I visited Glasgow Science Centre with my husband, in-laws and 2 year old in August 2014. I'd never really fancied it, but many of my friends with young children recommended it, so we thought we'd give it a go.
It is really expensive: £10.50 for an adult (kids are £8.50 over age 3), and then it's extra for the tower, the planetarium, the IMAX and the car park. We didn't pay for any of the additional stuff but we really enjoyed the science mall. My friends were right, there was loads to do and our daughter loved it, the childrens' play area was perfect for her. The adults all had a great time trying out the experiments too and there were great views of the river.
We had planned to have lunch there but the cafe was rotten. This isn't the first time I've complained about the standard of food for kids at an attraction I've reviewed, but I really struggle to understand how these places can invest so much in making the exhibits so child-friendly, and then serving them up nothing more appetising than a ham sandwich or chicken nuggets for lunch. The cafe looked entirely gross and I would've been pretty annoyed at paying through the nose for such an unappetising menu.
Despite the cost and the horrible cafe, I would still rate the science centre as very good because the exhibition itself was great. It is worth a visit, but to try and minimise the expense, take your own lunch as there seemed to be seating where people were eating packed lunches. Also, you can use Tesco Clubcard vouchers towards tickets which could make it a lot more affordable. And I believe you can also get a discount to the museum when you buy a ticket for the city sightseeing bus. Finally, if you live locally, the annual pass is £24 which would be pretty good value if you plan going more than twice. I think we'll definitely look into that for our next visit!
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