What are Escape Rooms?

If you’re wondering what all the talk is about when it comes to escape rooms and you’re eager to know more, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s post is all about what escape rooms are, and why you should be adding them to your list of things to do and places to visit. If you enjoy challenging games with problem-solving as a running theme, puzzles, clues and playing against time, and perhaps even, you’ve played these types of games at home in the form of board games, then you’re going to love this.

What to expect.

Escape Rooms are moderately sized rooms accommodating between two to six players that are usually furnished with props and furnishings that come with a theme. There will be clues and puzzles hidden within the room which you will need to search high and low for. These clues will be carefully hidden from the top to the bottom of the room, and you will need a team with problem solving skills, who can think analytically, think on their feet and who are all great communicators. Without these skills you will really find it hard to escape in time. Oh, and you have around 60 minutes to crack all the clues and puzzles and unlock the room.

Can’t get out within the hour?

Don’t worry about not being out of the room in time, it’s okay to fail because a lot of our customers do, and they just come back and try again. We’re always encouraging our customers to come back, even if they do get out in time, because it’s all about the fun, excitement and intrigue this game inspires that makes you want to come back and try again. 

Themes.

As we mentioned the rooms are themed, and each one will be an idea from popular culture which has gained traction over the years. It could be something to do with science fiction, Harry Potter, contagion, horror, magic and many other topics. All the themed rooms will be authentically filled with all the furnishings that make it look very much like you’re on a film set. It’s created that way, so you get the most authentic experience possible.

Escape Glasgow – for an escape from reality with a kick.

Now you have a better understanding of what escape rooms are, you may be eager to try one yourself. We can certainly recommend them because they’re so much fun. You can bring your friends, family, you can be a group of students, and we even have corporate teams here because the escape rooms are so good for team building. Give us a call or book online to get your room booked exclusively for your use, for that special hour with friends and have the time of your life. Are you ready to escape? 

Why are Escape Rooms So Popular?

If you’re wondering what it’s all about then come on down to Escape Games Glasgow and you’ll begin to see why we’re so popular. However, we’re more than happy to talk to you about our games popularity today, that way you’ll see why it’s such a great idea to book a room yourself. 

Escape rooms are a whole new world in gaming

Instead of being stuck behind your desk with a computer or tablet endlessly pressing buttons, you’re in a room with real people, thinking, working out clues and communicating with your team. You’ll have 60 minutes in which to escape, and while you’re locked in there you’ll have to find a series of clues and then work them all out – in the allotted time of one hour. Will you?

Corporate Teams Love It!

The reason we see a lot of them if is because they like to use to the game as a vehicle to test for strengths and weaknesses and improve on problem-solving and communication skills. If you’ve got a project that’s about to begin, you might want to test the best candidates, see who’s the best potential leader and who’s the weakest. We can provide the right setting with our games and allow you to see who’s the best players, not just in the escape rooms, but for your project. 

Celebrate and jubilate.

People often use the escape room as a means of celebrating important events such as anniversaries, birthdays, hen and stag do’s, and students also use them to bond with fellow students they may be sharing a house or halls of residence with. They may have met before but haven’t had chance to break the ice yet.

Escape Rooms Glasgow – for the best way to celebrate an important event with our escape room games.

Are you now ready to visit us here at Escape Glasgow? Now you realise why we’re so popular why not book a room and test the whole thing out yourself? We don’t think you’ll regret it. It’s great fun, and if you don’t manage to escape within the 60 minutes, you can always book another room and come back again! We often have people coming back a second, third or fourth time because our rooms are so much fun! Yes, they really are that popular – why not find out for yourself?

Escape From Your Studies

If you’re a student you’re used to working hard and playing hard, while at the same time aware of how important those grades are. You’ll work in your room and the library on your essays, and at times you might think that this is all there is to university life. Studying or drinking, visiting the pub, the club. Yes all these are fun, but the novelty soon wears off and if you’re looking for a form of escapism and getting away from the cycle of study, drink, study sleep, then why not come down to Escape Glasgow and escape altogether from your studies?

Escape rooms are a whole new world in gaming

Instead of being stuck behind your desk with a computer or tablet endlessly pressing buttons, you’re in a room with real people, thinking, working out clues and communicating with your team. You’ll have 60 minutes in which to escape, and while you’re locked in there you’ll have to find a series of clues and then work them all out – in the allotted time of one hour. Will you?

There may be new students who are struggling, and eager to make new friends.

Perhaps you’re the one that’s feeling a little lonely, if you are then an escape room challenge is the perfect way to break the ice and make new friends. Bond with new students and make a whole new circle of fellow peers who you’ll be able to meet up with on a regular basis once you’ve cracked the escape room challenge. 

All the rooms are themed

The themes are usually from films and games, ones which are popular cultural themes in their own right. The rooms will be decorated and populated with furniture and other items to fit right in with whatever the theme is. It could be a sci-fi classic or a murderous cult horror film theme or maybe something along the lines of wizardry or Egyptology. 

Escape Glasgow – Exciting Escape Rooms

If you’re looking to get away from your studies, then we couldn’t think of a better way of doing it. Put your books away and come on down to Escape Glasgow where you can pit yourselves against the escape room extravaganza of themed clues, puzzles secreted away in dark corners, and imaginary monsters. Make new friends, get some fresh air - and have some FUN.

