Family friendly History And Culture in and around Glasgow

Argylls Lodging

Argylls Lodging

Stirling
Argyll’s Lodging is Scotland’s most splendid and complete example of a 17th century townhouse.It was a residence of the Earl of Stirling and later...
Auld Kirk Museum

Auld Kirk Museum

Kirkintilloch
The Auld Kirk Museum is located on one of the oldest sites in Kirkintilloch. The museum houses a rich collection of objects of local, national and international...
Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum

Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum

Biggar
Biggar Museum Trust aims to collect, store, preserve and record Biggar and Upper Clydesdale’s rich archaeological, social and historic heritage. The...
Bothwell Castle

Bothwell Castle

Bothwell
Explore a castle hotly fought over during the Wars of Independence with England. Bothwell Castle, built on a grand scale in the late 1200s, frequently...
Chatelherault Country Park

Chatelherault Country Park

Hamilton
Chatelherault Country Park, a five star visitor attraction under the Visit Scotland grading scheme, has been described as a Jewel in the Landscape.Chatelherault...
Clydebank Heritage Centre

Clydebank Heritage Centre

Clydebank
A unique collection of information on the history and culture of Clydebank and surrounding area including the villages of Duntocher, Hardgate and Old...
Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery

Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery

Clydebank
Clydebank Museum opened in 1980 in Clydebank Town Hall. It was originally operated by volunteers drawn from the local communities that had lobbied for...
Cowanes Hospital

Cowanes Hospital

Stirling
Cowane’s Hospital is a 17th century almshouse in the historic city of Stirling. It is also known as The Guildhall, as the Stirling Guildry have held...
Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle

Edinburgh South
Craigmillar is one of Scotland’s most perfectly preserved castles. It began as a simple tower-house residence. Gradually, over time, it developed into...
Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park

Maybole
With a dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history & beautiful surrounds, Culzean Castle is one of Scotland's best days out...
Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park

Maybole
With a dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history & beautiful surrounds, Culzean Castle is one of Scotland's best days out...
Dalgarven Mill Museum of Country Life & Costume

Dalgarven Mill Museum of Country Life & Costume

Kilwinning
Dalgarven Mill is a treasure trove, created in a group of outstanding historical industrial buildings in a beautiful rural location in Ayrshire.No longer...
Dean Castle Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park

Kilmarnock
Dean Castle Country Park is a fantastic free day out for all the family. The country park, covering over 200 acres, is nestled in the heart of Kilmarnock...
Doune Castle

Doune Castle

Doune
Built for the Regent Albany, Doune Castle is a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle. Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which...
Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton
Dumbarton was the centre of the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde from the 5th century until 1018.Impressively situated on a volcanic rock overlooking the...
Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Old Town
Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation's story.Battles and sieges were fought over...
Fairfield Heritage Centre

Fairfield Heritage Centre

Glasgow South Side
For 100 years Govan was the centre of shipbuilding on the Clyde. Here some of the finest, most luxurious liners, steamships and naval vessels were designed...
Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art

Glasgow City Centre
Situated in the heart of the City Centre, GoMA is Scotland's most visited modern art gallery displaying work that highlights the interests, influences...
Garrison House

Garrison House

Millport
Fully restored to its former glory in 2008, Garrison House now boasts the local NHS Medical Centre, a state of the art Library, the Museum of the Cumbraes...
George Square

George Square

Glasgow City Centre
George Square is the principal civic square in Glasgow. It is named after King George III. Laid out in 1781, George Square is today home to the headquarters...
Gladstones Land

Gladstones Land

Edinburgh Old Town
The house of wealthy merchant and landlord Thomas Gledstanes showcases high-rise living, 17th-century style, at the beating heart of Edinburgh's historic...
Glasgow Central Tours

Glasgow Central Tours

Glasgow City Centre
Explore one of Glasgow's most iconic landmarks, from the platforms to the subterranean vaults on a Glasgow Central Tour!The tour explores many parts of...
Glasgow Museums

