TOP 20 ATTRACTIONS IN GLASGOW & CLYDE VALLEY
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Art Gallery & Museum
Bothwell Castle
The Burrell Collection
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Scotland Street School Museum of Education
Craignethan Castle

The David Livingston House Centre
Gallery of Modern Art
George Square
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
New Lanark World Heritage Village

Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Zoo
M&D's Theme Park
Mugdock Country Park
The Museum of Piping
The Museum of Transport
The People's Palace
Pollok House
Sma' Shot Cottages
The Tenement House
Weaver's Cottage

Art Gallery & Museum
Kelvingrove
Argyle Street
Glasgow
G3 8AG

This gallery holds a fantastic array of European paintings and interesting displays on natural history, archaeology and ethnography. A must for all art lovers. There is also a gift shop and tea-room.

Details: 0141 287 2700



Bothwell Castle
Uddingston
Off the B7071

The largest and finest 13th Century stone castle in Scotland which was much fought over during the Wars of Independence. Part of the original circular keep survives. In a beautiful setting overlooking the River Clyde.

Price: Adult 1.80 Child 75p Reduced 1.30
Hours: Open all Year (winter: closed Thursday afternoons and Fridays)
Details: 01698 816 896


The Burrell Collection
2060 Pollockshaws Road
Glasgow
G43 1AT

Set in the relaxing surroundings of Pollock Park is this wonderful award winning gallery of Sir William Burrell's extensive and stunning collection. This is possibly one of the best collections in Britain. There is also a  restaurant for those who appreciate good food as well as good art.

Price: Admission free
Details: 0141 649 7151


Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The Hill House
Helensbrugh

Possibly the best surviving example of Mackintosh's domestic architecture, the house is stamped with his very personal interpretation of Art Nouveau, characterised by his sparing use of colour and stylised floral patterns. The effect is overwhelming.

Price: 5.80
Hours: Apr - Oct 13:30 - 17:00
Details: 01436 673 900

House For an Art Lover
10 Dumbreck Road
Bellahouston Park
Glasgow
Lanarkshire
G41 5BW

Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed this house in 1901 as a competition entry but it was only in 1990 that it began to rise from the architect's plans to be completed in 1996. It is now a permanent Mackintosh display.

Price: 3.50
Hours: Sat and Sun only 10:00 - 17:00
Details: 0141 353 4770


Scotland Street School Museum of Education
225 Scotland St
Glasgow
G 5 8QB

This museum of education is housed in a fully restored school, which was designed by the famous architect. Visitors can experience what it was like to attend school in Glasgow during the early 1900s.

Price: free admission
Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00 17:00; Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Details: 0141 429 1202


Craignethan Castle
5.5m WNW of Lanark off the A72

In a picturesque setting overlooking the River Nethan, the oldest part of the castle is a tower house built by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart in the 16th Century. The castle's extensive defences include a caponier - a stone vaulted artillery chamber - unique in Britain.

Price: Adult 1.80 Child 75p Reduced 1.30
Hours: Open all summer seven days a week
Details: 01555 860 364


The David Livingston House Centre
165 Station Road
Blantyre
Glasgow
G72 9BT

David Livingstone was born here in 1813. At this centre you can share his adventure of his life, from his childhood in the Blantyre Mills to his explorations in the heart of Africa all of which is dramatically illustrated in this historic tenement building. The building remains virtually unchanged.

Price: Adults 2.75 Child 1.60
Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00; Sunday 12:30 - 17:00
Details: 01698 823 140


Gallery of Modern Art
Queen Street
Glasgow
G1 3AZ

If modern art is more your style then this four-floor gallery is for you, with works from artists all over the world. There are also interactive computers and art workshops.

Price: admission free
Details: 0141 229 1996


George Square
Glasgow

George Square is the dead centre of Glasgow, it spreads out from the impressive City Chambers as a natural stage for pop concerts, demonstrations, and the life size Nativity scene every Christmas. It is surrounded on all sides by the 18th Century Merchant City, which is packed with high-class shops and restaurants. The Square also contains 12 statues, there is Sir Walter Scott, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Robert Burns, Sir John Moore, Lord Clyde, Thomas Campbell, Dr Thomas Graham, James Oswald, James Watt, William Gladstone and Sir Robert Peel.

Price: free
Hours: 24 hours daily
Details: 0141 204 4400


Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Great Western Road
Glasgow

The Gardens date back to 1817 when the work of laying out a botanic garden was begun on an eight-acre site at Sandyford on the West End of Sauchiehall Street. At this time the gardens were run by the Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow which was founded on the initiative of Thomas Hopkirk. There is a large collection of orchids, ferns and begonias in the main glass houses.

Price: free admission
Hours: 7:00 - dusk; Glasshouses and Kibble Palace10:00 - 16:45, Sunday 12:00 - 16:45
Details: 0141 334 2422


Glasgow Cathedral
Castle Street
Glasgow
G4

The first stone built Glasgow Cathedral was dedicated in the presence of King David I on 1136. That building was destroyed by a fire and was consecrated in 1197. One of the most magnificent buildings of medieval Scotland, it is a rare example of a complete pre-Reformation Scottish cathedral. The lighting system reveals much of the medieval splendour.

Price: admission free
Hours: Oct - Mar weekdays 9:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00. Sun 14:00 - 16:00 Apr - Sep 9:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 18:00, Service every Sunday 11:00 and 18:30, daily prayers Mon - Sat 12:00
Details: 0141 552 6891


Glasgow Zoo
Calderpark
Uddingston
Glasgow

Glasgow Zoo contains a wide variety of animals including lions, tigers, rhinos, cheetahs, polar bears and many more all in spacious enclosures. Set in wooded parkland on the outskirts of the city, the zoo features regular programmes of animal displays including birds of prey, flying displays and snake handling. There is also a children's farm with farm and domestic animals.