Escape Room Hints and Tips

We’re looking at how you can get out of the escape rooms successfully and of course within the 60 minutes allowed. It’s not easy and not everyone does it first time, but we’re always happy to welcome people back, we know how popular it is and how much everyone enjoys it. But how can you solve all puzzles and clues and get out in 60 minutes? Well, we hope our hints and tips below help!

Teamwork

Firstly, teamwork is the key and that’s why escape games are so popular with corporate teams. Everyone working together and working as one mind is what gets you out in an hour. You must all find the clues and then work them out, that’s the way you get out and not by bickering, going your own way and ignoring everyone else. 

Clues

Find the clues and then place them somewhere you can find them. Then once you have them all together, you can start working them all out, so you get out. Whatever you do, don’t lose them, because every minute count, and if you do misplace one, you may not find it again and that will really put a spanner in the works. 

Don’t let one person dominate proceedings

We’ve already mentioned the importance of teamwork, and this means you can’t allow one person with a dominant personality to rule over everyone else with their ideas and thoughts on how things should be done. This is a game for groups, for teams of people who work together to problem solve, it’s not a golden opportunity for one person to proselytize for an hour and impress everyone with their genius. 

Look Everywhere

Don’t let your imagination hold you back. Think about the theme, think about what’s in the room with you, where could the next clue be? What does it mean? Whatever you, don’t dwell on it too much, if you find that one clue is a little bit too difficult and you’re simply not getting it, and neither are your teammates, then move on to the next one. Time spent dwelling on one stubborn clue could lose you precious minutes that could be utilized elsewhere. 

Escape Rooms in Glasgow

Finally, have fun for at the end of the day this is all about having fun with friends, and working together to achieve a common goal and win a game, for that is all it is. If you don’t get it first time, try, try again, don’t give up and don’t be disheartened. Book your escape room and enjoy yourselves! 

Things to Do in Glasgow: Hidden Gems

Looking for hidden gems in Glasgow, things that stand out from the normal with a hint of unique and original? Well, walk this way because we’ve come up with some of our favourite hidden gems for you to explore in your own time. They really do prove that Glasgow is quite possibly one of the most exciting cities to visit.

The Empire & Mitre Bar neon signs, down Tontine Lane

This really is a hidden gem, and you’ll find it on Tontine Lane. The signs glow in the darkness of the street and give a nod to the past while fitting nicely in the present. The first sign for The Empire was designed by Douglas Gordon, the Turner Prize winning homie from Glasgow. It lends a vintage look to the building, and not far from that is the Mitre Bar with its own impressive neon sign. It offers nothing in the way of food or drink as it used to, but its sign is still worthy of admiration.

The Unmarked Grave

On Ingram Street sits the Ramshorn Churchyard and within it an unmarked grave. This the grave of Pierre Emile L’Angelier an apprentice nurseryman who had an affair with Madeleine Smith, he went on trial for her murder, arsenic poisoning being his modus operandi. It’s rumoured that after he threatened to expose the affair he then killed her in this gruesome fashion.

The Viking Stones

You’ll find 5 stone blocks at the Govan Old Parish Church and these are known as “Hogback stones” and are believed to be the original depiction of Viking houses for the dead. As you can imagine they date back way back to the 900s and it’s believed they were in the graveyard of this very church for nigh on 1000 years before being discovered. Today they are believed to be a prime example of medieval sculptures. They’re definitely worth seeing so add this to your list of gems.

The Peaceful Zen Garden. St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art

This is purpose built Zen Garden and is the first of its kind in the UK. You can sit outside whenever you like and visit the café for a drink. If you’re looking to get away, then this is the place to go for some relaxation and appreciation of nature and quiet contemplation.

The ‘Moving’ Statue

The equestrian statute of King William III is among the most unusual of statues, in that the tail of the horse he sits on, moves in the wind. If you’re wondering how this is achieved it’s because it’s attached with a ball and socket joint. It was once to be found at Trongate but has since been moved to Cathedral Square near Glasgow Cathedral.

Escape Games Glasgow

After all that searching, looking, taking photos and then discussing your hidden gem finds, you’ll want to relax and unwind afterwards. Once you’ve finished your explorations why not visit us here at Escape Glasgow where you can try one of our games. You’re locked in a themed room of your choice, so how about 221 Baker Street, where you can become Sherlock Holmes for an hour discovering some hidden puzzles and clues. Take in your Watson, and other trusted members of your team and see if you can work out the clues and escape within the hour. Book your room today and find out whether you’ve got what it takes.

Things To Do In Glasgow: Museums

We’ve chosen four of our favourite museums in Glasgow, so you can add them to your list of places to visit. If you love museums, then Glasgow couldn’t be a better choice of city. All the museums we’ve chosen have an eclectic choice of artefacts, whether it’s architecture, history or art, so read on and see which ones catch your eye and add them to the top of your list.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

A magnificent building that deserves a long look, and that’s before you’ve even entered. It contains a staggering 8, 000 items for your enjoyment, these are anything from civic art to World War II planes suspended from the ceiling. There are various types of armour, and some amazing things to see in the natural history section which go back thousands of years.

Mackintosh

The name comes from Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s most famous and talented architect. There are plenty of his creations in and around Glasgow for you to enjoy including The Glasgow School of Art, The Lighthouse, Mackintosh House, Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross and finally Scotland Street School. Machintosh House itself reassembles the Glasgow home interiors when they lived at 78 South Park Avenue in the early part of the 20th century. You’ll get to see their eclectic and distinctive style with a minimalistic austerity that was years before its time. It’s been put together with all its original contents, so you can see how it would have looked.

