Top 10 Best Alternative Things To Do In Glasgow
Glasgow is famous for great live music venues, acclaimed museums and lively nightlife. There are loads of fun things to do in Glasgow, but if you’re looking for something a little different to do in Scotland’s biggest city, we’ve got you covered!
Read on to discover our ten favourite alternative things to do on a day out in Glasgow, from street art to trampolining and from vintage arcade games to VR experiences.
1. Take a mural walk of the city
There’s plenty of cool underground art to see in Glasgow, from independent galleries to the streets. This self-guided tour takes you to see some of the best street art in Glasgow. These large murals brighten up the city centre streets and showcase the awesome talents of local artists.
Among other things, the murals along this walk pay tribute to beloved locals like Rennie Mackintosh, Billy Connolly and St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint. The walk takes you across Glasgow city centre, from the University of Strathclyde, through Merchant City and along the Clyde. It ends a stone’s throw from a number of great bars like King Tut’s and The Butterfly & The Pig, so get yourself a drink to congratulate yourself for finishing your walk.
2. Get your kicks at Ryze Glasgow Indoor Trampoline Park
Have the experience of a lifetime at Ryze Glasgow! Here, you can learn cool trampoline tricks, play Xtreme Dodgeball, defy gravity with aerial silks and much, much more. A visit to Ryze will let you try new things and get you moving, making you happier and healthier. You won’t believe all the amazing tricks you can learn with just one visit!
The fun equipment at Ryze Glasgow includes a variety of trampolines as well as foam pits, an air mat for gymnastics, Walk the Wall, just to name a few things. And after you’ve worked up a sweat, you can kick back and refuel with delicious coffees, sandwiches and cakes at the cafe.
Located in Kinning Park, Ryze Glasgow is just a five-minute walk from the nearest subway station. Built inside a listed 18-century building with fabulous architectural details and cool wall art, it’s the boldest trampoline park in Glasgow and a great destination for an alternative day out. Find out more about all the activities available at Ryze here. You can book your place in advance or simply turn up and bounce!
3. Play vintage arcade games at Super Bario
Take your night out to the next level at the Super Bario arcade bar. Here, you can get a dose of nostalgia by playing some retro arcade and pinball games like Super Mario and Pac-Man while enjoying a pint. As for refreshments, choose from a wide range of great craft beers, locally sourced coffee and American sodas at reasonable prices.
Super Bario is a truly one-of-a-kind venue and a great chance to challenge your mates to a fun video game tournament or impress your Tinder date with your gaming skills!
4. Reach new heights at the Glasgow Climbing Centre
Try rock climbing, bouldering and abseiling at the Glasgow Climbing Centre for a unique day out. Whether you’ve never done climbing before or are a seasoned pro, you’ll find plenty of interesting courses at this climbing arena.
Come boost your climbing skills and enjoy some refreshments at the centre’s award-winning cafe. You can even book the venue for birthday parties and other events if you want to wow your friends or colleagues. If you’ve never climbed before, it’s recommended to book an introductory course.
5. Visit the iMotoX electric motorbike arena
With an awesome selection of electric motorbikes, an adrenaline rush is guaranteed at iMotoX. As there are no clutch or gears, these bikes offer all of the thrills of motocross without the noise and noxious fumes of petrol bikes.
This indoor centre offers rides for both adults and kids over 5. There are three tracks to choose from: one for kids, one for learners and one for more experienced riders, complete with jumps and berms. Advance booking is required.
6. Take a tour of the Clydeside Distillery
The Clydeside Distillery produces delicious single malt drams and is the first operational single malt distillery in Glasgow for over 100 years, making it a must-visit for all whisky lovers. You can visit the distillery for a guided tour where you’ll learn about how whisky is made as well as the history of the distillery building at Queen’s Dock, which was once a busy port exporting whisky to far-off lands.
You can also sample some of the distillery’s signature tipples, expertly paired with artisan chocolates, and buy some special gifts and treats to take home with you. Tours must be booked in advance.
7. Try virtual racing at VR Simulators
If real-life motocross feels so done, get your kicks with some virtual racing at VR Simulators, just a short distance from the iconic Barrowland Ballroom. With VR goggles and motion seating, you’ll feel like you’re really racing on some of the best cars in the world. The venue even uses wind-generating software to make the experience as realistic as possible.
Racing is available for groups of up to 26 people and the venue is understandably a very popular spot for stag dos and similar events. Advance booking is recommended.
8. Visit the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
Great for both kids and adults, this weird and wonderful attraction consists of mechanised sculptures that move and tell both funny and tragic stories. The theatre is a project by Russian artists Eduard Bersudsky, Tatyana Jakovskaya and Sergey Jakovsky and has called Merchant City its home since 1996.
Constructed of scrap metal, the Sharmanka sculptures come alive with light and music, enchanting kids and adults alike. Sharmanka is one of the city’s most unique attractions and a bit of a hidden gem - perfect for those who think they’ve seen everything there is to see in Glasgow! Advance booking is necessary due to limited space.
9. Go axe hurling
This fun activity will have you throwing axes at a bull’s eye from a few metres’ distance - sounds a bit strange, but it’s a whole lot of fun! Axe throwing is a craze sweeping over Europe and Northern America and Axe Hurling Glasgow is the first venue dedicated to this alternative sport in Scotland.
Expert staff will teach you tips and tricks and make sure everything is safe and enjoyable during your visit. Your session will last approximately 90 minutes and booking in advance is strongly recommended. This activity is suitable for over 18’s only.
10. Get immersed in a virtual world at Immotion VR
If virtual racing at VR Simulators just wasn’t enough, try even more VR experiences at Immotion VR. You can choose from a number of games and cinematic experiences in categories like Adventure, Thrill Ride, Horror and Arcade. Whether you’re after exciting action gameplay, strategy puzzles or some educational fun to share with the kids, Immotion VR has a virtual experience for you.
You can book a variety of passes online before your visit and choose your specific experiences on the day. Immotion VR is suitable for all ages over 8.