A view looking up from directly under the structure of Glasgow Tower

The Tower is closed today

Glasgow Tower

Glasgow Tower has been shut since the first lockdown due to social distancing restrictions. Although these have been lifted, the tower remains closed due to refurbishment of our glazing at the end of the building where the entrance to the tower is located. We provisionally plan to open for the Summer season 2023, operating from April to October 2023.

Take a Virtual Tour of Glasgow Tower

You can go behind-the-scenes of Glasgow Tower for an all-access tour in the video below.


Wondering what's on in Glasgow? Then look up! Amazingly, Glasgow Tower is the only structure on earth capable of rotating 360° into the prevailing wind and holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest fully rotating freestanding structure in the world. At 127 metres high — the equivalent of over 30 double-decker buses — Glasgow Tower is the tallest freestanding building in Scotland.


The Glasgow Tower experience starts down on the ground, where you can learn about the history of Glasgow and the site on which the Tower is built. View archive images while you journey through a timeline tunnel, highlighting key events in the city over the past 100 years. You’ll arrive at a five-metre long map of the Clyde where you can see historic images and watch footage of how the local area has changed over the years. Glasgow Tower pushes the boundaries of engineering and our people will be on hand to give you an insight into the complex design and incredible science behind the revolutionary structure.

Take the 2.5 minute journey to the Tower cabin and enjoy unrivalled panoramic views of the city, the Clyde and the landscapes beyond. You can even explore a virtual panoramic view on iPads using new GAR (Geo-located Augmented Reality) technology to see all 360° around the viewing platform. Zoom into over a dozen places of interest and view contemporary and archive images, whilst keeping your feet firmly in the viewing cabin.

As a world first, Glasgow Tower pushes the boundaries of engineering and is an iconic machine.


  • A ticket to Glasgow Tower costs £3.50 when bought as an add-on to a Science Mall ticket. A stand-alone ticket for Glasgow Tower costs £6.50. (Prices stated include Gift Aid, Donation and VAT.)
  • You might find it more convenient to pre-book your visit to Glasgow Tower. Call 0141 420 5000 or visit us in person.
  • The tower's standard opening time is 11.00am, and the last admission is at 4.30pm
  • Glasgow Tower is designed to move in the wind. Some visitors find the swaying sensation in windy weather unnerving. This is why the Tower closes when the wind speed exceeds gusts of 25 mph at cabin height.
  • In the event of an emergency, visitors to the Tower cabin will be evacuated via the 523-step spiral staircase. Due to this safety procedure visitors need to be able to walk down the stairs unaided. This means that those with limited mobility or young children may not be able to visit the Tower. We would ask anyone concerned about descending the steps to speak with us before they visit.

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