Take the kids on a summer adventure with Subway and explore Glasgow with ease, from the Botanic Gardens at Hillhead to the Gallery of Modern Art on Buchanan Street – you can see so much more of the city when you travel with Subway and kids travel all day for just £1.45*. We’ve put together our guide to summer in Glasgow; jam packed with loads of activities and events perfect to get the family involved with. Take a look below and start planning your summer adventure:
Stop off at our Buchanan Street station in the heart of Glasgow’s thriving city centre and take a stroll down to the Gallery of Modern Art, only a five minute walk from our station or visit George Square and get involved with everything happening as part of the European Championships & Festival 2018.
Take the family to Saturday Art Club and get creative over summer, this free art club holds different workshops every Saturday, giving you the chance to experience everything from clay sculpting to making your very own piece of glowing art! Check out the details about GoMA’s various workshops happening over the summer here. If Saturday Art Club isn’t your thing, then why not take in the fantastic art on display at GoMA – Scotland’s most visited modern art gallery!
European Championships & Festival 2018
As part of the European Championships 2018, Festival 2018 presents a fun-filled cultural programme running alongside the sporting action taking place across the city. With free activities for all ages across 11 days, a range of delicious Scottish food and drink to sample and fantastic music from talented Glasgow based artists across a whole variety of genres, there’s not a chance you’ll run out of things to do with the family whilst Festival 2018 is here.
Willow Tea Rooms
After all of the excitement of the day, tummies will definitely be rumbling so stop off for a bite the Willow Tea Rooms on Buchanan Street for a touch of history with your meal!
Inspired by the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Willow Tea Rooms at 97 Buchanan Street are modelled on Kate Cranston’s Ingram Street Tea Rooms from the early 1900s recreating the fabulous interiors from the White Dining Room and the Chinese (Blue) Room. Not only some amazing decor, but freshly-made food for all the family, from soups and sandwiches to afternoon tea and some seriously tempting treats! Plus, if you’re a member of our Upper Circle you can receive a 10% discount on your food bill.
Scotland Street School Museum
Hop off at Shields Road and directly across the road you’ll find Scotland Street School, it tells the story of 100 years of education in Scotland, from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.
Love movies? Head along to the Secret Sunday Cinema Club at Scotland Street School Museum for a family movie afternoon.
Scotland Street School will also holding various arts and crafts events over summer.
Kinning Park Subway stop has lots of activities that all the family can join in with, like RollerStop and Laser Quest!
This is the place to be if you love skating. With family summer holiday roller discos suitable for ages 4+ which include group games and activities, this is a great place for some fun with the family! If you’re one of our lucky Upper Circle members, you can receive a 10% discount on entry fee and skate hire when booking online.
This is the number 1 brand of Laser tag boasting Glasgow’s largest multi-level game arena. Whilst the kids are having a ball mums and dads can relax in the café area or even join in the fun at the space themed arcade. Don’t forget two games for just £7 with your Smartcard and The Upper Circle!
Glasgow Science Centre
Located on the banks of the River Clyde and only a 15 minute walk from our Cessnock station, the Glasgow Science Centre is the place to go for all things science and technology related! With exhibitions and activities for all ages, including the Planetarium where you can stargaze during the day to Bodyworks where you get to be at the centre of the experiments are find out what really goes on in your body – Glasgow Science Centre is a brilliant day out.
House for an Art Lover
Designed by Mackintosh in 1901 although not actually constructed until 1989, you’ll find stunning interiors in every room of this grand house. Audio guided tours are available and there is a kids map to guide your little ones around the sculpture garden. The House is located within Bellahouston Park with Grounds for Play, the art inspired children’s play park, available right outside.
Fancy some parent and child yoga in the park? Or perhaps some family karate? ParkLives brings a range of fun and exciting activities to parks across Glasgow, including Bellahouston! Make the most of the Scottish sun and get outdoors with ParkLives over the summer holiday. Find out more information here.
Work your way round to Partick to enjoy a visit to a firm family favourite, the Riverside Museum at Glasgow Harbour which is only a short walk from Partick Subway. Here you’ll find more than 3000 objects on display including an original Subway carriage from over 120 years ago!
If you’re looking for more information then try out a Tram Man Tour – he’ll take you on a journey through history, exploring all sorts of public transport and giving you an insight into what it was like back then.
The Tall Ship at Riverside
Explore The Tall Ship and take a look around the Captain’s cabin, engine room and cargo hold cinema! With so much to do and see, and free entry this is one attraction you definitely don’t want to miss out on.
You can also head down to Toddler Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Tall Ship for some seriously exciting sessions especially for children aged 0-4. Expect everything from songs, puppets, arts and crafts and more.
Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery
From Kelvinhall, it’s only a short walk up to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
With 22 themed galleries which display over 8000 objects, Kelvingrove has something for everyone and is the perfect place for a family day of exploring.
Take a walk around the beautiful Botanic Gardens and explore the recently restored Kibble Palace – it’s only a short walk from our station and perfect for a sunny afternoon.
Fancy some parent and child yoga in the park? Or perhaps some family karate? ParkLives brings a range of fun and exciting activities to parks across Glasgow, including Kelvingrove! Make the most of the Scottish sun and get outdoors with ParkLives over the summer holiday. Find out more information here.
Glasgow Film Theatre
Scotland’s original independent cinema – look out for their regular Take 2: Family- friendly Film screenings.
*Terms and Conditions Apply
Applies to children under 16 years old travelling with a Smartcard
Children under five travel for free if accompanied by a fare paying adult