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Glasgow Science Centre

Try some of the hundreds of interactive exhibits, learn about star constellations and watch live science shows at this fun and inspiring attraction with a cinema.

Visit the Glasgow Science Centre to browse hands-on technical and scientific exhibits, take an intergalactic journey on the big screen and enjoy movie shows. Spread over three floors, the interactive museum opened in 2001 on the south bank of the River Clyde. The Glasgow Science Centre is part of a continual redevelopment program at Pacific Quay, a former commercial dock.

Take the elevator to the third floor and start your visit in the BodyWorks exhibition. Learn how humans function at the hands-on displays. Run inside a giant hamster wheel, conduct a simulated autopsy and test your brain with the memory challenge. Kids will enjoy helping scientists perform real experiments in the Live Lab.

Drop down to the second floor for more interactive fun. Experience an earthquake tremor then try out a thermal imagery camera. Understand the social, moral and ethical issues raised by science.

On the first floor, find insects from Africa. The hissing cockroach from Madagascar sure is a strange animal! Children under 7 years old can wriggle through pipes and operate cranes while learning about water on The Big Explorer cargo ship. Spot more than 9,000 stars and their constellations in the Planetarium.

Don’t miss out on the 2-D and 3-D movies at the IMAX cinema. The lineup includes animations, documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters. Check the center’s official website for the movie schedule and event details.

The Glasgow Science Centre is open daily from late March through October. In winter, it’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. There is an admission fee and you pay extra to enter the Planetarium and IMAX theater.

Situated just north of Festival Park, the Glasgow Science Centre is a 10-minute drive from the city center. On-site parking is available for a fee. You can also take the train to the Exhibition Centre station and cross the River Clyde via Millennium Bridge on foot. Buses stop a short walk from the entrance too.


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Village Hotel Glasgow

Village Hotel Glasgow

7 Festival Gate, Glasgow
4.3
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Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Glasgow Science Centre, The SSE Hydro, and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

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Grand Central Hotel

Grand Central Hotel

99 Gordon Street, Glasgow
4.2
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The hotel is joined to the architectural marvel that is Glasgow Central Station, surrounded by top boutiques. The 12th-century cathedral is 7 minutes away by car, and it's a short walk to the Gallery of Modern Art, as well as to great restaurants like Rogano Oyster Bar, a local institution.

£70
Campanile Hotel Glasgow - SECC

Campanile Hotel Glasgow - SECC

10 Tunnel Street, Glasgow
3.8
of 5, from 346 reviews
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Located in Finnieston, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The SSE Hydro and Clyde Auditorium. Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and Glasgow Science Centre are also within 15 minutes.

£89
Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow

Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow

Congress Road, Glasgow
4.1
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4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Finnieston, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clyde Auditorium, The SSE Hydro, and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. Glasgow Science Centre and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£46
Lorne Hotel Glasgow

Lorne Hotel Glasgow

923 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
3.8
of 5, from 194 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Glasgow Westend, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum, and The SSE Hydro. Clyde Auditorium and University of Glasgow are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre

Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre

Finnieston Quay, Glasgow
4.3
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Overlooking the River Clyde, the Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre is a 2-minute walk from the SECC (Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre), and 10 minutes from the main shopping district.

£79
Glasgow Marriott Hotel

Glasgow Marriott Hotel

500 Argyle Street, Glasgow
4.1
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4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Glasgow hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kings Theatre Glasgow, Gallery of Modern Art, and George Square. The SSE Hydro and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£59
Jurys Inn Glasgow

Jurys Inn Glasgow

80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow
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This modern hotel is situated in the heart of Glasgow; the Gallery of Modern Art is within 800 meters, and Hunterian Art Gallery is two miles away.