Glasgow Science Centre
Sitting in a giant glass structure shaped like an upturned ship’s hull, Glasgow Science Centre certainly makes an impression. It’s one of Glasgow’s newest attractions and is already one of Britain’s most popular places to visit.
The science centre complex is made up of three buildings - the Science Mall, Glasgow Tower and an IMAX cinema. The Science Mall is the main building at the science centre. It covers 3 floors and has hundreds of interactive exhibits for all ages.
Inside the Science Mall
The ground floor has the ticketing hall, cloakroom, gift shop and the cafe. There are also a couple of function spaces for groups and corporate events.
The first floor is where the science begins. There are lots of exhibits on scientific principles, including some surprisingly advanced concepts. Everything is hands-on, and you’re encouraged to touch and test and experiment with the displays as you go around.
For younger kids, there is The Big Explorer. It’s an area dedicated for the under 7s where they can take part in age-appropriate workshops, play on the walk-on piano or run a busy cargo ship. This area also has a soft play area for kids under 18 months.
The second floor has My World of Work Live. It has interactive exhibits, with giant touchscreens, VR and iPad-equipped pods, showing the breadth of careers in STEM. The workshops change all the time, so it’s worth having a look at their “What’s On” section to see what’s available for your visit.
The third floor contains the BodyWorks exhibit which is an exploration of the human body. There are eight interactive zones covering DNA and cell biology, digestion, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system and the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
The “About You” section lets you measure various aspects of your physical ability, like grip, reaction time, hang time and so on, and record and compare your results to other visitors.
There are also five research capsules. These are run in conjunction with leading national research establishments, and each one showcases an aspect of cutting-edge biomedical science. These change quite regularly.
The Planetarium is one of the highlights of the centre.
It’s a full dome projection system which covers a huge 15m hemisphere. You sit way back in a comfy seat that lets you see the whole dome above you, and it fully immerses you in the images on the roof.
There are a mix of live presenter-led shows and narrated “fulldome” films. The live presentations take you on journeys through our solar system and out into the Milky Way and beyond. The shows are on in the afternoons, weekends and holidays.
Tel: +44 141 420 5000
High Summer: 10am to 6pm; Low Summer: 10am to 5pm; Winter: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, 10am to 3pm Wednesday - Friday and 10am to 5pm on weekends.
Adult: £11.50, Child (3-15) £9.50, Concession (60+, Student, Unemployed): £9.50
Planetarium: £3.00 add-on or £5.50 without a mall ticket.
Tower: £3.50 add-on or £6.50 without a mall ticket.
The closest railway station is Exhibition Centre which is just over the river by the SEC. The closest subway is Cessnock which is about a 10-minute walk away. The Glasgow Tour bus stops just over the river at the SEC and the 100 Riversider service along with the X19 and McGills 23 service stop nearby too.