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“Great hands on learning” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre
Ranked #20 of 268 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Rated 5 stars by VisitScotland, providing programs of entertaining Science theatre, Planetarium, and around 300 hands-on interactive science exhibits over three floors, to introduce science to everyone. Interaction distinguishes GSC, very few exhibits in glass cases and many opportunities to participate in Science. Included workshops and shows are a highlight, ranging from shadow puppets for youngsters to computer coding, robotics and ethical hacking for adults. "BodyWorks" examines the science behind human health and well-being, "Powering the Future" the future challenges and solutions in our energy-hungry world, and the digital planetarium allows visitors to 'leave earth' and travel through the cosmos. Science Mall admission includes free workshops and shows, with add-on charges of £3.00 for access to the Planetarium. A shop and cafe are free to access. Schools and outreach programs extend the Centre's work into the community. The Centre is a registered charity with surpluses returned to the education mission. Car parking and public transport links or a 15 minute walk along the Clyde from the City centre. The adjacent IMAX cinema is now operated by Cineworld.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking
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“Great hands on learning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

An interactive, stimulating and interesting centre. Lots of hands on exhibits really brought the science to life. Kept 2 adults, a 14yr old & 9yr old thoroughly entertained for 4hrs. We would highly recommend a trip here

Thank Lucy R
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Excellent place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

The Glasgow Science Centre was a great place to spend a couple of hours. The centre was busy with and it was nice to see the kids having fun with the many interactive scientific experiments and games. That's not to say there isn't plenty of things to keep the young at heart interested with a Science Mall covering three floors guaranteed to bring out the child within. The exhibition on the third floor was very educational and fun too. We also had lunch here at the cafe on the first floor.
You can also visit the centre's state-of-the-art Planetarium or the IMAX cinema, although these cost extra.

Visited August 2014
Thank bachi74
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Possibly ok if you are aged 7 or under”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

We had high hopes - what a total let down.
We queued for over 20 minutes to get our tickets - £41 (included the £3 car parking charge).
Hoards and hoards of families with small children, small tables spaced out all over the place with activities to do (a written explanation at each station). Reminded me of a creche, children everywhere. Noisy, you could not get a look-in at a station that had anything remotely interesting.
I dread to think of all the bacteria that is lurking here. Knobs, buttons,handles to turn etc etc - and there was a thing called the 'screaming kettle' - full of grimy water where all and sundry were dipping their hands in and rubbing their finger around the side of this bowl - i was nearly sick. How could any parent want their children to touch all these things? I wanted to get out of there as quick as i could.
It was a total waste of money and i would not recommend this place at all.
Go to the Riverside Museum - give them your hard earned cash because they deserve it. It is free but they welcome donations. And what a fabulous place. Our children loved it as did the others we observed - with their happy smiling faces.

Visited August 2014
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“Chaos, pure chaos”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Was it somehow a surprise to the Science Centre that today might be busy - last few days of school holidays? I wanted to book ahead but there is no facility to do this online - come on, it's 2014!! Tried the phone number to book but this simply told me to phone another number - guess what, a premium service line! Turns out this is only for booking IMAX. So .... we waited for 40 mins. What a disappointment when we did get in. The place was littered with debris from packed lunches, at least 15 of the exhibits weren't working but without any indication this was the case. At £10.50 per head this ain't cheap but don't waste your money.

30 miles away are the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies. Both free and awesome with helpful staff.

Not good enough Glasgow - pure dead awful.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit. ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Both parents and children won't get bored at GSC. There is so much to see and do. The place just had a good vibe about it. Also it wasn't over priced.

Thank wpmoore
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