Riverside Museum

This beautiful museum was designed by Zaha Hadid, and inside, as well as paintings you’ll find all sorts of trains, cars, planes and skateboards. There’s around 3,000 items here and the museum is a perfect setting for Glasgow’s transport history.

St Mungo Museum Of Religious Life And Art

You’ll find this interestingly named museum in Cathedral Square and covers world religions of every kind. You’ll find Islamic Calligraphy sculptures as well as a beautifully designed Zen Garden. It’s food for thought in some lovely, tranquil surroundings.

Escape Glasgow – Escape Rooms That Put The Unique Back Into Fun

Once you’ve had your fill of Glasgow’ most amazing museums, why not come down and see us here at Escape Glasgow? One themed room, one group of people, some very mysterious clues and puzzles to solve. Then, you’re out – or are you? Dare to try it? We’d love to see you, so why not try our 221 Baker Street and be Sherlock Holmes for the day or enter our casino’s and be James Bond? Pay us a call and book a room!

Reasons to Visit Glasgow This Year

Apart from the fact that Glasgow is one of the most amazing cities in the UK, there are plenty of reasons why you should visit. We’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog post to telling you all about it and giving you as many reason as we can for you and your family to visit Glasgow this year.

As with any city, there’s plenty of culture in Glasgow and The Glasgow School of Art is one perfect example. The building itself was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and comes with hints of Art Nouveau. It’s a building worthy of any work of art, and the best thing is that it reopens this year following restoration after a fire 4 years ago. The students themselves gives tours to the visitors lasting for 45 minutes around the outside of the building and of the Mackintosh furniture gallery. The Willow Tea Rooms are there for refreshments, and of course this is a beautiful building too, designed at the beginning of the 20th century.

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

For visual splendour why not visit the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, a place of sculpture, toyshop and installation art. This was created by a Russian metal worker and a theatre director, who together created a gallery of weird and wonderful people and creatures who come alive to entertain everyone.

House Of An Art Lover

If you’re looking for ideas for a refurbishment then pay a visit to the house of an art lover, again designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This is a country retreat held within a public park and was inspired by some drawings he’d submitted to a competition. There’s plenty of light and space and it’s perfect for entertaining, but you may find it simply entertains your imagination, so bring a notebook, you’ll come away inspired. There’s regular art exhibitions held here and there’s an excellent restaurant for when you’re ready to eat.

The Riverside Museum

was designed by Zaha Hadid, and this museum of transport is a real treat with over 3, 000 exhibits from various periods of transport throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. You’re talking vintage cars, buses and tramcars, and outside the Glenlee a barque with 3 masts which was launched in 1896 and one of five ships still afloat.

The Botanic Gardens

If you fancy some horticultural fun during your time in Glasgow, why not get away from the city and the hulabaloo and pay a visit to the Botanic Gardens. Here you can find your way through the wrought iron frame glasshouse and take a look at the delicious tree ferns. There are 11 greenhouses which also house orchids, and begonias, some of which are rare. In the summer there’ll even be Shakespearean characters walking around as part of the ‘Bard in the Botanics.’

Escape Glasgow

Finally if the weather isn’t going your way, why not come to the Escape Rooms here in Glasgow where you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and plenty of fun. You and your friends will be locked in a themed room for 60 minutes where you’ll have to solve a series of puzzles and clues in order to get out within the hour. You’ll need to be whip smart and have great communication skills. Why not book one of our rooms today and have some serious fun while you’re enjoying your time here in Glasgow?

Tips to Succeed in An Escape Room

Today we’re going to be looking into how you can succeed in an escape room, so we’ve come up with some helpful tips. With our help, you’ll soon be working your way out of that locked room like a pro. And if you don’t get it right first time, you can visit us as often as you need to in order to crack it.

Clues

Think about the clues. They’re there for a reason. They could be staring back at you when you’re least expecting it. Do they look to simplistic to be party of the game? If they do, then they’re probably true clues and too good to ignore. Use your partners to help solve the clues and investigate anything you’re not sure of, that’s what they’re they for.

Communicate and Cooperate With Your Fellow Teammates

And that brings us to our next tip, cooperation and communication. It’s important you communicate with your fellow team mates because if you don’t you’ll still be there after the 60 minutes are up. It’s no wonder that escape rooms are used as team building exercises because they’re good at that – but only if you communicate and cooperate with each other. You are going to need each other to share knowledge and any clues you’ve managed to work out. It will all form a greater picture of how to escape the room, so talk to each other if you want to be successful.

Stuck?

Worried about getting stuck on one clue or puzzle you can’t quite fathom? Don’t allow it to bring you down. If you don’t ask for help you’re in danger of losing the game, so don’t allow your pride to get in the way. Ask around, within your group, don’t isolate yourself. Do they have an idea of how to solve the clue, perhaps one of them has a fresh perspective and is able to throw some illumination on to the problem? Let them help or you could be wasting precious time. And if you need a hint, tell us and we’ll give you one.

Enjoy the game!

If you try all this and you still wind up losing, or you know you’re not going to win because the time’s nearly up, don’t despair. Escape games are mean to be enjoyable, because they’re games. Yes, that’s right, it’s just a game, not the Olympics! They’re not mean to stress you out and make you feel bad at the end of it. Some puzzles are harder to work out than others and it’s no reflection on you or on any other of your teammates. So, relax and enjoy it, and remember, even if you don’t get it right first time, there’s always next time. You’re always welcome to our escape games in Glasgow, and you can try as many times as you wish.

