Glasgow Science Centre

Things to do in Glasgow | Glasgow Science Centre

Since being opened by the Queen in 2001, Glasgow Science Centre has been entertaining, educating and inspiring the next generation of scientists. Explore three floors of hands-on science fun, connect with the cosmos in the digital planetarium or climb the tower for panoramic views of the city, the Clyde and beyond. Wherever you are in this Centre, you’ll find a unique and inspiring look at all things science and technology related. Get your visit off to a great start by waking up in the nearby Premier Inn hotel.

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre


Essential information

Since opening in 1870, the park has become packed to the brim with things to do. Play a game of bowls on the green, head out for a round of golf, take your mountain bike for a ride or keep the kids busy in one of the playgrounds. The choice is yours!

Home to hundreds of interactive exhibits over three fun filled floors, the Centre’s Science Mall takes you on a journey around the human body, shows classic experiments and helps to highlight society’s current science challenges. Budding stargazers can head to the Planetarium to look up at over 9,000 twinkling stars, while sightseers can climb the 127-metre tall rotating Glasgow Tower for views across the whole city. With the Cineworld IMAX showing documentaries, as well as live stage performances and captivating demonstrations, there’s plenty to keep enquiring minds entertained. Tickets to the Science Mall cost £11 for adults, £9 for children. You can add on the Planetarium, IMAX and Glasgow Tower for under £4 each.

With baby changing facilities and buggy parks, as well as being recognised as a breastfeeding friendly venue, Glasgow Science Centre is perfect for families.

The Centre welcomes all visitors and does everything to ensure that the whole building is accessible to everyone. That includes disabled parking, fully accessible toilets, wheelchair spaces in the theatres and free admission for carers.


Top tip

You can get discounted ticket prices if you bring a group of 10 or more to the Glasgow Science Centre. But remember, this needs to be booked in advance.


Eating and drinking

There’s so much to see and do at Glasgow Science Centre, you’ll need to sit down and re-energise with some food and drink.

With hot meals, light bites, sharing plates, sandwiches and kids’ meals on offer, the Taste Café is ready to serve you some tasty family favourites. With plenty of seating, you’ll find a place to sit down and refuel, even during busy periods.

With international eateries and great British cooking nearby, you’ll find a world of choice for food and drink during your visit. You’ll find inventive Indian cuisine at India Quay and hearty Italian at the Rotunda. For traditional Scottish seafood dishes, head to Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery.


Getting to Glasgow Science Centre

Located just outside central Glasgow, there are lots of transport options making getting to Glasgow Science Centre easy.

By car
The Glasgow Science Centre is well signposted. Once you arrive, there are plenty of places to park in the the Centre’s Customer Car Park. Visitors pay only £3 for the whole day.

By bus
If you’re travelling by bus, you’ve got a few options. Hop on the Stagecoach X19 to Govan Road / Pacific Quay, the First Bus No 90 to Paisley Road West or McGill's Bus 23 and 26 to Pacific Drive.

By train
If you’re coming by train, you can take one of the regular services from Glasgow Central and Partick Stations to the Exhibition Centre. From here it’s a short 15-minute walk across the river to the Glasgow Science Centre.


Looking for a hotel in Glasgow?

If you want to immerse yourself in a city with incredible history, architecture and culture take a break in Glasgow. With a range of budget hotels in the City Centre on Buchanan Street and Argyle Street plus an array of  hotels near Glasgow University, we have something suitable to stay whatever the occasion.