Visit Scotland iCentre Glasgow

Are you looking to explore Glasgow in detail? Or do you just want to speak to a qualified tourism advisor while in the city, so that you can be sure to find the destinations that are right for you. If so, then make sure to pay a visit to Glasgow’s Visit Scotland iCentre. Here you will find experts who can find and book accommodation, tours and experiences, no matter what your circumstances are.

Where can I find the Visit Scotland iCentre?

The centre is located on Buchanan Street, close to Queen Street Station. It is directly facing the entrance to Buchanan Street Subway Station, next to Greggs.

The facility is greatly committed to providing a welcoming experience for all visitors to the city. So much so that they have established their own app, where visitors can inform them of their additional needs prior to visiting. The centre boasts an impressive amounts of free brochures and information packs, which help visitors find exactly what they are looking for. Along with this, it acts as a gift shop for the city, with a vast amount of souveneirs inspired by the city. So, if you need a little more information on your day out in Glasgow, then make sure to visit the Visit Scotland iCentre.

  • Gift Shop.
  • Wheelchair access.
  • Central location.

Things to do near Glasgow

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Road Cycling Tour of Arran, Islay & Jura

Calling all cyclists! Looking for the best way to experience a holiday on the stunning islands of Arran, Islay and Jura? Then jump aboard this island hopping adventure with Wilderness Scotland and cycle on some of ...
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The Scottish Design Exchange in Glasgow

Calling all art lovers! Do you want to support local artists in their struggle to gain recognition and income? If so, come on down to the Scottish Design Exchange in Glasgow. The organisation was set up ...
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Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow

Come and uncover history through art at Scotland’s most visited art gallery and centre for Glasgow’s in-depth modern and contemporary art collection, Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art! Located in the heart of Glasgow at the Royal ...
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Walking tours in Glasgow City Centre

Come take a stroll around Scotland’s largest city and stand in the streets steeped in history. This tour takes patrons around Glasgow city centre stopping off at different sites and giving a detailed history of the ...
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Ghost Tour Exploration Game in Glasgow

Edinburgh is world-famous for its Ghost tours, but Glasgow can also rival its neighbour city in this field. Discover the hidden treasures in the city, while also playing an interesting game. This ghost tour provides patrons ...
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Catch a show at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall

Calling all music and art lovers! Have you ever wanted to experience the best events that Glasgow has to offer? All while being nestled directly in the City centre between Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street. This ...
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The Lighthouse Glasgow

Calling all lovers of design and quirky architecture! The lighthouse in Glasgow city centre is the perfect place for you. Currently, it is the centre of Scottish design and architecture. This building acts as a symbol ...
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Princes Square Shopping Centre Glasgow

Glasgow is known internationally for its fantastic shopping experience! From Buchannan Street to the multitude of shopping centres in the City like St Enoch and Buchannan Galleries. One of the most interesting shopping experiences in the ...
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Clyde River Cycle Tour in Glasgow

For those planning on visiting Scotland’s largest city! Are you seeking a day out that will inform and educate you, but also be highly unique? If so, the Clyde River Cycle Tour in Glasgow is the ...
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Street Art Walking Tour in Glasgow

For all the budding street artists out there, this Glasgow walking tour is an exciting way to discover this beautiful city and see some of the amazing street art it’s famous for! Less about history and ...
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The Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow

Calling all theatre lovers! Are you looking for something entertaining to do on your next day out in Glasgow? If so, look no further than The Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow City Centre. This famous old theatre ...
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Can you beat the ‘Monster Burger’ challenge at Ad Lib in Glasgow?

At Ad Lib in Glasgow you have 2 hours to devour this 4.5lbs burger (that’s  2kg). This massive burger is aptly called the “Monster burger” as the challenge of eating this is quite like slaying a ...
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What's on in Glasgow

Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival

8 - 14 August, 2022
A week-long celebration of piping, including contemporary and traditional, solo and pipe bands. The World Pipe Band Championships take place on the second to last day at Glasgow Green, with free family displays in George Square.

Curious About Glasgow

8 - 21 August, 2022
Explore Glasgow with these two self-guided walks. If you're feeling up to it, you can also include a treasure hunt for added fun.

