(£1.75); family ticket £8. This attraction, situated on the River Clyde, brings to life the story of Glasgow’s development from the tobacco lords in the 1700s right up to the let century. You can take control of a real steam engine or learn to make a fortune as an ocean trader, and kids will enjoy the maritime playpark.
Victoria Park, 287 2000. Mon—Sun noon—5pm. Free. Glasgow’s oldest tourist attraction, designated as a site of special scientiﬁc interest by Scottish Natural Heritage, provides interpretative displays and the opportunity to examine geological specimens dating from 350 million years ago.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
730 Great Western Road, 334 2422. Mon—Sun 11am—4pm. Free. This 19th century garden and glasshouses are home to an interesting and educational selection of plants, as well as featuring in the ﬁlm Jude. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art Listings page 81.
Cathedral Street, 552 8198. Mon—Fri 9.30am—1pm & 2—6pm; Sun 2—5pm. Free. A stone-built church has stood on this site since 1136 and the lower church contains the shrine of St Mungo, who died in 1603; however most of the present building dates from the 13th or 15th centuries. the most notable exception being the stained-glass windows, renowned as one of the ﬁnest post-war collections in the country. Sunday services take place at 11am and 6.30pm and there are daily prayers at noon. Oh, and the necropolis is well worth a wander round as well.
Calderpark, Uddingston, 771 1185. Daily 9.30am—5pm (last admission 3.30pm). £4.60 (£2.70). A popular haunt on school trips, Glasgow Zoopark boasts a varied collection of animals, from lions to guinea pigs, as well as a well-stocked reptile house. There is also a full programme of interactive events. such as snake-handling and birds of prey flying displays, plus Children‘s Farm. amusements and an orienteering course.
Flenders Road, Clarkston, 63‘) 3281. Daily 10am—5pm. £3 (£2). This walled garden, tucked away in the Glasgow suburbs, contains a wealth of interesting plants and ﬂowers as well as woodland walks, a glasshouse and water displays. The gardens house, an 18th century tobacco merchant's home. is open for viewing on Sun afternoons, subject to function bookings.
61—63 Netherlee Road, Cathcart. 63',7 212‘). Daily 1.30—5.30pm. £3.20 (£2.20). Designed by the famed 19th century architect, Alexander ‘Greek‘ Thomson. this house is an excellent example of his classical style. Investigation is also underway to recover the original interior decoration. again based on classical themes.
House For An Art Lover
Bellahouston Park. 10Dumbreck Road, 353 4773. £3.50 (£2.50). initially designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a competition in 1901. this unfinished work has been completed by modern-day architects and designers in true Mackintosh style.
For opening times. call info line on 0141 353 444‘). Art Lover's cafe and shop open 10am—5pm daily. For details of temporary exhibitions. see Glasgow Art Listings page 81.
Hunterian Museum University Avenue, 330 4221. Mon—Sat
9.30am—5pm. Free. Dating from 1807,
= the Hunterian is Scotland’s oldest public
museum — it lost its artworks in 1980 with the opening of the purpose-built art gallery in the grounds, but it is still home to a collection of the university’s treasures.
Mugdock Country Park
Craigallan Road, Milngavie, 956 6100. Free. This country park on the north east side of the city has a full programme of ranger activities as well as numerous woodland paths and walkways. The
visitor centre is open 9am—5pm every day
of the year. Call for more details on the opening times of the gift shop and crafts unit. or for a full itinerary of countryside events.
Museum Of Transport
Kelvin Hall, 1 Burnhouse Road, 287 2720. Mon—Thu & Sat l0am-5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Free. A museum crammed with buses, trams, ﬁre engines, ships and other paraphernalia. devoted to the history of transport. Permanent exhibitions include Shipbuilding On The River Clyde. a large mural by David McFarlane: ll’ulking Drum, an interactive sculpture by Stephen llealy; and lietims ()f Transport by Justin Carter. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art Listings page 81.
People's Palace & Winter Garden Glasgow Green, 554 0223. Mon—Thu & Sat l0am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Glasgow’s best-loved institution has recently undergone a major facelift to celebrate its centenary year. The new displays are set out thematically with subjects including The ’atter. lisr'ons Of The City and Crime And Punishment. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art Listings page 81.
Pollok Country Park. 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 616 6410. Mon—Sun 10am—5pm. £3.20 (£2.20); family ticket £8.60. One of the most elegant 18th century buildings in the country. this historic house features some of the ﬁnest Spanish paintings in Britain from the collection of Sir William Stirling Maxwell. Springburn Museum Atlas Square. Ayr Street. 557 1405. Tue—Fri 10.30am—5pm; Sat mam-4.30pm. Free. By use of photographs and artefacts, arts and crafts, the museum brings to life the social and industrial history of the north of Glasgow illustrated by two permanent exhibitions .lluu’e In The North and Spring/mm Park. Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow.
St Mungo Museum of Religious Life And Art
2 Castle Street. 553 2557. Mon—Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri tx Sun 11am—5pm. Free. A museum of world faiths, featuring a Zen garden. priceless art works from the world's six major religions. Dali‘s ('hrr'st ()fSuintJo/tn ()f The Cross and the story of religion in Scotland through words and pictures. For
, details of temporary exhibitions, see
Glasgow Art Listings page 81.
