Indoor things to do in Glasgow

Shopping

From Buchannan Galleries to St Enoch’s Centre you can shop ‘til you drop in Glasgow. It’s one of the largest and best retail centres in the UK outside of London. Both centres are within a 15-minute walk of Apex City of Glasgow Hotel so you won’t have far to carry your bags. From big brand children’s stores like Hamley’s to top fashion brands like Fred Perry, there’s something for everyone in Glasgow.

Snow Factor at INTU Braehead

Snow Factor is Scotland’s only indoor real snow slope, the perfect place to spend the day if the weather isn’t on your side. Take the number 26 bus from Bath Lane out to Braehead which takes about 50 minutes. Snow Factor is in the INTU building next to the shopping centre at Braehead.

Spend the morning learning to snowboard, ski or climb the indoor ice wall with lessons. If you’re experienced just hire some equipment and buy a pass before hitting the slope. Make sure to check the timetable for times when the slope is reserved for racing. Afterwards, retreat to the Baltic Ice Bar, Scotland’s only ice bar serving up ice cold drinks and cocktails in sub-zero conditions.

Celebrate the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Born in Glasgow in 1868, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a leading architect, designer and artist who left a legacy of stunning work which still holds great influence in the city today. His work is celebrated all over the world but here in Glasgow, there are great places to discover his talents.

The Glasgow School of Art is open to visitors and includes dynamic tours like the new ‘Window on Mackintosh’ visitor centre. Spend the morning discovering the work before heading to the Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street. The tea room was initially designed by Mackintosh himself in 1903 and although it has since been redesigned, it still reflects his contrasting style. Choose from a tasty afternoon tea including sandwiches, shortbread and cakes. If you’ve got time, visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which is home to the Mackintosh and Glasgow Style Gallery.

Science Centre

A must see visitor attraction for kids and adults alike, Glasgow Science Centre sits on the Southbank of the River Clyde next to The SSE Hydro. You’ll discover new concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve learnt lots of new things. The interactive exhibits will fill your day, don’t forget to leave time for the Planetarium shows too.

Events at The SSE Hydro

The SSE Hydro plays host to national and international music, entertainment and sporting events throughout the year. Check the calendar for up to date events but previous performances have included Take That, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and events from the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Conveniently located close to Apex City of Glasgow Hotel, The SSE Hydro makes the perfect night out. Start your night in The Lounge with pre-show cocktails and get the train back into the city afterwards to continue your celebrations.