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“Great family day out!”

Glasgow Science Centre
Ranked #16 of 290 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Rated 5 stars by VisitScotland, providing programs of entertaining Science theatre, Planetarium, and around 300 hands-on interactive science exhibits over three floors, to introduce science to everyone. Interaction distinguishes GSC, very few exhibits in glass cases and many opportunities to participate in Science. Included workshops and shows are a highlight, ranging from shadow puppets for youngsters to computer coding, robotics and ethical hacking for adults. "BodyWorks" examines the science behind human health and well-being, "Powering the Future" the future challenges and solutions in our energy-hungry world, and the digital planetarium allows visitors to 'leave earth' and travel through the cosmos. Science Mall admission includes free workshops and shows, with add-on charges of £3.00 for access to the Planetarium. A shop and cafe are free to access. Schools and outreach programs extend the Centre's work into the community. The Centre is a registered charity with surpluses returned to the education mission. Car parking and public transport links or a 15 minute walk along the Clyde from the City centre. The adjacent IMAX cinema is now operated by Cineworld.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Children of all ages, even big ones, will love the Science Centre! There is so much to see and do so it's best to arrive early and spend the day. The planetarium is amazing and I'd highly recommend paying the extra to do this. Everything is interactive. There's even a play area for the younger children which allows them to experiment with water and building. The IMAX here is really good and we'll worth a visit too!

Thank LisaDiffin
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had high hopes for this place. We planned our day out and visited on a nice day thinking it might not be as busy. We were correct it was empty but we were wrong thinking it would be a good day out. Firstly you have to pay to park, shocking considering the price to use the complex. For 2 adults and 2 kids under 6 we were over £50 not including the parking which was £3.
There is very little to do, the displays are interactive but are very poor and you are lucky if you spend 5 minutes on each of them. Most are just given a passing glance. The Planetarium was interesting and the technology was impressive. The female member of staff was good with the kids but it seems to be outdated and could be a lot better than it was. It could certainly make better use of the technology it has. Ironic given the place is all about inventions and creativity. Ive read great reviews and bad reviews. I went with high hopes and an open mind. I was left feeling let down and like I had spoiled a day out and wasted money.

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Reviewed July 21, 2014

Yes, it's not cheap - £10 for adults, £5 to go up the tower, extra for planitarium, etc...

However, it is packed with fun things to do. There are lots of interesting interactive exhibits all with good explanations and friendly helpful staff roaming around to lend a hand if you need it. The vast majority of the exhibits work (a far cry from the London Science Museum, for example) and there is a special area for 7s and under with lots that they can enjoy.

The tower trip is a must - great views and well worth the wait!

Thank smckane
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

Expensive £10 entry and £3 for parking but worth it if you make a day of it. Unfortunately we got there after 3. Have to pay extra for shows, trip up tower.

Plenty to do and experiment with, for all ages, fascinating if you enjoy problem solving, testing yourself or just playing.

Car park was a nightmare to get out of as we left at closing time so it was busy. However it was not the barrier causing the problem as it was up but turning right onto the main road where the traffic was stationary due to a traffic light.

Thank Polyana63
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

Visited with our two children aged 6 & 3. Both had a great time although possibly more geared towards slightly older kids. Cafe is pretty decent and fairly reasonably priced.

Bit expensive entry but will keep most kids occupied for most of the day.

Thank pcraig13
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