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MummyTravels’ guide to Glasgow with kids

The 2014 Commonwealth Games put Glasgow firmly back in the spotlight, and helped inspire my first trip there for years.

And as one of the UK’s largest cities, there’s plenty for children on a family-friendly holiday as well as for adults.

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Even if you’ve lived in Great Britain your whole life, it’s a city which still has the power to surprise. As ever, do add your own tips and suggestions in the comments.

Getting there/around
Glasgow is served by two train stations, including the fast west coast route into Glasgow Central from London Euston. Glasgow Queen Street Station links to the Highlands and Scottish East coast. You can also easily take day trips out to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, plus Edinburgh and Oban if you want to exlore further.

There are also two airports. Glasgow International, the closest to the city centre, and Glasgow Prestwick if you’d rather fly in.

Glasgow’s city centre is very walkable, but also has a good public transport network. You’ll need the right change for buses and be aware that drivers may limit the number of buggies to one per bus (certainly we were turned away as one family was already on board). Single fares start from £1.20, although you should be able to overpay if you don’t have the exact amount.

There’s also a metro system running around the city centre, with fares from £1.40 for an adult.

Where to stay
The best child-friendly apartments- my six best websites for apartments and hotels

Grand Central Hotel – my review

What to see
Child-friendly attractions – the top five things to see and do with children 

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Glasgow’s green heart – the botanic gardens

Child heaven in a museum – Glasgow Science Centre 

Meeting Sir Roger the elephant – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 

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Visiting St Kentigern – Glasgow Cathedral 

Where to eat
As well as the usual UK chains, Martha’s is very child-friendly and has some great healthy options – along with bacon rolls if you prefer.

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And for grown-ups… Rogano’s and Café Gandolfi 

Plan your visit
For more information, Visit Scotland has tips and information.

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There’s no Glasgow City Pass, but as most of the museums are free, you won’t need one! The Science Centre offers yearly passports if you’re planning to return or if you take the open-top bus tour of the city, you can currently get a 20% discount on admission. The stop is outside which is a bonus too.

 

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