Glasgow Museums

Various Locations Glasgow
Glasgow Museums offer something for everyone. Whether you want to find out more about an artist, come with your class to see how we used to live, see...
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Glasgow South Side
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC) is the store for the museums' collections when they're not on display at our venues.It's a vast building with rooms...
Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust

Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust

Glasgow East End
The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust was formed at the end of 2002 and is a registered charity (SC034066).The Trust has since 2003 leased the former Bridgeton...
Greenbank House and Garden

Greenbank House and Garden

Clarkston
Less than a mile from the suburban bustle of Clarkston on the south side of Glasgow, Greenbank Garden is a tranquil celebration of the gardener’s art...
Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Kirk

Edinburgh Old Town
Welcome to Greyfriars Kirk, a worshipping congregation of the Church of Scotland in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town where a church has stood since...
Holmwood House

Holmwood House

Glasgow South Side
Lying just a few miles from the centre of Glasgow, this unique villa has been described as Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's finest domestic design.It was built...
Hopetoun House

Hopetoun House

Queensferry
Hopetoun is a place of outstanding natural beauty, which has Scotland\'s finest stately home at its heart. Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun...
House for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover

Glasgow South Side
Designed by famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover is a truly unique venue. We are one of Glasgow's finest wedding...
Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Glasgow West End
The Hunterian is Scotland’s oldest public museum and home to over a million magnificent items ranging from meteorites to mummies and Mackintosh. Within...
Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle

Inveraray
Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast...
Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray
Inveraray Jail is a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Interact with costumed...
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Glasgow West End
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu​seum is one of Scotland's most popular free attractions. It has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing...
Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle

Edinburgh West
When you step inside Lauriston Castle, you see it just as it was in 1926, when it was left to the nation by the last private owner, Mrs Reid.The Castle...
Low Parks Museum

Low Parks Museum

Hamilton
Low Parks Museum in Hamilton is a 5-star museum under the Visit Scotland grading scheme, situated in the former Low Parks of the Duke of Hamilton's estates...
National Museum of Flight Scotland

National Museum of Flight Scotland

North Berwick
Head off on a journey of discovery at this former airfield as you explore the history of aviation from the First World War to the present day. Climb on...
National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh Old Town
Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof at the National...
Nelson Monument

Nelson Monument

Edinburgh New Town
The Nelson Monument was built in memory of Admiral Lord Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Weather permitting, the Trafalgar flag signal...
New Lanark World Heritage Site

New Lanark World Heritage Site

Lanark
New Lanark World Heritage Site is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Southern Scotland, close to the Falls of Clyde and only around...
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Motherwell
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre is located at the top of Hamilton Road, just opposite the station. Due to the relocation of the council archives and...
Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum

Paisley
Paisley Museum is a 4 star visitor attraction located in the heart of Paisley. It houses a wealth of treasures, from Ancient Egyptian artefacts to reminders...
Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Paisley
The Paisley Thread Mill Museum is dedicated to Renfrewshire and Paisley's thread mill heritage. The museum is staffed by volunteers and can be found on...
Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens

Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens

Glasgow City Centre
The People’s Palace, set in historic Glasgow Green, tells the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century.Explore...
Pollok House

Pollok House

Glasgow South Side
A grand country house near Glasgow city centre, Pollok House is Scotland’s answer to Downton Abbey and gives a real taste of upstairs/downstairs life...
Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

Edinburgh Old Town
Princes Street Gardens lies at centre of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site, within New Town and Old Town Outstanding Conservation Areas. It is listed in...
Riverside Museum

Riverside Museum

Glasgow West End
Visit the Riverside Museum for FREE and experience the wonder of Glasgow's industrial heritage in this striking building designed by internationally renowned...
Scotland Street School Museum

Scotland Street School Museum

Glasgow South Side
This building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and offers a fascinating glimpse into schooldays of the past.Scotland Street School Museum is...
Scott Monument

Scott Monument

Edinburgh Old Town
The Scott Monument is the largest monument to a writer in the world. It commemorates Sir Walter Scott.There are 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument...
Shotts Heritage Centre

Shotts Heritage Centre

Shotts
Shotts Heritage Centre is within the town library. Displays focus on the area’s strong 17th century covenanting heritage and the rise and fall of local...
Sma Shot Cottages

