Glasgow is the most heavily populated city in Scotland so there is no lack of things to do here. This is a city full of culture and is home to a number of attractions and historical sites. This makes Glasgow the perfect place to visit with the family as there is plenty to do that will keep the children, as well as the grown-ups, entertained.
Taking a day out or even a holiday in Glasgow doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune. In fact, there are a number of things you can do when visiting the city without spending a penny.
Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art
Outside the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, you will find a statue of the Duke of Wellington, crowned with a traffic cone. The cone in question was placed there by local pranksters and has become something of a tradition within the community, giving an excellent representation of the humour and atmosphere of the city.
As well as plenty of artwork for you and your family to enjoy, there are often free activities for children that will help them to get a little arty and will give them plenty of inspiration.
Visit the Parks
The name Glasgow is derived from the Gaelic for ‘dear green place’, so it should be expected that there are plenty of parks and green spaces to enjoy in the city. If you’re looking for a park to visit with your child’s dolls pram, check out one of the following popular Glaswegian parks:
- Kelvingrove Park
- Pollok Country Park
- Rouken Glen Park
- Mugdock Country Park
- Victoria Park
- Linn Park
- Alexandra Park
- Glasgow Botanic Gardens
- Auchinlea Park
- James Hamilton Heritage Park
Located at the University of Glasgow, the Hunterian Museum is Scotland’s oldest public museum and is home to an incredible collection of artefacts from all over the world. The museum is divided into three parts, the main museum, the zoology museum, and the anatomy museum.
The museum and the art gallery has free entry, but you will need to pay if you want to enter certain exhibitions as well as the Mackintosh House.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is home to an incredible 22 galleries where you can see everything from natural history to armour collections. There is so much to see at Kelvingrove that you could spend hours here with the whole family staying entertained and interested. There is even a Mini Museum which is designed specifically for young children and has plenty of interactive displays to get kids involved.
Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
This is the perfect place to visit if you have a child who just loves trains, cars and other vehicles. At the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, you can learn all about historic vehicles and experience the collection of over 3,000 vehicles including vintage cars, motorbikes and steam trains. There is even a recreated old-fashioned Glasgow street, featuring shops, a pub and a station. Kids will absolutely love the Tall Shop where there is a play area in the cargo hold for children under the age of 5.
With so many educational yet exciting places to visit, Glasgow is the perfect place for a family day out, and with so many of them having free admission, you’ll love it just as much as your kids do.