If you’re like most Glaswegians you’ve probably been to the Science Centre, taken a trip back in time at the Transport Museum and sampled a pint or two at the WEST Brewery.
But what about those lesser known activities that the great and varied city of Glasgow has to offer?
Well, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best hidden gem activities that you can experience in Glasgow.
Go on, try something different…
1. Have a BBQ gaming night
With the opening of the Doghouse, Scottish craft brewing legends Brewdog really stepped it up. Not only does this new bar have a mind-boggling selection of beers to choose from, but the added option of playing one of their numerous board games that are lying around whilst tucking into some serious pit-style BBQ is surely one of the best foodie secrets the city has to offer.
99 Hutcheson St, Glasgow, G1 1SN
2. Prove you’re a film buff at the GFT
If you're not too terrified, the Halloween movie quiz is in the GFT upstairs bar from 8.30pm on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/W5H9AluKtT
— Paul Greenwood (@PaulEGreenwood) October 25, 2015
Can you pick out a quote from the Godfather a mile off and name the Marx brothers in alphabetical order? Then the excellent film quiz night at the GFT might just be the night out for you. Hosted by one of Scotland’s most esteemed film critics Paul Greenwood, the monthly quiz night is a chance to kick back, have a few drinks and prove to your mates how much you know about cinema – without having to talk all the way through a film.
12 Rose St, Glasgow, G3 6RB, glasgowfilm.org
3. Visit Viking treasures
— Photo Walk Scotland (@PhotoWalkScot) September 4, 2015
The Govan Stones should be one of Glasgow’s most treasured collection of artifacts, but until recently they have mostly flown under the radar of both tourists and locals alike. Anyone who takes the time out to see these Viking treasures will however, be treated to one of the most ethereal and unique experiences you can have without having to pay an entrance fee.
866 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 3UU, thegovanstones.org.uk/visiting.html
4. Escape a mysterious room
The Escape rooms challenge has went down a storm in Edinburgh, and now you can test your problem-solving ability without having to leave the city of Glasgow. Combining problem solving with team building exercises, Escape offers a fun, challenging and memorable day out whether you’re with friends, family or work colleagues.
6ha, Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington St, Glasgow, G2 6HJ, escape-glasgow.co.uk
5. Have a drunken game of table-tennis
Whoever the genius behind Proud Mary’s idea of introducing table-tennis to a bar setting is, one thing’s for sure – they deserve some sort of medal in drunken innovation. At this quirky Glasgow bar you can book a table-tennis slot for an hour and have a few drinks while you attempt to work on your back-swing and top-spin serve. As much as we can’t guarantee this will improve your game – we can say that it sure is a lot of fun!
25 Queen St, Glasgow G1, proudmaryglasgow.co.uk
6. Experience Ancient Egyptian art in the South-Side
When you’re talking about art collections in Glasgow, you’ll often hear about Kelvingrove, GOMA and The Hunterian, but no collection is quite so wonderful and varied as that of the south-side’s Burrell Collection. Playing home to art from ancient Egypt, China and the Middle-East – this hidden gem of Glasgow is a culture-seekers dream day out.
Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, G43 1AT, more info
7. Visit the magical world of the Kinetic Theatre
A real hidden gem in #Glasgow: The #SharmankaKineticTheatre, a lovely lab where a russian artist/genius created many many robots/sculptures made of old stuff like sewing machines etc. When the machines start to move, the "kinetic" experience starts and it's really moving. Every sculpure has its own story and it's dedicated to a different person that the artist met during his life. Don't miss it, if you get the chance to go to Glasgow ☺️💛
The Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre gives one of those pure, pleasurable days out which brings you back to the joys of your childhood. Set to some magical and haunting music, this sculpture theater of lights and movement beguiles anyone who steps into this Russian made wonderland. It’s not hard to get a sense of real craft and love at play here, as you make your way past the beautifully mysterious moving objects.
103 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD, sharmanka.com/Home/Welcome.html
8. Catch a pro Basketball game
Basketball isn’t generally a sport you would associate with Glasgow. The city is one dedicated to football, and there’s not much that can be done about that. But if you want a great day out, and some high paced sporting action, then you can’t do any better than taking a trip to Dalmarnock to see the Glasgow Rocks play in a British Basketball League game, where they are consistently one of the better professional teams in the division.
Emirates Arena, 1000 London Road, Glasgow, G40 3HG, glasgowrocks.co.uk
9. Take a craft beer tour
The craft beer scene in Glasgow is at near fever pitch, and as summer draws near there’s only one place to be seen at – The Drygate Brewery. And if you plan ahead and go on a Sunday, you’d be foolish not to take the tour of the brewery, where their team of master brewers take you on an intimate tour, the likes of which is far more rewarding than strolling around some of the bigger, mainstream breweries located nearby.
85 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT, drygate.com
10. Powerboat down the Clyde
And finally, for the adventurous among you – why not try power-boating down the Clyde? And if you don’t know what power-boating is, you soon will when the Clyde-side winds slap your chops around as you speed down its river, taking in a view of Glasgow that you rarely get to see. It probably goes without saying, but you’d be best to do it on a sunny day.
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