Premier Scottish visitor attraction, the Glasgow Science Centre, has retained its coveted five star grading for excellence from the tourism agency.
Glasgow Science Centre (GCS) achieved top marks over a variety of aspects. These included the core experience for visitors; the efficiency of the Centre’s staff; overall cleanliness and the venue’s cafes.
VisitScotland’s quality assurance scheme is a clear indication for visitors for standards in attractions. Five star ratings are only given to venues that offer an ‘exceptional’ standard.
GSC achieved top marks across many aspects during its assessment visit.
Over 320,000 people visited GSC in the last financial year which turned into one of the busiest since the Centre’s opening in 2001. Visitors included 68,000 school children from across the UK who took part in GSC’s education programme.
The Centre has over 300 innovative hands-on exhibits in the Science Mall. Other draws include a full-dome digital planetarium, the Glasgow Tower and a Cineworld IMAX.
“I am delighted that we have maintained our world class, five star grading and continue to be one of the top attractions in Glasgow, and indeed Scotland,” says Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive of Glasgow Science Centre said. “Visitors are increasingly looking for an experience that goes above and beyond their expectations and I believe we more than achieve this. This is a tremendous accomplishment and I would like to thank all our staff for going that extra mile to cement our reputation as a quality five star destination.”
The attraction, located on the Clyde Waterfront Regeneration area on the south bank of the River Clyde is also gaining a fine reputation for bespoke adult events. The Centre is hosting everything from astronomy evening classes and lectures to adult-only Science Lates events. The Pink Floyd inspired Dark Side of Moon full-dome shows have proved highly popular, as have Science of Gin and Whisky evenings and Sub Club nights in the planetarium.
Demand has been so high for special events that tickets often sell out within a few hours.
“It is an exciting time at GSC, with lots of projects in the pipeline that will enhance and enrich the visitor experience at the Centre, reinforcing its 5 star status,” says Dr Breslin.
“A huge well done to everyone at Glasgow Science Centre on retaining its five-star status,” says Liz Buchanan MBE, regional partnerships director at VisitScotland. “The award is a testament to the hard work done by the team to deliver a unique and outstanding experience for visitors.”
“Our Quality Assurance scheme is world-leading and provides a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for visitors,” she continues, pointing out that the award is far more than just a star rating. “It is about the entire visitor experience and investing in the business to make it as economically sustainable and profitable as it can be.”