Dandelion -- Unexpected Garden: Govan

9 - 21 August, 2022
28 April-11 September Govan’s Unexpected Garden transforms a former timber storage facility, backing onto the Fairley Street workshop of GalGael. At the heart of the garden is The Govan Dozen; thirteen timber posts in a henge that create space for fires and feasts. There’s an upcycled and upturned wooden boat transformed into a welfare cabin and tool shed. An outdoor kitchen will support the rediscovery of traditional preserving techniques and explore the creation of herbal remedies. In these social spaces, neighbours and visitors alike can come together and enjoy the things that matter most in life: food, and good company. GalGael are a community who work together on demanding common tasks and stand in solidarity with those experiencing the profoundest effects of wealth inequality. Together, they’ll be digging alongside Tenement Veg, a working co-operative based in Glasgow’s Southside that grows and shares vegetables within communities. Their garden will cultivate local resilience in ways that are both regenerative and restorative for individuals and the wider community. GalGael's Unexpected Garden will be closed on Rangers Home Game Match days and at times when Orange Walks are scheduled.

Circus Extreme

9 - 14 August, 2022
A circus performance that has been five years in the making. Circus Extreme features extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, with performers including Danguir Troupe and Mustafa Danger.

Domestic Bliss

8 - 21 August, 2022
Featuring Jane Evelyn Atwood, Chris Bramble, Rabiya Choudhry, Thomas J Clapperton, Emmanuel Cooper, Anne Collier, Kate Davis, Jacqueline Donachie, The Empire Cafe, Alasdair Gray, Ilana Halperin, Jessie M King, Nicola L, Oscar Marzaroli, Mandy McIntosh and the Feegie Needlers, Scott Myles, Grayson Perry, Niki de Saint Phalle, Walter Price, Jo Spence, Ettore Sottsass, Joel Sternfeld, Camara Taylor, Jane Topping, Hanneline Visnes, Nick Waplington, Daphne Wright. Domestic Bliss presents works from Glasgow Museums’ collection reflecting on the Gallery of Modern Art's history; as a former house, a Royal Exchange and civic space.  Observing how artists work with fine art, design and craft practices alongside social and political changes, this show explores domestic labour and feminism, public and private space, intimate relationships and historical narratives. We live in a consumerist world where home interior, lifestyle magazines and social media present flawless examples for us to emulate in our own lives. What happens if we question what is seen as ‘domestic bliss’, and whose stories are hidden or revealed? Image: Domestic Bliss (2019). Photo: Ruth Clark 

Taste!

8 - 21 August, 2022
Featuring Aaron Angell, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Beryl Cook, Fischli/Weiss, Sarah Forrest, Andy Goldsworthy, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Sharon Hayes, David Hockney, Eduardo Paolozzi, David Shrigley, Stanley Spencer, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner Taste! is an exhibition of artworks from Glasgow Museums’ collection displayed alongside material from the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) archive. Through the display of artwork and archive it explores how collections are built, artworks are commissioned, and exhibitions are organised. Taste! presents a narrative that unpicks the history of the GoMA collecting, shining a light on both the artworks and the processes behind their journey from artist’s studio to museum collection. By hanging artwork and archive together, Taste! suggests that object and idea are of equal importance and offers the exhibition as a space to enjoy, question and discuss the value of art. Photo: Taste! installation shot

Sea of Paperwork

8 - 21 August, 2022
Sea of Paperwork is a display of art from workshops which invited young people to explore themes relating to migration, asylum and integration.  It presents the creative processes behind a printed publication of the same name, and offers an insight into the thoughts and feelings of the participants. The display includes a series of original artworks created by the young people themselves, alongside a video of the illustration process for the final print. As part of the exhibition we welcome you to leave a comment, and to reflect on the importance of these young contributors' perspectives. The participatory workshops took place from 2018 to 2019. Previously exhibited at the CCA, the themes discussed within the project are more relevant than ever. Through this exhibition, we continue to create spaces for discussion to highlight the importance of welcoming people in our communities. 

Balcony Display: Stones Steeped in History

8 - 21 August, 2022
This display, found in GoMA's Balcony Gallery, tells the story of the building from before it was built in 1776 through its various uses and modifications up to its controversial opening as a gallery of contemporary and modern art in 1996. The display explains that the original building belonged to William Cunninghame of Lainshaw and that he was a millionaire merchant. We are explicit in detailing that his wealth trading American tobacco and Caribbean sugar relied on the exploitation of enslaved people on plantations. The information on display also gives the further context of how Glasgow’s Georgian New Town, in and around Cunninghame’s mansion, developed as a business quarter and details how this new city grew through wealth acquired through the transatlantic slave trade and selling addictive tobacco, sugar and alcohol.

Spinning Around: Glasgow's Remarkable Record Shops, 1980-1995

8 - 21 August, 2022
This display will transport music fans back to a golden era for the city’s record stores. Among the exhibition’s main attractions are: gold discs from The Bluebells and Simple Minds; a fan-made, record shop bags connected to some of Glasgow’s best-loved vinyl venues; rare club flyers, including the Volcano’s legendary ‘Partick Passport’; and a 1956 Lambretta LD 150 scooter bought by Alex Kapranos, lead singer of Franz Ferdinand, to toast his first record deal.

