Family friendly Visitor Centres in and around Glasgow

What better way to discover new and unique insights into local culture, nature and heritage than by choosing to visit one of the visitor centres detailed here?

Airdrie Observatory

Airdrie Observatory

Airdrie
One of only four observatories operating in the UK, Airdrie Observatory is of historical and scientific interest for both adults and children alike.Located...
Almond Valley Heritage Centre

Almond Valley Heritage Centre

Livingston
There are many things to enjoy and discover here at Almond Valley. For your little ones there are tractor rides, soft play areas, interactive activities...
Argaty Red Kites

Argaty Red Kites

Doune
Here on our farm just north of Stirling, we run Central Scotland's only red kite feeding station where visitors can watch these exciting birds and their...
Biggar Puppet Theatre

Biggar Puppet Theatre

Biggar
Victorian Style Puppet Theatre - The home of International Purves Puppets. Theatre seating 100 showing special glow in the dark large scale puppet shows...
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

Stirling
Scotland’s safari park is located between Stirling and Doune, and is the only place in the country where you can see elephants and giraffes.Voted the...
Calderglen Country Park

Calderglen Country Park

East Kilbride
Calderglen Country Park is a four-star tourist attraction which has a Children's Zoo, Tropical Glasshouse, Ornamental Gardens, Nature Trails and Walks...
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Edinburgh Old Town
The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. This unique experience has delighted and...
Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Lochwinnoch
The Visitor Centre and Country Park provide a great place to enjoy ‘wonderful water, walks and wildlife’ all year round in the ancestral homelands...
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

Lochwinnoch
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park covers an area of 108 square miles and contains two country parks with visitor centres at Castle Semple Loch and Muirshiel...
Coats Observatory

Coats Observatory

Paisley
Coats Observatory is the oldest public observatory in Scotland and was gifted to the people of Paisley by Thomas Coats and designed by Glasgow Architect...
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...
David Livingstone Centre

David Livingstone Centre

Blantyre
There are storeys of stories about David Livingstone, the famous Scottish explorer and missionary, in this birthplace museum of his life and work. Housed...
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...
Discover Amazonia

Discover Amazonia

Motherwell
Discover Amazonia, situated within M&Ds at Strathclyde Park, is Scotlands only indoor tropical rainforest, packed full of exotic plants and animals.Come...
Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth

Edinburgh Old Town
Dynamic Earth is a 5 star visitor experience which invites you to take a journey through time to witness the story of planet Earth. Through a series of...
Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh West
Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The Society was founded in March 1909, and the Zoo opened in July 1913. Set...
Finlaystone Country Estate

Finlaystone Country Estate

Langbank
Finlaystone Country Estate is an established visitor attraction managed by the family of the Chief of the Clan MacMillan. The estate, with its spectacular...
Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove

Edinburgh South
Gilmerton Cove is a series of hand carved passageways and chambers that lie below ground to the south of Gilmerton crossroads.After five years of work...
Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow South Side
Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland's must-see visitor attractions situated on the banks of the Clyde. We present concepts of science and technology...
Go Ape Aberfoyle

Go Ape Aberfoyle

Aberfoyle
Our first Tree Top Adventure in Scotland and what an impact it’s made. Stunning scenery of the surrounding Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in Aberfoyle (...
Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm

Edinburgh West
Gorgie City Farm has been a much-loved part of the local community in Edinburgh for the past 30 years. We are dedicated to inspiring local people and...
Green Aspirations Scotland CIC

Green Aspirations Scotland CIC

Balfron
Green Aspirations Scotland offers craft experiences, Bushcraft Birthday Parties, team building & natural products.We are a woodland based social enterprise...
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...
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...
Kelburn Estate & Country Centre

Kelburn Estate & Country Centre

Largs
Based around a 13th Century castle that's had an amazing makeover courtesy of a team of Brazilian artists, the estate near Largs, Ayrshire also features...
Lamont City Farm

Lamont City Farm

Erskine
Lamont City Farm is a vibrant community project located in Erskine, Renfrewshire.At Lamont Farm, you can meet a wide variety of domesticated animals,...
Loch Lomond Shores

Loch Lomond Shores

Balloch
Loch Lomond Shores is a great day out with lots of things to see and do, including designer shopping, an aquarium, restaurants and cafes and outdoor activities...
Mugdock Country Park

Mugdock Country Park

Mugdock
Located in beautiful semi-natural and formal landscapes yet only 10 miles from Glasgow city centre, Mugdock Country Park offers an exciting visit to the...
Muirshiel Visitor Centre

Muirshiel Visitor Centre

Lochwinnoch
Muirshiel Visitor Centre & Country Park gives easy access to ‘great walking in hen harrier countryside’ in what was once an impressive Victorian shooting...
Murrayfield Stadium

Murrayfield Stadium

Edinburgh West
Murrayfield Stadium (known as BT Murrayfield Stadium for sponsorship reasons, or usually just known as Murrayfield) is a sports stadium located in the...
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 Rural Life

National Museum of Rural Life

East Kilbride
Take in the sights, smells and sounds of a 1950s working farm, complete with dairy cows and sheep, at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride...
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...
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...
Palacerigg Country Park

Palacerigg Country Park

Cumbernauld
Enjoy the rare breeds collection, wildlife, Millennium longhouses, environmental education, kids playpark and much more.Our Park Visitor Centre now hosts...
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Stockbridge and Canonmills
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction...
RSPB Barons Haugh Nature Reserve

RSPB Barons Haugh Nature Reserve

Motherwell
A real gem for wildlife and for visitors too. Spend time in one of the four hides, looking out at the ducks and swans on the haugh, or take a walk through...
RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve

RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve

Lochwinnoch
The best place in the west of Scotland for family fun, wild days out and discovering nature with an excellent RSPB shop, nature centre and visitor trails...
RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond

Gartocharn
RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is a special place for wildlife. Located on the south-east shores of the loch, the site has a variety of habitats from ancient...
Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery

Edinburgh Old Town
The Scottish National Gallery is one of Scotland’s top free visitor attractions. It is made up of three interconnected buildings, right in the heart...
Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh Old Town
Scotland's Parliament sits at the foot of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile in front of the spectacular Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags. Constructed from...
Scottish Wildlife Trust: Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre

Scottish Wildlife Trust: Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre

Lanark
The Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde and Visitor Centre is nestled in the Clyde Valley and is part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature...
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...
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 Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk
The Falkirk Wheel is the world's first and only rotating boat lift, as much an icon for Scotland as it is an engineering masterpiece!
The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Glasgow City Centre
The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue situated in the heart of Glasgow...
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

Aberfoyle
Whether you want to do a little or do a lot, The Lodge is made for you. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views, stroll to the waterfall, visit the Red...
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 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 Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary

The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary

Oban
Now in its 36th year,The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary opens a window into a watery wonderland teeming with amazing sea creatures of astonishing variety...
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...
The ZooLab Jungle Room

The ZooLab Jungle Room

Larbert
***The ZooLab Jungle is now closed for Winter and will re-open Easter 2018***We are an intimate animal handling, indoor rainforest experience, like no...
Tollcross Childrens Farm and Visitor Centre

Tollcross Childrens Farm and Visitor Centre

Glasgow East End
Tollcross Children's Farm and Courtyard are located at the Wellshot road entrance to Tollcross Park.The Courtyard, which dates back to the 19th century...
Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre

Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre

Eaglesham
Whitelee Windfarm is Europe's largest windfarm and is located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from Glasgow. The windfarm currently has 140 operational...