So, now you’ve had our best tips, when are you coming down? Do you think you have what it takes to beat the clock and win at our escape games in Glasgow? Why not bring your friends or colleagues down and have a bash? It’s so much fun and you might just win first time round! Get in touch today!

Things to do in Glasgow on a rainy day

Glasgow is a fascinatingly beautiful city, but what do you do when it’s raining? Rather than avoid the city altogether there are plenty of different ways of keeping yourself busy. We’ve compiled a list of places to go and things to do in Glasgow on a rainy day, so you need never be bored in the city again.

The Riverside Museum

will give you some of the world’s best ships, cars and trains than you can imagine, so if that’s the kind of thing you love, then it’s the perfect destination. There at least 3000 objects to enjoy and with a café available throughout you’ll have refreshments sorted, so you can spend as long as you like here.

Glasgow Cathedral

is a great place to visit. The medieval architecture alone is worth exploring, and not far from the cathedral itself is one of the oldest houses in the city, known as Provand’s Lordship. There is also St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art and there’ll be plenty of religious artefacts to fascinate as well as a café, where you can relax and unwind after a busy day exploring.

The Science Centre

isn’t far from the Riverside Museum which we mentioned earlier. If you love science, then you’re going to love the Science Centre. It’s full of scientific concepts and technology that is explained in a family friendly way and is truly inspiring. You’ll also find an indoor café too, so if it’s raining outside you don’t have to get wet.

The People’s Palace

is a fascinating collection of Glasgow’s history from both the 18th and 19th centuries. There’s plenty to enjoy and learn about here, and you may find you come away with a better more insightful knowledge of Glasgow than you had before.

If museums aren’t your thing then how about some shopping? No, not outdoors if it’s raining, Glasgow has plenty of indoor shopping centres, so you’ll be able to shop for what you like. There’s plenty of big names in fashion so if you’re after quality, then you’re bound to find something that fits the bill.

Escape Glasgow – The Best Way To Pass A Rainy Afternoon

If you’re still looking for something to do in a rainy day, then test your skills with Escape Games Glasgow. We have themed rooms where you are locked in for 60 minutes with a team of friends, and then find your way out. You’ll do that by solving a series of tests to get through – and if you don’t get out within the hour, there’s always next time. And you can visit us as many times as you want. So, if you’re looking for some fun on a rainy day, come and see us here at the escape game to beat them all here in Glasgow.

Things To Do In Glasgow On A Rainy Day

Glasgow’s a great city, even when it’s raining, so why not come down and visit this fascinating place. We’ve found plenty of things you can do while you’re here, things you’ll really enjoy, so don’t let the rain put you off when you visit. There’ll be plenty of ways you can make the most of your time here.

How About a Quick Visit To Glasgow Cathedral?

You’ll be able to spend as much time as you need to while you’re here and there is so much architecture to admire and enjoy. Not far from here there’s the Provand’s Lordship, which is the oldest house in Glasgow and dates back to the 15th century. You can then perhaps visit St Mongo Museum of Religious Life and Art which will take a look at religion (of course!) and how it has played such an important role through the centuries. There’s a café so you can have something to eat once you’ve had a look around.

People’s Palace – This Is The Perfect Place

It has so much history and offers a glimpse of what life would have been like in the 18th and 19th centuries. Only the museum is open at this time of year, the Winter Gardens are normally closed during the colder months. There’s a magnificent Doulton Fountain outside and it is the biggest Terracotta fountain in the world, built almost at the end of the 19th century for the Queen’s Jubilee.

The Lighthouse

This has an enormous amount of space, 5 floors of exhibitions in all, and it’s definitely the place to visit. It’s in the city centre and you’ll never be stuck for things to do. The Mackintosh Centre is especially impressive.

The Science Centre

This is a rather beautifully shaped building that isn’t too far from the Riverside Museum (another must see visit). It’s all about science hence the title, but it also presents different ideas of science, while exploring technology in a really simple yet intelligent way. There’s even a cinema, an IMAX where you can watch the latest films, and then there’s at least 3 floors of science exhibits and after you’re done with that, you can go visit the Planetarium. When you need some refreshment, you can visit the outdoor and indoor café.

If it’s Still Raining, Why Not Visit Us Here at Escape Glasgow?

You’ll be locked in a themed room with friends and you’ll have to find your way out by solving many different puzzles and cryptic clues which you’ll need to work out at the end to find your way out of the room. Great fun! So, give it a go and we’ll see you there! Forget the rain, there are always things to do in Glasgow!

Top Things to Do in Glasgow this Christmas

Christmas is only around the corner, and with this in mind we’ve come up with top things to do in Glasgow this Christmas. If you happen to find yourself in or around Glasgow in December, you'll find there's plenty to do.

A visit to Santa

Santa is definitely on his way to Glasgow this year and the Style Mile Carnival is where you’ll find him. It happens in the city centre, so you can’t miss it. Santa will be there in all his glory in a horse drawn float as well as some other great performers to enjoy.

Christmas Markets

If you're in the mood for a little Christmas spirit, why not head to St George's and St Enoch’s Square? Warm yourselves up with some street foods and a hot drink. Then see if you can cross a few people off your Christmas list with the great selection of gifts on offer. There’s also a carousel and a big wheel, so there’s plenty of opportunity to have some fun while you’re there.

