The Glasgow Science Centre, with IMAX Cinema, Planetarium, Science Mall and Glasgow Tower is Europe’s Best Science Centre and one of the most popular visitor centres in the UK.
The Science Centre opened in 2001, on the Pacific Quay on the River Clyde, and has been awarded the prestigious five star tourism award from Visit Scotland.
The Science Mall has three floors of exhibits for visitors presenting science and technology in unique, visual and interactive ways. The displays are purpose-built for visitors of all ages from pre-school upwards to be able to engage with. The Planetarium is in the Science Mall, and has a projector (one of the best star projectors in the world) which uses fibre optic technology to beam incredibly realistic images of the night sky onto a 15m dome.
Glasgow Tower is part of the centre and has a timeline tunnel of the history of Glasgow over the last century, as well as a detailed view of the regeneration along the River Clyde. Visit this before entering the tower itself, which is the only structure in the world which can rotate a full 360 degrees into the prevailing winds; it holds the Guinness World Record for being the tallest freestanding, fully rotating structure in the world, and from the top you can see for up to 20 miles across the city. Before planning a visit, it is worth checking the weather reports as the tower can be closed during high winds.
The IMAX Cinema onsite was the first part of the complex to open. It is Scotland’s only IMAX cinema and can show 3D as well as 2D IMAX films. Live events and performances are often held in this venue, as well as showing educational films as part of your experience at the Science Centre.
The Science Centre is easily accessible from the city centre and is open all year round (there are reduced opening times in the winter). This ultra-modern centre is well worth the entrance fee and is guaranteed to provide a fun-filled family day out.