissance as one of Europe’s great cultural hotspots. Our spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom Glasgow city apartments all offer self-catering kitchenettes, daily maid service and technology from DVD players and iPod docks to high-speed internet. We offer complimentary tea and coffee and an in-house fitness centre. Take advantage of discounts at local car parks, restaurants, beauty salons and spas.

Merchant City is Glasgow’s historic centre, a vibrant area teeming with restaurants, boutiques, theatres and pavement cafés. Our 99 serviced apartments in Glasgow’s Merchant City are an easy stroll from George Square, the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Cathedral and the popular shopping destinations of Buchanan Street and St Enoch Centre. The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) is just 2.5 miles away, and a taxi will zip you to Glasgow airport in under 20 minutes. Our complimentary city centre shuttle bus runs every morning and evening on weekdays.

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