Site Specifics: Glasgow Science Centre
What is it?
Three futuristic protrusions rising from the south bank of the Clyde, filled with whizzes, bangs and musical fish beyond your wildest imaginings.
Are you sure it isn’t just a bunch of ageing chemistry teachers demonstrating the correct method of picking up a test tube?
Yes. The Glasgow Science Centre is seriously up-to-date, and definitely not boring. The main building is the Science Mall, which has three floors and more than 250 bits of science-stuff to interact with. You can merge your features with those of an animal or a celebrity, learn how to walk on stilts, extract your own DNA or visit the ridiculously high-tech planetarium. And the musical fish really do exist, down on the ground floor with the Giant African Land Snails and the Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches.
Extracting DNA? Musical fish? I do that every weekend. Tell me something new.
To one side of the Science Mall is Scotland’s only IMAX cinema, and to the other is the Glasgow Tower, the tallest tower and second-tallest free-standing structure in Scotland, beaten only by a power-station chimney in Inverclyde. The Tower has a definite edge over the chimney, however. Not only can you take a lift up to a tower-top viewing platform, but the entire building, by a miracle of computer control, can be rotated 360 degrees. Depending on the weather.
How much will it cost?
£8.25 for adults and £6.25 for children. If you’re planning return visits, though, a £35/£25 season ticket will give you a year’s unlimited access to the Mall and Planetarium.
How do I get there?
It’s a well-signposted 1km away from Cessnock subway station. Non-’Wegians should hop on from Buchanan Street, which is right beside Queen Street Station.
50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, 0871 540 1000 www.glasgowsciencecentre.org