Shopping

Weave your way down the Style Mile and browse the 1500 and more shops that Glasgow boasts. You’ll be bound to find some great Christmas presents for friends and family. There's St Enoch Centre, Princes Square, Buchanan Galleries and Argyll Arcade. Shops will be open for longer, so people have more time to spend shopping. You can then put their feet up and indulge in a warm meal and a drink after.

Ice Skating

Would Christmas be the same without ice skating – no it wouldn't. That’s why Glasgow puts on the best ice skating experience for its shoppers. You’ll find the city centre is open for skating most weekdays from noon, and from 10 till 10pm at the weekend. All you’ll need to do is to dress in warm clothes and boots and enjoy the festivities.

Escape Glasgow – Escape The Festive Fun

Once you’re done with the shopping, skating and Santa. Why not come to the Escape Rooms and test your metal with our 60-minute game of cryptic clues and puzzles? You can find your way out of one of our rooms, find the clues and then working them all out so you can escape within the hour! You’ll need to have your thinking cap on and work together as a team. It's the game that tests you, and all our rooms have their own themes, so you’ll have lots of fun!

It’s great fun for all the family and we’d love to see you here, so why not make your way down? We can’t wait to see you!

Top Things to Do in Glasgow this Autumn

Glasgow is a vibrant colourful city and we know you’ll be eager to explore its hidden depth during your stay here. Even if you’re a permanent resident, there may be parts of Glasgow you’re yet to discover, so we’ve come up with a short list of must have places to visit, so you can get to know Glasgow better.

We’ve come up with 6 places we think you’ll enjoy so read on to find out more:

1 If you want to see Glasgow in style and you’d like to get out of the car, then why not get on your bike? Or perhaps one of Glasgow’s bikes. The city has a Nextbike scheme which helps you to explore the city in all its glory. You’ll get to see the sites and the route is simple and easy to follow. You’ll get to see Glasgow in autumn in the best possible way.

2 If you like astronomy then The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory should fire up your imagination and enthusiasm. It runs most weekends with anything from firework displays and meteor showers which are at their peak in October. No matter how cold and dark it is now the nights are drawing in, there’s still fun to be had during the all-too exciting stargazing season.

3 Why not try some waffles at Union Waffles, because here you’ll have a warming dessert that cleverly combines chocolate and marshmallow to create something truly delicious. It’s the super waffles sandwich, and it’s going to warm you up nicely during the autumn months.

4 You could try visiting Pollok Country Park where you run through some autumn leaves, and of course give yourself some photo opportunities, and take pics you won’t forget in a hurry. Pollok Country Park has many gorgeous trees, so as you can imagine, there’s plenty of them shedding their leaves – for your pleasure of course!

5 Yes, summer is over and winters on its way, but why not use autumn to create an amazing toned new you, to help cope with winter’s onslaught? Why not pay a visit to Infinity Yoga? You can have a really relaxing session before facing the outside world again.

6 As well as the waffles why not try some hot chocolate with the kind of trimmings to get you salivating at Jellyhill, you’ll get the works, whipped cream and marshmallows to keep you warm for the rest of the day. Finish that off once you’re warm enough with a visit to the Glasshouses of the Botanic Gardens, you’ll be warmed up nicely and you can escape the cold outside.

Finally, an extra one – Escape Glasgow! We highly recommend a visit to our escape games in Glasgow. Here, you’ll find plenty to keep you amused as you attempt to escape a locked room with 60 minutes to get out. Can you solve the cryptic puzzles and clues? Contact us today to find out today. Can you even find them? Forget autumn, think escape, use your grey matter and get out fast as you can!

Things To Do in Glasgow: Hidden Gems

If you’re looking for unusual things to do in Glasgow, and you think you’ve seen all the tourist attractions, then our blog today should feed your hunger for all things unique. Glasgow is a beautiful city and its hidden gems are all worthy of discovery. We’ve done all the hard work, so you can just visit your favourite venues without laboriously searching yourself.

Glasgow Central Station

If you love the combination of trains and beautiful architecture then Glasgow Central Station may be a great venue for you. There’s a great tour of the station and a visit to the subterranean passageways, stories of the tracks and the railway vaults. You’ll see Glasgow’s station in a completely different light once you’ve been.

Tchai-Ovna Café

When you’re touring a city you’re always in need of refreshments at some point in the day. With this in mind, Glasgow’s Tchai-Ovna is just the place for a quick cup of something. It’s a little different to what you might expect as it’s a rather quaint little café in an old 19th century stable. It’s tucked away nicely in a cobbled street where you can sit down and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of teas alongside a vegan and vegetarian menu. They also host live music up to four times a week.

Necropolis

If you’re not too scared of graveyards then Glasgow’s Necropolis is a beautiful Victorian cemetery worthy of a visit. There are well over 3,000 monuments with the graves of some notable characters from Glasgow’s past including the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Its design was influenced by Pere Lachaise graveyard in Paris and it certainly does leave a lasting impression.

The Hidden Gardens

If you love nature, horticulture and flowers then The Hidden Gardens is one place you’ll love. It’s a peaceful area to sit and think and offers a few moments of peace before going back into the city. A variety of different events are held here and there’s a warm communal feel, you’ll find it hidden behind the Tramway, a beautiful garden with so much to discover.

Glasgow University

Offers the visitor some beautiful architecture as well as history. There are some great photo opportunities here, the cloisters are beautiful and the Hunterian Museum offers history and art lovers much to admire.

