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Escaping the student city: Glasgow

26 Sep 2016

Heading to Glasgow Uni? You’re about to live in one of the UK’s most exciting cities, a cultural hub that’s teeming with activity. Voted the world’s friendliest city, you’ve picked a good home to study in. 
But if you want to explore more than the student bars and pubs, your Stagecoach unirider ticket can take you to some amazing places in and around Glasgow. When the stresses of student life get too much, here are the places to explore. 

Cinema, science and more: Glasgow Science Centre

Home to Scotland’s biggest cinema screen and three floors of science exhibits, Glasgow Science Centre is a terrific place to visit. The centre is also home to a full dome planetarium for you to ponder the planets and wonders of the universe. 

One of the best ways to spend a Sunday evening is at the science centre. There’s a ‘Sci-fi Sunday’  event at 7pm, showing a classic sci-fi film alongside a tour of the solar system, so you can look at the stars while watching Star Wars!

Getting there is easy too — just hop on the Stagecoach X19. 

Park life: Pollok Country Park

Need to escape to some greenery without heading too far outside of the city? You’re in luck. Pollok Country Park was named the best park in Britain in 2006, and best in Europe in 2008. There are plenty of events going on within the area, and it’s also Glasgow’s biggest park. 

If all the coursework and partying has you feeling worn out, a nice walk about the park is a great way to clear your head. As proof of its beauty, the park has won a green flag award every year since 2012. Within the park there are walled gardens, a wildlife garden and an orienteering course. There’s also the National Trust Pollok House, a country house with a formal garden and amazing Edwardian kitchen. 

Getting there is a short two-part journey. Grab the number 4 bus from Buchanan bus station and then take a short walk into the park from Shawlands Station, Mount Stuart Street. 

Seaside break: Ayr

Whether the sun is shining or you want a rainy coastal walk, Ayr is a terrific town to visit. It’s 37 miles south of south west of Glasgow, but you can take the X77 from Buchanan bus station.  

Offering a long stretch of sandy beach, a beautiful esplanade and a picturesque town centre, Ayr is a perfect day trip for students wanting to see more of Scotland. If you’re a literature or arts student, you might be delighted to learn that Robert Burns was born in Ayr and there are two museums dedicated to him. 

If the coast isn’t your thing, you can take a short trip to Culzean Castle and Country Park –take the Stagecoach 60/360 bus (Ayr to Girvan via Maidens) and then walk 1 mile down to the castle. 

Ultimately, students in Glasgow have access to some great attractions on their doorstep. You could spend your entire term in the city and still not see everything it and the surrounding area has to offer – so get out there and start exploring!

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