Treasured shoe added to Athenia display on 80th anniversary of the sinking

8 - 21 August, 2022
Eighty years ago the SS Athenia was outbound from Glasgow, Liverpool and Belfast to Montreal, Canada with over 1,000 passengers on board. On the day World War 2 was declared in September 1939 it was attacked and sunk, becoming the first maritime casualty of the war. 122 people lost their lives. The deliberate sinking of the SS Athenia by a German submarine changed American public opinion, which ultimately lead to the US offering Britain and France support during WW2.   Riverside has a display dedicated to the ship and tells the story of the sinking.  The ship was built in Glasgow in 1923 for the Anchor-Donaldson Line, which later became the Donaldson Atlantic Line.  She worked between the United Kingdom and the east coast of Canada until September 1939.   In 2019 Rosemary Cass Beggs, the last British survivor of the sinking, donated a very personal memento to Riverside. As a 3 year old Rosemary was put into a lifeboat by her parents. Her father couldn’t swim, and her mother insisted they stay together, but save their child. Rosemary has vivid memories of being barefoot in the lifeboat, before being transferred to a ship that travelled on to Canada. While on board the ship to Canada other passengers made her tiny canvas shoes to protect her feet. When she was reunited with her parents some weeks later Rosemary’s family kept one shoe and gave one to the lady who had looked after her.   The tiny treasured shoe is now on show in Riverside. Such personal objects help bring the stories we tell in our museums to life and we are very grateful to Rosemary for her kind gift.

Step inside Driver’s Cab from ‘Train of the Future’

8 - 21 August, 2022
Come to Riverside and step inside a life-size replica driver’s cab of the brand new Nova 2 train by FirstGroup TransPennine Express. The child-friendly interactive display is based on a new state-of-the-art electric locomotive, set to be introduced on routes between Scotland and Northern England in 2020.   Leo Goodwin, TransPennine Express Managing Director, explained; ‘To build this faster, greener, electric train, engineers first had to make detailed drawings of what it might look like and how it would run. Then they conducted many tests to see if their ideas worked. This life-size replica cab was made to test the driver’s experience, comfort and safety and to see how the train’s exterior would look in real life.’   Riverside is home to Glasgow’s world famous transport and technology collection, including some notable locomotives from the 1900s. Having the Nova 2 train cab on show, representing the future of rail transport, keeps our collection current. What’s more not many people actually get to sit in the driver’s cab of a train, so the fully accessible interactive is expected to be popular, especially with younger visitors to the museum. Older ones can explore the vastly different conditions train drivers enjoy today, when contrasted with their compatriots who travelled up and down the country more than one hundred years ago.   The new ‘TransPennine Express at Riverside’ display is enhanced by a 360 degree view of the cab and flythrough of the new train’s interior, some technical information, images and links to other locomotives on display at Riverside and held in the city’s collection. It is located on the ground floor of the main hall, below the Infinite Velodrome display. 

Dorothee Pullinger displays honours trailblazing automotive engineer

8 - 21 August, 2022
_Driving Force: Dorothée_ _Pullinger and the Galloway Car _celebrates the achievements of British engineering pioneer, business woman and racing driver Dorothée Pullinger. Dorothee co-founded the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and we are delighted the new display opens in its centenary year.   The centrepiece is a rare Galloway motorcar built in 1924 at the Heathhall factory Pullinger managed, which was legendary for the large number of women engineers it employed. Pullinger led by example paving the way for women in engineering as well as in motor sport. She defied the conventions of the time by becoming a young engineer, but in 1920 she came up against the prevalent gender-bias of the time when she applied to join the Institution of Automobile Engineers and was turned down on the grounds that ‘the word “person” means a man and not a woman’.   Dorothée Pullinger was born in France in January 1894. Her father was the car designer Thomas Pullinger. The family moved to the UK and in 1910 she started work at Arrol-Johnston, a car manufacturer in Paisley, Scotland, where her father was a manager.   When World War One started Dorothée was in charge of female munitions workers at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. While employed there she introduced a canteen system that provided meals for the workers and ended up being responsible for around 7,000 people. She was later awarded an MBE for her work during the war. After the war Dorothée returned to Scotland and to cars, resuming her engineering training. From there she became the manager of the Galloway Engineering Company, a subsidiary of Arrol-Johnston, at its factory near Kirkcudbright. In the early 1920s production of the Galloway motor car began. Dorothée Pullinger played a central role in its success.   Galloways were described by _Light Car and Cycle _magazine in 1921 as ‘built by ladies, for those of their own sex’. This was exactly what Dorothée had envisaged. Smaller and lighter than most cars of the time, it featured gears in the middle of the car rather than outside, the steering wheel was smaller with the seat raised and the dashboard lowered.   The 1920s was a difficult time for independent car makers, only 4,000 Galloways were made and the factory ceased production by the end of the decade. The Galloway car on show at Riverside Museum is believed to be one of only 15 that remain worldwide and one of only four in Scotland.   Dorothée also liked to drive and in 1924 she was ‘the first lady competitor’ to enter an annual race called the Scottish Six Days Trials. She won the silver cup. Also on show are two loaned objects from the Pullinger family; a small racing medal awarded to Dorothee in 1922 and her A5 sketchbook from 1908, featuring watercolours painted near their home in Dalry when she was 14. These are complemented by a thistle mascot that would have been on the bonnet of select cars, an engine badge, a Galloway catalogue, a cloche hat and a pair of 1920s shoes. Inside the car a specially-commissioned costume will be presented to reference the costume Dorothée wore when she competed in the 1924 Scottish Six Days Trials.   Three films help bring the story to life for visitors. The first, an interview with two young Scottish rally drivers, Erica Winning and Amy McCubbin, who describe what it is like to be female rally drivers today and compare their experience with Dorothée’s racing in the 1920s, explaining why she is such an inspiration. A second features a young engineer dressed in the Galloway factory uniform talking about the car and its key elements. The last film introduces two of Dorothee’s children speaking about their mother.   _Driving Force: Dorothée_ _Pullinger and the Galloway Car _is located on the ground floor of Riverside Museum by the car wall at the South entrance.

