Standing tall at 127m (417 ft), Glasgow Tower is a must-visit when you're in Glasgow, for both locals and visitors alike. Located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Scotland, Glasgow Tower holds a Guinness World Record, for being the tallest tower in the whole world able to rotate a complete circle, or 360°. Isn't that impressive?
Glasgow Tower is actually part of the Glasgow Science Centre complex, with admission to the tower through the main building of the science centre, at the very back. This is also where tickets are purchased. Although online booking is as yet not available (their website says they are still working on this), you can call ahead of time and book your visit, but this is not necessary. It may, however, be worth calling ahead to check if the tower is open to the public on a particular day, as the Tower will close during periods of winds of 25mph or higher, for health and safety reasons.
At 155cm, I look even smaller next to Glasgow Tower.
The admission price includes the services of a guide who will share information about the tower with you in a very engaging manner, including the history (Glasgow Tower was closed for 80% of its life), the foundations of the building, and the emergency staircase; a 523 step spiral stair case in the unlikely case of an emergency. Luckily I didn't have to walk down all those steps on my visit. The guide will go up to the top with you, where you will be greeted with unparalleled panoramic views of the city of Glasgow.
The guide will be there to answer any questions that you may have, otherwise, there are multiple iPads available for patrons to use. The iPads have information on the structures that you can see from Glasgow Tower.
Still taking photos, and ignoring the informative device in front of me.
Take your time at the top, because there is no time limit. Feel free to stay as long as you like. Once you've had your fill of the view, make your way back down (hopefully via the elevator) to get your certificate, which is included in your admission price. As a side note, your admission price also includes a gift aid donation, which means that a percentage is donated to Glasgow Science Centre. This makes your visit even more meaningful, because "Glasgow Science Centre isn't just a fun, social place to visit; it's an educational resource which provides curriculum aligned learning experiences to more than 100,000 Scottish school children every year".
Me with my certificate, against a photograph of the view I just came down from.
I had the most amazing time up at Glasgow Tower. Lucky for me, I was blessed with great weather. Similar to when I went to Liverpool just for the observation deck (Liverpool Radio City Tower) there, my visit to Glasgow was for the sole reason of going up the Glasgow Tower on my very last day in the UK. It was well worth the drive. If I had to quantify my visit on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 10 out of 10 without hesitation.