Escape Glasgow

Finally, if you’re looking for fun things to do in Glasgow that involves using your grey matter, outwitting your friends and having fun, the come down to Escape Glasgow. Here you’re locked in a themed room with 60 minutes to escape. In the room are many cryptic clues, puzzles and maps which you must find and then use to help you escape. Who will get out first and can you beat the clock? Book a room and find out!

Benefits of team building activities

If you see issues at work due to poor communication and interaction of your team, then the benefits of team building are great. If you’re setting up a new project, then you need a team you can rely on to deliver results. This won’t happen if your team aren’t communicating effectively. You may also have a new team member who is new to the group, and hasn’t bonded well yet. Team building activities, even for a day, could really help with bonding and communication, helping your team to gel, so when they get back to the office, then can get to work successfully.

Why are team building activities so beneficial?

The reasons are many, not only are they tremendous fun, helping to break the ice and give people a more relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy themselves it also provides you with the tools you need for everyone to get to know each other. It’s also an ample opportunity for you to see what skills each one of your team has, who is good at problem-solving, who is good at conflict resolution and planning?

Long-lasting connections from great team building activities

Another benefit is that your team will make long lasting connections helping to foster good relationships with each other, which will in turn help them to work better together. It could help resolve issues in the future and lay down the building blocks for better communication on a deeper level.

Helping to break the ice

For those that are new or simply shy, team building exercises help break the ice, and as relationships improve you will find that work productivity improves too. This helps with staff morale and helps them to improve in self-confidence.

Confidence and team spirit

As they become more confident you will also find that there’s a better sense of team spirit, and this can also manifest itself in a healthy sense of competition, leading to increased productivity. As your team become more motivated, as team leader, you will reap the rewards. As they become closer you may also see an increase in innovative ideas and more creative output, which is win-win for all.

Escape Glasgow – for team building activities with a difference

If you’re now convinced of the benefits of team building, then why not come and visit us here at Escape Glasgow. You’ll be locked in a room or rooms where each team has to solve a series of cryptic clues and puzzles in order to escape along with maps and other clues. They’ll have 60 minutes in which to work out things out before they can escape, and it’s a perfect opportunity to get your team working together. You’ll reap the rewards in the long run. Take a look around our website and then get in touch to find out more.

Things To Do in Glasgow in the Evening

Today we’re going to be looking at things to do in Glasgow in the evening, so if you’re staying here either for a weekend or a weeks’ vacation, then we’ve done all the hard work for you, so you can simply add them to your list and visit. Perhaps you’ll fancy one or two of them, but it’ll be a fun start to getting to know Glasgow at night.

Casino at the Corinthian

If you enjoy the buzz and glamour of the casino then you’ll love the Casino at the Corinthian. It’s taste of jazz and vintage furniture gives it an old world feel where you’ll take part in classic shots and perhaps try your hand at a game of poker.

Stravaigin

How about the Stravaigin, a restaurant where you’ll find the best of the world’s cuisine made with the best of Scottish produce. The Stravaigin is a restaurant where the experimental is de rigeur and traditional ingredients are turned into something unique and unusual. It’s a wonderful way to start the evening and it won’t cost you a fortune.

The Grosvenor

If you fancy the cinema after that why not try The Grosvenor where you can see all the latest releases in comfort since it’s been refurbished. Maybe after you’ve seen the film, you’ll be in the mood to have one more coffee, a drink or perhaps even dinner if there’s room, there’s one within the cinema, so you won’t have to travel far.

The Ferry

The Ferry is one way to travel, with a passenger ferry from the 1950s that’s been turned into a restaurant with bar, and to top it all there’s live music. So, you may not travel far, perhaps only as far as the bar or to your table but it’ll be an interesting journey nonetheless. It’s a great restaurant with that unique retro twist where you can listen to some good old tribute bands while sipping on a glass of chardonnay.

The Poetry Club

If you fancy introducing your work to a live audience then why not pay a visit to this speakeasy bar. It’s an intimate setting with regular events, including both visitors to the venue for the first time and locals. It’s a really unique way of spending an evening that’s for sure.

Escape Glasgow

If you don’t fancy any of those, then why not pay our escape rooms at Escape Glasgow where you’ll volunteer to have yourself locked in a room for 60 minutes while you try and find your way out. You can bring friends or family, and you’ll have to find your way out by solving puzzles and cryptic clues, put there by us to test your mettle. You’ll need good problem-solving skills along with an ability to work as part of a team, add to that the ability to manage your time well, because if you don’t get out in 60 minutes max, you’ve lost. We have different themed rooms, all imaginatively titled 221B Baker Street, Witchcraft & Wizardry and the Glasgow Classic. Do you dare to try it? We’ll see you there.

Things to do in Glasgow if you like sports

If you like sport and you’re spending some time in Glasgow, you’re probably looking to find things to do in Glasgow which are a little more energetic than just shopping. We’ve put together a few ideas which we hope will save you the time of doing all the searching yourself. That way you can focus on your chosen sport and spend less time on finding a venue.

For those of you who love sport but perhaps aren’t quite ready to do anything too energetic, why not try a visit to The Scottish Football Museum where you can take a long impressive look at Scotland’s football heritage. This is one of Glasgow’s main attractions and holds an impressive national collection of football memorabilia, so it’s well worth a visit.

Fancy yourself as a cyclist? Then how about The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome where everyone can have a go cycling and have a ride on the track itself. There’s a new rider’s area for those who are novice riders and there’s advice and guidance on how the sessions work.