Coming into View: Eric Watt's photographs of Glasgow

8 - 21 August, 2022
Eric Watt's passion for amateur photography led him to spend his free time on the streets of Glasgow, taking images of the city and its people. This exhibition displays some of his most striking images showing Glasgow from the late 1950s to the 1990s. Many of the most engaging photos show children at play in the streets and parks, but Watt also documented the adult world in all its complexity. Work, leisure, faith and politics are recorded with affection and curiosity. What stands out most of all however is Glasgow itself and the way the city changed over time.

Vacation XSite 2022

8 - 12 August, 2022
XSite Braehead, Scotland’s leading entertainment destination, is set to launch Vacation XSite, an exciting summer-long event. Running from 1st July – 12th August, Vacation XSite will offer customers exclusive retailer discounts with fun packed, family friendly activities along the way. Customers will be able to access a range of summer discounts, downloadable from the XSite website. These include: a 2 for 1 course offer at Paradise Island Adventure Golf for up to 4 people; bring a friend for free at trampoline venue Gravity; 20% off at Trespass and a free MyODEON membership for film fanatics to save on cinema tickets. This year, a doodle artist will be in the centre on the 17th of July from 1pm – 3pm to create fun caricatures for guests to take home with them as a souvenir of their “vacation”. This will be a completely free experience for anyone to enjoy. For those who prefer to take real images of their vacation, on the weekend of the 15th – 17th of July, there will be photo opportunities aplenty for budding influencers at the summer selfie zone featuring giant deck chairs and other summer themed props. Guests are encouraged to post their images to social media tagging #VacationXSite. Rosalind Gibson, Marketing Manager at XSite Braehead, said: “After the success of Vacation XSite last year, we wanted to bring it back in 2022 bigger than before, to make the most of the summer holidays, here at XSite! “We are offering customers a vacation destination of a different kind, designed to make eating, shopping, and playing for all ages, even more fun. “We can’t guarantee sunshine all summer long here in Scotland, so we are happy to be able to provide exclusive discounts from our top attractions, bars and restaurants, all under one roof.”

Striking Herstories

8 - 21 August, 2022
A brand-new trail at Europe’s first national football museum will shine a spotlight on the fascinating history of women’s football in Scotland. New artworks and text panels will bring to life the stories of iconic female footballers, including Ayrshire’s Rose Reilly, voted the world’s best female footballer in 1983, and Scotland's most prolific goal scorer, Julie Fleeting, who has over 100 goals to her name. The trail will also explore the adversity and discrimination Scottish women have faced over the centuries, and the highs and lows of playing the game. By showcasing the tenacity and talent of these trailblazing women, this vital new trail will provide inspiration for future female players of the beautiful game. The trail will launch on 1 June and be available thereafter. Please pre-book your slot online before visiting the museum. The price of the trail is included within a combo ticket for museum and stadium tour admission: £13 full price / £5 concessions / free for under 5s.

Books at the Botanics Book Fair

8 - 8 August, 2022
Stalls selling a wide variety of second hand, vintage and antiquarian books. The sale is located in The Hopkirk Building. Wheelchair accessible, buggies welcome, dog friendly.