16 Best Fun Things To Do in Glasgow
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest (and locals would say friendliest) city - so it's no surprise there are lots of fun things to do, places to visit and things to see when you’re there.
We’ve chosen 16 of the most fun Glasgow activities we could find - just to give you some ideas to get started:
If you’ve never tried one of the “Escape from a locked room” style games - you’re in for a treat. They’re amazing fun, totally absorbing, and time just flies by.
Escape Rooms Glasgow offers four different challenging rooms to choose from:
The Riddler - A criminal mastermind called The Riddler has planted a bomb in Glasgow. Can you and your team of specialists solve the clues and defuse the bomb before it’s too late?
Bank Heist - You’re in a bank with a vault full of diamonds - and the police are on their way. You have 60 minutes to get past the vault security, steal the diamonds and make your escape before you get caught.
Jail Break - You’ve been wrongly convicted and sentenced to life behind bars. Can you and your fellow inmates defeat the complex security and escape before it’s too late?
Zombie Quarantine - For over 16s only - You’re locked in a room with a real live zombie, and only 60 minutes to get out before you meet your doom. Can you get out alive?
The rooms have varying difficulty levels, but all have lots of clues and puzzles for you to solve. You can escape by using your wits alone - but will you?
Laser Quest Glasgow
Laser Tag is the fast-paced all-action combat game set in a sci-fi future, where teams compete to shoot each other with laser weapons.
A bit like paintball, but without the pain of actually being shot at!
Laser Quest is Glasgow’s largest multi-level laser tag arena. The Laser Quest Labyrinth has mazes, fog, catwalks, lights and music.
Check-in at mission control when you arrive, choose a game name and enter the airlock where you’ll be given your objectives and safety briefing. You’ll then enter the arena for 20 minutes of laser action. You’ll receive your personal scorecard at the end of the game.
Laser Tag is completely safe, and anyone over 7 can play. Pizza party packages are available, as are exclusive games if you’re bringing a large group and want the arena to yourselves, or you can just book a single game for 1 or more.
The Cineworld IMAX at the Glasgow Science Centre is the largest cinema screen in Scotland.
If you want the biggest cinema experience available, using the best technology to really experience the latest blockbusters as they ought to be seen, IMAX is for you.
The cinema shows a range of IMAX films, including the latest Hollywood blockbusters, as well as beautiful educational and natural history films that really take advantage of the IMAX format to immerse you in breathtaking environments.
See the website to see what’s on, and get details of upcoming releases.
Please note, the Cineworld IMAX is currently closed, but there are three other Cineworld cinemas in Glasgow to enjoy while you're waiting for the IMAX to re-open.
The Craft Pottery
If you’re looking for some creative fun, then why not pop along to The Craft Pottery.
The Craft Pottery is an independent studio in central Glasgow where you can paint your own unique work of art onto a ceramic pottery blank such as a cup, mug or plate.
There are stencils and idea boards available - and helpful staff will keep you right. Make something for yourself, or customise a piece as a unique gift.
Once you’re happy with your artwork, leave it to be glazed and fired, and pick up the finished piece about a week later, when it’ll be food, microwave and even dishwasher safe.
You can also book private pottery throwing classes so that you can learn how to make the pottery as well as paint it.
The Craft Pottery caters for all ages, and party packages are also available.
You can even “Bring Your Own Bottle” for a night out with friends that’s something different, creative and fun.
Hollywood Bowl Glasgow
Whether you’re going with the kids for some family fun, or as a night out with friends, Ten Pin Bowling is always a fun activity.
At Hollywood Bowl in Springfield Quay, they have 23 state of the art bowling lanes, a family-friendly atmosphere. You can even wear your own (flat) shoes.
As well as the bowling there’s a Costa Coffee, pool table, a bar, amusements including racing games and Pacman Smash air hockey, big screen sports and more.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s plenty of food available at Harry’s Kitchen including lite bites, burgers and pasta. Kids parties are also catered for.