Sma Shot Cottages

Paisley
The Sma Shot Cottages are a major attraction in the Renfrewshire area, providing visitors with an insight into two distinct periods of Paisley's weaving...
St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art

Glasgow City Centre
The award-winning St Mungo Museum is a haven of tranquillity in a bustling city. This museum is named after Glasgow's patron saint, who brought the Christian...
Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling
Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence & a source of national pride. Visitors can now step back into the sumptuous world of Stirling...
Strathaven Town Mill Arts and Heritage Centre

Strathaven Town Mill Arts and Heritage Centre

Strathaven
The Town Mill was built in the 17th century in the shadow of Strathaven Castle, another well known historic landmark. Known throughout the county for...
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Coatbridge
Summerlee, the museum of Scottish industrial life - in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire - is a VisitScotland '4 Star' visitor attraction and 'Best Working Attraction...
Tenement House

Tenement House

Glasgow West End
The National Trust for Scotland's Tenement House provides a rare glimpse into life in Glasgow in the early 20th century, in the faithfully restored four...
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum

Stirling
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum is located in Stirling Castle, in the city of Stirling, Scotland.The Museum traces the history of the 91st...
The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre

Stirling
In June 1314 the history of Scotland as a nation was about to change forever.It was at the Battle of Bannockburn that Robert Bruce, King of Scots, would...
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Glasgow City Centre
The Britannia Music Hall (The Panopticon) in Trongate, Glasgow, Scotland is the oldest surviving music hall in the world.Built in 1857 by Thomas Gildard...
The Burrell Collection

The Burrell Collection

Glasgow South Side
Please note: The Burrell Collection is temporarily closed until 2020 for refurbishmentThe Burrell Collection is part of Glasgow Museums and is free to...
The Georgian House

The Georgian House

Edinburgh New Town
The north side of Charlotte Square is Robert Adam's masterpiece of urban architecture. The Georgian House, with its elegant furnished interior, is located...
The Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow City Centre
Mackintosh's 'masterwork' The Glasgow School of Art, built 1897-1909, bookends his architectural career. Heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts style...
The Govan Stones Project

The Govan Stones Project

Glasgow South Side
Discover the unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th-11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde...
The Hill House

The Hill House

Helensburgh
High on a hill in Helensburgh, overlooking the River Clyde, sits what is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation...
The Mackintosh Church

The Mackintosh Church

Glasgow West End
The Mackintosh Church at Queen's Cross is one of Glasgow's hidden architectural gems. The only church in the world designed by the great Scottish architect...
The National Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument

Stirling
The Wallace Monument stands tall and proud outside the city of Stirling, overlooking the scene of Scotland’s victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge...
The Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh East
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.Located at the bottom...
The Peoples Story Museum

The Peoples Story Museum

Edinburgh Old Town
The People’s Story explores the lives of Edinburgh’s ordinary people. From work to home, healthcare to social activities, people of the past are brough...
The Real Mary Kings Close

The Real Mary Kings Close

Edinburgh Old Town
The Real Mary King’s Close is buried deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The city’s deepest secret; a warren of hidden streets that has remained...
The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Leith
Visit the UK's no.1 attraction (TripAdvisor). The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing...
The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Stirling
The Stirling Smith is the home of a significant collection of rare and unique artefacts, spanning centuries of Scottish, British and World history. The...
The Tall Ship at Riverside

The Tall Ship at Riverside

Glasgow West End
The Clyde Maritime Trust (Scottish Charity No: SC004608) owns the barque Glenlee, the principal exhibit at The Tall Ship at Riverside. Of the many hundreds...
Weavers Cottage

Weavers Cottage

Kilbarchan
Step into Weaver’s Cottage and be transported back to the days when Kilbarchan was at the heart of the thriving Scottish textile industry.This restored...
Willow Tea Rooms

Willow Tea Rooms

Glasgow City Centre
A visit to The Willow Tea Rooms is a must for anyone interested in enjoying tasty traditional food and drinks in an atmospheric setting.Owned by Anne...