There are plenty of swimming pools in Glasgow if that’s your thing, and you certainly won’t be short of places to go to find a pool. Swimming is one of the best ways of getting a full cardiovascular workout so it’s great for both adults and children.

The Tollcross International Swimming Centre at the east end of the city hosted the Commonwealth games swimming contest back in 2014. A swim there may help you to feel Olympic enough to beat your own record in the breast stroke, but if you’re not feeling competitive, then a leisurely swim is just as good.

How about a game of rugby 7? This is a high-octane game of rugby with plenty of fast running and point scoring involved. You can watch at leisure without getting into a sweat yourself though. You can get a piece of the action anywhere there’s a rugby pitch in Glasgow.


Athletics is always good to watch. There are plenty of parks with athletic clubs available with visitors being allowed to test their own fitness at one of them. There’s also a 5k run available to take part in at Pollok Country Park, which isn’t far from the city centre.

Table Tennis – You can practice your table tennis skills at the Glasgow Club or Emirates Arena or how about the Hillhead Book Club where you can practice in a specially built cage. You certainly won’t lose your ball in there!

Bowling is always a great favourite and you can play at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre, where you’ll find not one but five bowling greens which have been recently upgraded to international standard. You can use them free of charge and you don’t even have to book beforehand.

Escape Glasgow - Perhaps the weather is bad when you leave the house or hotel, but don’t despair because you can pay us a visit here at Escape Glasgow. Here you and some friends can get locked in a room and fight your way out using a series of cryptic clues and puzzles with 60 minutes to get out. You’ll need to rely on some pretty keen observational and problem-solving skills which will be the only two things to get you out. It’s a great way of spending a rainy afternoon with those you love the most, so if you’re up for it, and sports out for the day – we’d love to see you.

Things To Do In Glasgow Summer 2017

Summer beckons, and with it comes long days with time to fill. If you’re spending time in Glasgow, then naturally you’ll be wanting to find something to fill the days, whether it’s at the weekend or during the week. Once children finish school for the summer, there’ll be endless hours to fill keeping them occupied. Living in a city doesn’t have to be all work and no play, and Glasgow has its fair share of fun things to do and fascinating places of interest.

We’ve come up with a few we selected to get you started with things to do in Glasgow, so you can start summer off the right way.

Sunday Festival: The Festival Sunday Lane Party gets under way on June 4th with entertainment all afternoon with BBQs, bars and sports for the entire family to join in with. There’ll be bands, live music, dancing as well as face painting, balloon artists and stilt walkers for the kids. There’ll be stages along Vinicombe Street and Ashton Lane. So, if you’re looking for family fun with plenty to do, then Festival Sunday should be just the answer.

 

Music Festivals

There are at least eight music festivals in Glasgow this summer. We’re featuring at least four so you have an idea of what to expect. There’s the 4th Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival which will be held at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow with bands such as DJ Koze, Sven Vath and Nina Kraviz to name but a few. There’ll be food and pop up restaurants so you don’t have to go hungry.

 

May West

A music festival that takes place on Glasgow Green. There’ll be Turin Brakes, and The Stranglers as well as pop up restaurants providing food and beverages.

 

TRNSMT

A music festival that takes place in Glasgow and is organised by the same people that are behind T in the Park. There’ll be big bands such as Radiohead, Biffy Clyro and Kasabian, as well as George Ezra and London Grammar.

 

The Summer nights

A series of world class performances from performers such as Brian Wilson and The Pixies as well as Tom Jones and Texas. It’s held at Kelvingrove Bandstand and you won’t want to miss it.

 

The world pipe band championship

For traditional pipe music from Scotland you have The World Pipe Band Championships and the Glasgow International Pipe Championships. This will be held on Glasgow Green and there’ll be plenty to see from between the 7th and 13th August. There’s usually around 8,000 performances and 200 events to enjoy. There’s also the amazing spectacle of The Colossal Clansman, which uses 6 miles of fabric alone to create a beautiful mural to showcase the piping events.

 

As well as the ones we’ve just mentioned, there’s plenty of other family events going on throughout the summer in Glasgow including themed lunches such as Tangled Themed Family Lunch with Rapunzel on 11th June at Browns Brassiere and Bar, and the Aladdin Themed Family Lunch with Jasmine at the same venue on 2nd July. How about the Summer Courses for Adults and Children at The Glasgow School of Art between 26th June and 11th August or the Summer Games Development Boot Camp between 2nd July and 2nd August?

We hope you enjoyed our list of things to do in Glasgow in the summer, which we hope you’ll find useful. It’s a varied list and there’s bound to be something you and your family will enjoy!

Things to Do in Glasgow: Parks

Looking for things to do in Glasgow that involve parks? Well, we’ve worked hard to put together a post which addresses this very thing. There are a LOT of parks in Glasgow, each one as beautiful as the next, so much choice, not enough time, I hear you cry? Well, we’ve just chosen a few so you can make an informed decision on which one is best if your time here is short. Good luck!

Kelvingrove Park

With the recent restoration of Kelvingrove Park Bandstand, there’s a wonderful buzz around this great park area where you can listen to music and relax. The renovation has meant that an important part of Glasgow’s history has been restored, and with that in mind, some events have already been planned for the summer, so there’s a lot to look forward.

Pollok Country Park

A great place for biking if this is what you like, with three different circuits, it’s not far from the city centre so there’s always an escape from the speed and pace of city life.

