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Family days out on a budget in Glasgow
Published 28 August 2016 by Linzi Nuttall
A city of parks, free museums and galleries – this is a budget day out you won’t want to miss.
During the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow gave the world a flavour of what it has to offer. To celebrate being host city they created a Commonwealth walkway that guides you through six different areas of the city. The city is compact with hills, parks, an amazing shipping history and the world famous architecture of Charles Mackintosh. It’s regarded as one of the top 20 “Best of the World” destinations of 2016, so you’re certain to find something for all the family to enjoy.
The city slogan “People Make Glasgow,” is a true reflection of the warm friendly welcome you’ll receive. And most museums and galleries in Glasgow are completely free, so one day might not be enough to see all on offer.
For a quick roundup, here is our guide to a great family day out in Glasgow on a budget.
Designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, the museum of transport overlooks the river Clyde. The museum houses 200,000 artefacts, including bicycles suspended from ceiling tracks, trams, buses some of the world’s finest cars and every mode of transport you can imagine.
There are 90 large touch screen activities for children and 20 hands-on exhibits. This is an opportunity to visit an exciting and unique attraction totally free.
The River Clyde
If you continue your walk along the river you’ll get a great glimpse of the various bridges such as the Clyde arc that straddle the Clyde. At night-time, they are illuminated in many colours and look truly stunning. The river walk provides you with lots of great views you may have seen in pictures and on TV. These include the SSE Hydro arena, the Riverside museum, and the Science Centre.
If you like parks and green spaces be sure to visit Glasgow Green. It is the oldest park within walking distance of the city centre. You can visit the social history museum and learn about the story of Glasgow and it’s people. There is also the stunning Glasgow Botanic Gardens right next door with a great collection of exotic plants. The park has the world’s largest terracotta fountain – so see if you can spot it with the kids.
Museums and Galleries
The city has many free galleries and museums. The most visited in Scotland is the Gallery of Modern Art, housed in a stunning neo-classical townhouse. Right at the heart of the shopping district, it’s certainly worth spending some time looking at work from around the world.
Families will love the Glasgow Police Museum. The city is where the first police force was established in 1779, and the museum exhibits the history of the force clearly. It has Europe’s biggest collection of International uniforms on show.
Open top bus tour
If you have a little spare cash, this is a fantastic way to get a bus top view of the city. A good place to hop on is Saint George’s square. You pay the driver directly and the ticket is valid for a day. It’s a great way to see all the different attractions, and it might help you decide which ones you want to spend more time visiting.
You can buy a one-day family pass for £29 and children under five go free.
Fancy a trip to the heart of industry? Why not head to Manchester for an affordable day out with the family.