Price: Adults 4.60 Child 2.70
Hours: 9:30 - 14:00 daily
Details: 0141 771 1185


M&D's Theme Park
Strathclyde Country Park
Glasgow

Features over 40 major rides and attractions, from the wet & wild White Water log flume, to the sheer speed and exhilaration of The Tornado the massive double looping coaster. There are also rides for the small kids. The custom built indoor entertainment complex is jam packed with exciting things to see and do. From the massive Coca-Cola Fun Factory soft play area to the great themed Bizarre Bar Diner.

Price: Free entrance, free parking, rides start at 2.00 each
Details: 01698 333 999


Mugdock Country Park
Craigallian Road
Near Milngavie
Glasgow
G62 8EL

Enjoy 750 acres of beautiful, unspoilt countryside with contrasting landscapes, including castle ruins. There is a ranger led programme of countryside events, play areas, barbecue sites, orienteering and many beautiful walks

Hours: Every day all year, Visitor Centre & information point 9:00 - 17:00 daily
Details: 0141 956 6100


The Museum of Piping
30-34 McPhater Street
Cowcaddens
Glasgow
G4 0HW

Nothing makes a Scotsman feel more patriotic than the sound of a pipe band. This is after all the sound of Scotland, whether you call it a haunting melody - or a noise fit to lift the soul. At the Museum of Piping you can witness hundreds of years of Scottish heritage, played out right before your eyes and ears.

Hours: 9:30 - 16:30 Mon - Sat
Details: 0141 353 0220


The Museum of Transport
Kelvin Hall
Argyle Street
Glasgow

Dedicated to the history of transport on land, rail and sea, the museum features original vehicles from throughout the centuries including horse-drawn carriages, fire engines, railway engines and motor cars. There is also the history of the bicycle and the motorbike. Visitors can also experience a perfectly recreated underground station and an 1938 Glasgow Street.

Price: admission free
Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00 (closed Tuesday); Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Details: 0141 287 2000


New Lanark World Heritage Village
New Lanark Mills
Lanark
ML11 9DB

In the early years of the 17th Century, a young Welshman called Robert Owen chose the mill village of New Lanark as the site for a bold experiment. In an age when working men, women (and children) were routinely exploited in the unscrupulous pursuit of fast fortunes, Owen decided to do things differently. Decent homes, fair wages health care and proper schooling were his priorities. He proved that a happy workforce was a productive workforce - and the world took notice. The village includes a visitor centre which features a dark ride 'The Annie McLeod Experience' and working textile machinery and many other displays, there is also a millworkers' house and Robert Owen's house which looks exactly the way they would have looked when Owen ran the village.

Price: Historic New Lanark, Adult 3.75 Child 2.50 Family 9.95
The Visitor Centre, free admission
Millworkers' House, 1.00
Robert Owen's House 1.00
Village Store 1.00
Hours: 11:00 - 17:00
Details: 01555 661 345


The People's Palace
Glasgow Green
Glasgow
G40 1AT

The People's Palace was built as a cultural centre on Glasgow Green beside the River Clyde at the end of last Century. It charts the story and history of Glasgow, as seen through the generations who have lived there from 1175 to the present day. You can learn the Glaswegian 'patter' and see the unusual but wonderful artifacts that  the visitor to a more traditional museum may not see.

Price: free admission
Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00; Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Tel: 0141 554 0223


Pollok House
Pollok Country Park
2060 Pollokshaws Road
Glasgow
G43 1AT

The Maxwell family is known to have been established at Pollok from the mid 13th Century. The present house replaced three earlier castles at Pollok after consultation with William Adam, the foremost architect of his day in Scotland. The house was extended in 1890 by Sir John Stirling Maxwell who in 1939 placed the 1118-acre Nether Pollok Estate under protection of the first Conservation Agreement of the National Trust for Scotland, of which he was a founder member.

Hours: 1st Apr - 31 Oct 10:00 - 17:00; 1st Nov - 31st Mar 11:00 - 16:00
Details: 0141 616 6410


Sma' Shot Cottages
11/17 George Place
Paisley
0141 889 1708

Fully restored and furnished 18th Century weaver's cottages with photographs, artifacts of local interest. Each of these cottages have individual themes, and contains perfect recreations of 18th and 19th Century daily life complete with bone curtlery and ancient looms.

Price: admission free
Hours: Apr - Sep 13:00 - 17:00


The Tenement House
145 Buccleuch Street
Glasgow
G3 6QN

A typical Victorian tenement flat of 1892, a fascinating time capsule of the first half of the 20th century. It was the home of an ordinary shorthand typist, who lived up this 'close' for more than 50 years. The flat contains many if the original fittings and family items. There is also an exhibition on the ground floor about tenement life.

Hours: 1st Mar to 31st Oct, 14:00 - 17:00 daily (last admission 16:30)
Details: 0141 333 0183


Weaver's Cottage
Shuttle Street
Kilbarchan

This typical 18th century handloom weaver's cottage houses the last of 800 looms that used to operate in this village in the 1830s. Most Fridays and weekends, the clack, clack of a weaver at work brings this cottage to life again. There is also an attractive cottage garden and a video programme.

Hours: Good Friday to 3rd Oct 13:30 - 17:30 daily; weekends in Oct, 13:30 - 17:30 last admission 17:30
Details: 01505 705 588

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