Sir Chris Hoy Glasgow Velodrome
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride a bike on a proper banked velodrome
- like TeamGB do in the Olympics?
Or fancied trying out a proper track bike with no gears, no freewheel, and no brakes?
Well at the Sir Chris Hoy Glasgow Velodrome - the home of Scottish Cycling - you can have a go!
Start off with a Family Session - designed for novice riders, these 45-minute coach-led sessions give you an introduction to cycling on the track. They’re very reasonably priced and include hire of a track bike, helmet and cleats. Minimum age 8, and party must include someone under 16.
For those wanting to go further, there’s an Introduction to Track Cycling 1 hour lesson - which is the first stage in a 4 stage accreditation process that gives you all the skills needed to take part in open sessions, train and race at the velodrome.
If you’re looking to try something new, that’s both fun and healthy - give track cycling a try.
Glasgow’s very own roller skating rink holds roller discos suitable for ages 4+ and has adults only (16+) events too.
With disco lights and music, and a range of themed events like 80s Pop Rollerdisco, Boy Bands v Girl Groups, it’s non-stop fun on wheels.
You can hire skates when you’re there - or bring your own. Inline skates are ok too, and you can hire protective equipment for free.
Skating lessons are available for both adults and children (beginners and more advanced) - so you can book a lesson and sharpen up your skills before you hit the dance floor.
Ryze Glasgow is a trampoline park with a huge area with more than 30 inter-connected trampolines to enjoy.
There are other facilities too, such as foam pits so you can practice your tricks in safety, Extreme Dodgeball, SuperSlam basketball hoops and lots more.
Can you sit on top of the suspended Wrecking Ball?
You can book a fun Birthday Party Experience, and there’s a cafe serving coffee and snacks, and great music too.
Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre
Located within Bellahouston Park, the Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre has four floodlit dry slopes so you can learn and practice skiing and snowboarding throughout the year.
If you’re not taking part, there’s a cafe bar and viewing areas, so you can watch all the action in comfort. The cafe-bar serves tea, coffee or wine as well as a range of soft drinks and snacks.
Lessons are available for complete beginners to skiing or snowboarding, as well as for more advanced skiers looking to improve their skills.
Beginners can use the “magic carpet” uplifts while the more advanced slopes have a poma tow.
For something a bit different, why not try the thrilling experience of tubing - and slide down the slopes in a large inflatable “doughnut”. No skill or practice is required - and it’s still brilliant fun.
Both tubing and snow-sports parties can be booked at the centre, for an exciting occasion everyone will remember.
All necessary equipment is available for hire.
Spinal Chord Circus Workshop
If you want to do something a bit unusual, something challenging, and have a huge amount of fun at the same time, then Spinal Chord Circus Workshops could be for you. Classes and activities include:
Eezee Trapezee - A beginners class for adults wanting to learn trapeze. No strength or flexibility is needed as you’ll gain these as you learn. Improve your coordination and fitness in the most fun way imaginable.
Bodyshop - A class to help you get strong and flexible.
Cirque du Bebe - A class for babies, toddlers and post-pregnancy mums.
Circus Blast - A three-hour session of circus skills for groups of over 16s (under 75kg). Swing, spin and fly through the air upside-down. You’ll have a chance to try static trapeze, swinging trapeze, aerial silks, aerial hoop and doubles trapeze.
If you want to run away and join the circus - why not give Spinal Chord Circus Workshop a try first!
Wee Food Tour
Looking for fun things to do in Glasgow city centre? Well, Glasgow’s a wonderful city for food lovers - there’s a huge selection of great places to eat, but you need to know where to look.
Luckily Glasgow-based American Madeline Millar has made it her mission to find the best traditional Scottish food in Glasgow, and she now shares her discoveries with visitors from around the world with the Wee Food Tour.