Alexandra Park

A great public park that’s popular with the local residents and visitors from afar. It’s a great park with plenty of room to roam with a high point of views of Ben Lomond and the Tinto Hills. There are some beautiful flower bedding areas near the entrance and some dramatic ornamental gates, so you’ll have lots of photo opportunities.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is 50 acres of parkland, named after the jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887. It’s considered to be one of the prettiest parks in Glasgow. It has a vast range of floral displays and is definitely one of the best ways of spending a leisurely afternoon.

James Hamilton Heritage Park

This is a large park area with water sports centre that covers 32 acres with the water sports centre adding an extra 16 acres. There are many places here where you can relax and unwind or take part in some excellent water sports, depending on what you like. You can try taster sessions in the water sports if you’re not sure what you’d like best, and there are courses you can take part in to learn more, these are tailored to both children and adults. There’s also some great bird watching to be had with a rather wonderful bird sanctuary.

Other Parks Within Glasgow

Glasgow means green hollow, which is taken from the Gaelic word Glaschu. There are nearly 100 parks in this bustling city with some formal gardens for you to enjoy. If you enjoy the outdoors then Glasgow is the perfect place to find a peaceful place to either sit and think, enjoy the view, watch some bird life or take part in some active water sports. We hope you’ve enjoyed our tour of the best of Glasgow’s parks. If you were looking for things to do in Glasgow which features parks, then we think our post has succeeded in finding some of the best. If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed today, get in touch, we’re always happy to help.

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Things to Do in Glasgow For Students: Bars

If you’re looking for bars to go to for a drink of a night while you’re a student, then Glasgow is the best city by far for this. We’ve drawn up a list of some of the best bars in Glasgow that are conducive to a good time, a restricted budget and a varied drinks menu. Glasgow’s one of the best cities to have a good time in when you’re a student, so if you’re looking for an explosive time then this is the city to be in.

Bar Gumbo

Bar Gumbo have a varied menu of food for both lunch and evening with a drinks menu that’s every bit as good. There’s a versatile menu of beers, wines and cocktails to choose from, so if whether you’re looking for something eat, drink or a combination of the two, then Bar Gumbo is for you.

Bunker

You can enter the Bunker 7 days of the week for drinking, eating, and partying. This is a great place to bring your friends and there are resident DJs there at the weekends until the early hours playing a versatile range of music. There’s free wi-fi, a pool table and some iPads just in case you can’t wait to be in touch with someone.

Driftwood

At Driftwood, you’ll find current music played to a friendly crowd with cheap alcohol for those on a budget. It’s busy and on the same street as many of the local nightclubs, so you’ll be able to go from one to the other without having to travel far. As it is so busy, it’s best to book a table or a booth in advance, otherwise it’ll be standing room only.

Vodko Wodka

If you love your cocktails, then you’ll really love Vodka Wodka, where you’ll find an eclectic menu of both cocktails and vodkas. You can also try some Italian food while you’re here if you’re hungry. It’s got great ambience and it’s a great way to start the evening.

We hope you enjoyed our post on things to do in Glasgow if you’re a student. We’ve found the best bars, we think there’s a fabulous vibe in here in Glasgow, and students, both past and present, always have a great time. This is because there’s a great selection of bars to choose from and they’re located in close proximity to each other.

If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed today, get in touch. We’re always happy to help.

Things To Do in Glasgow in the Evening

If you’re looking for things to do in Glasgow of an evening and you’re on a quick visit, then we’ve drawn up a list of great venues which cater for lots of different tastes, so why don’t you check it out and then choose which you like the sound of the most. You’ll probably be spoilt for choice, as Glasgow certainly knows how to provide a wide variety of entertainment venues where you can spend time with family, or let your hair down with friends. Take a look and see for yourself.

Merchant City

The Merchant City has lots of fascinating restaurants and bars which are uniquely held under one roof. This means you have plenty of choice without having to go far. Whatever the occasion there’s something for everyone, where you can sit in the indoor courtyard and enjoy the intoxicating night air, do a spot of continental people watching, and there’s a big screen for big sporting events and fashion shows. They also hold arts and crafts fairs, so there’s something for everyone, for both adults and children.

The West End

Similar to Covent Garden, The West End is a great place to explore with boutiques, cafes and restaurants down cobbled streets, where you’ll also find some rather lovely book shops and a cinema in Ashton Lane. There’s something for everyone, and in the evening, there’ll be places to stop, eat and relax.

Òran Mór

Great location and a great atmosphere guaranteed in this former church which is now a pub. This is a thriving place for entertainment and art within Glasgow’s West End. There’s a Victorian and Whisky Bar, A brasserie and John Muir Restaurant, with live music venues all within this unique building. There’s something for everyone here and a great evening’s entertainment.

The Ball Room Sports Bar & Pool Hall

Great for socialising with food and beverages. You can play pool, eat, and it’s a great venue for family and friends to gather of an evening.

King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

A great venue, small, intimate and fun with a night of lively entertainment for everyone. There’s some great live music here even though it’s small, so no wonder it’s renowned for being the ‘the best small gig venue,’ for it surely deserves this title.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our trip around some of the best venues for things to do in Glasgow in the evening. There’s something for everyone in this lively, vibrant city, so you’re never bored or without anything to do. Glasgow certainly knows how to entertain its citizens, providing a wide variety of places where you can eat, drink and listen to live music with family and friends. Enjoy your time in Glasgow!