100 Stobcross Road. 33‘) 0631. Daily 10am—5pm. £3.50 (£2.95); family tickets £6.95—£‘).‘)5. Find out about Glasgow's maritime heritage onboard the S.\'. Glenlee. the only Clyde-built sailing ship still afloat in the UK. Visitors can explore the boat or talk to the crew, and there's a range of children's activities. On-shore, there is a restaurant in the restored Pumphouse as well as a permanent
exhibition space. Special offer available
until further notice — a child goes free with a paying adult or concession in a family group. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art Listings page 81.
Edinburgh International Science Festival Events
Continuing our look at the Edinburgh lntemational Science Festival, packed to the brim with talks, walks, workshops and ﬁlms, featured below are a selection of highlights. Tickets are available by calling 0131 473 2070, or for a brochure detailing the full range of events call 09067 303001 (calls charged at £1 per minute to cover p& 3).
The Creation Of T e Universe Thu 13 Apr, 6.30pm. £4 (£2.50). George Square Theatre. University Of Edinburgh, George Square, 473 2070. Get up to date on the current theories of the origins of our world at this lecture.
The World of Micro-Robots Thu 13 Apr, 5.45—6.45pm. £4 (£2.50). Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 473 2070. Tiny submarines which deliver drugs inside the body are just one fascinating example of the world of micro-robots. Find out more at this lecture.
Cafe Scientifique Thu 13 Apr. 7—9pm. Free. lnstitut Francais d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, 473 2070. Risk is the title of this informal discussion, nothing to do with the board game — more looking at issues of chance, costs and consequences.
Democratic Decisions on GM Food Fri 14 Apr, 2.30—5pm. £4 (£2.50). Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 473 2070. ‘Frankenstein foods’ is just one of the evocative titles the media have used to describe GM crops, so if you want to cut through the hype and discuss the pros and cons in a rational manner, why not attend this talk.
Royal Observatory Open Days Fri l4—Sat 15 Apr. Fri 6—9pm: Sat 2—6pm. Free. Royal Observatory Visitor Centre. Blackford 100,668 8405. Get behind the scenes at Edinburgh‘s Observatory and ﬁnd out all about the research which goes on there, with interactive exhibits, demonstrations and talks.
Chocology: the Science of Chocolate Sat 15 Apr. 2—5pm. £5. (£3). David llume Tower, George Square, 473 2070. For many it‘s better than sex, but just why exactly does chocolate taste so good? Find out the science behind the calories and sample a selection of chocs from around the world.
The SMART Car: a different colour for each day of the week? Sat 15 Apr. 8—9pm. £4 (£2.50). Royal Museum. 2
Chambers Street, 473 2070. Learn all about the SMART car, a new type of vehicle which could be ﬁlling our roads in the future. See photo caption. Flowers By Night Sat 15 Apr, 8.30pm. £4 (£3). Royal Botanic Garden, lnverleith Row, 473 2070. Take a torchlit tour of the Garden to seek out plants which flower by moonlight.
Ethnic Foods: Foods Of The Future Sun 16 Apr, 2.30—5pm. £3 (£2). St George’s West Church, 58 Shandwick Place. 473 2070. Talks and demonstrations exploring the wide range of ethnic foods which have become everyday features of the British diet. Coffee, rice and sweet potatoes are just some of the items going under the microscope.
Volcanoes, Meteorites and Megadeath Sttn 16 Apr, 6.30~-7.30pm. £4 (£2.50). David Hume Tower. George Square, 473 2070. Absolutely nothing to do with heavy metal and everything to do with volcanic eruptions, this lecture looks at the potential for mass extinction if an internal convulsion proved too mighty. Vaccination Is For Life Mon 17 Apr. 6.45—9pm. £4 (£2.50). Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street. 473 2070. A variety of speakers take a look at the history and future of vaccination programmes. From potential asthma treatments to that age- old trouble-maker, influenza, ﬁnd out what rogress is being made in this ﬁeld. Has tiie Day of the Triffids Arrived? Mon 17Apr, 7—9pm. £4 (£3). Royal Botanic Garden. lnverleith Row, 473 2070. Nationalism extends to the world ofbotany in this examination of the effects of foreign plants invading Britain. Mobile Phone Technolo y — Communication Beyon 2000 Tue 18 Apr. 7—8.30pm. £4 (£2.50). Royal Society of l-idinburgh, 22—26 George Street, 473 2070. If you thought mobile phones were invented just to irritate the pants offyou with their constant ringing on public transport and users shouting loudly. then think again. Future plans and current projects see mobiles being trsed for email. video and internet access. Order, Chaos and Creativity in Plant Evolution Tue 18 Apr. 7pm. £2. Edinburgh Zoo, (.‘orstorphine Road, 314 0311. Professor Brian Goodwin gives a talk as part of the Science Festival.
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Soon you'll be able to change your car's casing as easily as you change
the colour of your mobile p
one, if new city car, the SMART car takes off,
that is. This vehicle is made of new plastics which not only resist rust and the ravages of the weather but also withstand knocks and scrapes. Just think, you could even change its colour to match your outfit.
The SMART Car, Sat 15 Apr, 8—9pm. Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street,
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