On the tour you’ll walk through Glasgow, visiting six restaurants, independent speciality shops and businesses that are as passionate about great food as you are. You’ll be able to sample more than 20 different items on the tour.
The Wee Food Tour donate £5 from each ticket sold to the local food bank - so you don’t have to feel guilty about having a full stomach at the end of your tour.
Tours are available every day except Sundays, and start at 11am from the city centre, cover 1.5 miles, and last about 4 hours.
Spirit of Glasgow Murder Mystery
One of the many fun activities in Glasgow for adults - that’s also something a bit different, is a murder mystery dinner with Spirit of Glasgow Murder Mystery. There are lots of options to choose from, including:
Death by Chocolate - You’re invited to a Victorian dinner - but everything’s not quite as it seems - there’s going to be a murder. Can you find out who the murderer is?
What the Dickens - Visit Charles Dickens at his country home in Kent - but watch out, there’s murder in the air and someone will solve it - will it be you?
The Tea Time Murder - It’s 1903 in Glasgow, and Kate Cranston, successful tearoom owner is having a meeting with Charles Rennie Mackintosh and others - but once again there’s a murder requiring someone very clever to solve it.
Dramble Tours - Whisky Walking Tour
Here's one of the best fun things to do in Glasgow for adults: Combining a fascinating historical walking tour of Glasgow, with drinking whisky. Sounds like the perfect combination!
Setting off from the city centre, on this five-hour tour, you’ll see all the best architecture, hear lots of great stories from Glasgow’s past, and find out more about the history of the great city, once called the Second City of the British Empire.
Your guide will also tell you lots of fascinating facts and stories about whiskey - you’ll hear stories from its past, find out how it’s made, why one whisky is different to another, and even how to drink it to get the best from the smell and flavour.
Your tour will cover about 3 miles, 6 bars with a Dram of a different single malt whisky in each one, and will last a full afternoon.
The Stand Comedy Club
Good stand-up comedy is always a great night out - and where better to go than The Stand Comedy Club?
With a great range of excellent stand-up comedians, including well-known names, and rising stars, there’s plenty of great comedy to choose from.
The Stand often has Kids Comedy Club events in the afternoons.
And there is stand-up for adults in the evening.
There’s a selection of hot toasted sandwiches available at evening shows, and of course, there’s a bar too.
Glasgow Climbing Centre
Situated in a converted church near Ibrox Stadium, the Glasgow Climbing Centre is a great place to go if you enjoy climbing - or if you’re curious about the sport and want to give it a try.
They have a range of climbing facilities, including lead, top rope and bouldering. There are also some auto belays.
If you’re over 16 and haven’t climbed before, book an Introduction to Climbing course. Two three hour sessions with an experienced instructor is enough to teach you the basics and get you up to membership standard so that you can climb without an instructor present.
For kids, there’s a range of Taster Sessions, Day Camp, Holiday Programmes and Family Sessions so that they can try this exciting and challenging sport and see if it’s the one for them.
If you really like to challenge yourself, there are regular abseil events where you can abseil from a great height in aid of charity, or just for fun.
Venues have included the Titan Crane, the Falkirk Wheel and even the Forth Rail Bridge.
Highland Fling Titan Crane Bungee Jump
On the subject of the Titan Crane - have you ever thought it might be fun to do a bungee jump from it?
If that sounds like a good idea - then Highland Fling Bungee can help - because they have a permanent bungee jump facility at the Titan Crane, with jump dates available at various weekends from May to September.
At a height of 164 feet, jumpers will be airborne for a few seconds and reach more than 50mph before the bungee cord catches them.
With the latest safety equipment and led by experienced bungee jump masters, you’ll be perfectly safe - but it may not feel like it!
We’ve picked 16 of the best ideas for fun things to do in Glasgow - but of course, there are loads more that we’ve left out. Glasgow is such a fun and vibrant place, with great attractions, facilities and nightlife, you’re sure to have a great time.
If you’re visiting Glasgow, check out our other articles on this great city before you go: