Glasgow Tourist Attractions
Glasgow offers many tourist attractions, including the Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour and the Glasgow Science Centre, next to the SECC. The Sandyford Hotel is located between Glasgow's West End and City Centre, just a short distance away from these attractions at Glasgow Harbour and the SECC.
Because of its excellent bus and rail links, the Sandyford Hotel is an ideal base for exploring further afield attractions, such as Pollok House and Pollok Country Park in the South Side of Glasgow.
And for those wishing to take a tour of Glasgow, the Glasgow Tour Bus stops just outside the Sandyford hotel. The Tour Bus allows you to see many attractions in a short time, and features a local guide.
Glasgow Science Centre
The Glasgow Science Centre is a major science and technology museum located in Glasgow, Scotland. The science mall building contains the Scottish Power Planetarium, a climate change theatre, as well as three floors of interactive exhibits, including 'Alice Through the Looking Glass,' a new (Feb 06) interactive experience about perception. Visitors can participate in interactive workshops, exciting live science shows and watch live star-shows. The science mall also has numerous theates and spaces available for hosting events and presentations.
Within the complex there is an IMAX cinema, and the Glasgow Tower, the only structure in the world capable of rotating 360° from its foundations. The IMAX Theatre, part of the Glasgow Science Centre in Govan on the south bank of the Clyde opened on July 5th 2001 and is the first in Scotland and one of only eight in Britain.
The cinema was initially programmed with science-based 2D and 3D IMAX films such Space Station narrated by Tom Cruise and Bugs narrated by Judi Dench, however since opening a number of feature films such as The Lion King and Matrix Reloaded have been released in the format and shown in Glasgow, taking advantage of the 80ft high screen and a 12,000 watt sound system to present these films in way impossible in a conventional cinema and helping to broaden the audience base of the IMAX Theatre.
The Tall Ship
The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour is one of Glasgow's leading visitor attractions. Whether you are looking for an educational day out or a fun place to explore The Tall Ship has it all. From Pirates and Mermaids to exhibitions and conferences you can be sure that The Tall Ship has something for everyone!
One of the cheapest days out in Glasgow - The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour can offer a family of four an exciting day for less than a ten pounds! With a whole host of events happening throughout the year you can be sure that a visit to the S.V Glenlee will be one to remember.
The Mitchell Library is one of Europe's largest public reference libraries. Since opening in 1877 it has acquired approximately 1.3 million items. The Mitchell Library boasts many exceptional items, rare books and manuscripts, including over 4,000 works by Scotland's National Poet Robert Burns - the largest collection of Robert Burns in the world.
Glasgow Cathedral's 13th century tower is the last remaining intact tower on a Scottish mediaeval church. The first stone built Cathedral was dedicated in 1136 in the presence of King David I but this has been a Christian site for well over 1500 years. The ground was consecrated for Christian burial by St. Ninian in 397 A.D. The Lower Church houses the tomb of St. Mungo (also called Kentigern) who died in 603 A.D.
Pollock House, three miles south of Glasgow, has been home to Maxwells since the mid-13th century. The present house was built around 1740 on the site of three earlier family structures, and it was extended in 1890 by Sir John Stirling Maxwell. Given to the City of Glasgow in 1966 by Mrs. Anne Maxwell Macdonald, the house and its internationally famed collection of paintings, porcelain and furnishings is maintained for public tours by the National Trust for Scotland. Set within Pollok Country Park, the site includes a restaurant which serves morning coffee, light lunch and afternoon tea (with home baking!) and also has a gift shop.