Art & Design School Trip to Glasgow

Housing one of Europe’s largest civic art collections, the city has a fantastic mix of world-class museums, galleries and award-winning visitor attractions [perfect for Art and Design school trips. Including visits to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Riverside Museum, with many free to visit. Don't forget to take in some attractions and architecture created by iconic architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.


Tour Day 1

Depart school and arrive in Glasgow late morning/ midday.
Visit the highly impressive Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and enjoy a half day curriculum 'Critical Journey's workshop on your chosen theme.
Enjoy an evening meal out at Hard Rock Café.

Tour Day 2

Visit the Gallery of Modern Art followed by a stop at the Lighthouse:Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture.
Spend some last minute free time after your museum visits in the city centre before departing on your coach back to school.


Glasgow has a number of good quality branded hostels and  hotels which are suitable for school groups. These include Premier Inns, Travel Lodges and Ibis hotels. They are all in excellent locations either in, or very close distance to the city centre.

Study Visits

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

One of Europe's great art collections. It is amongst the top three free-to-enter visitor attractions in Scotland and one of the most visited museums in the United Kingdom outside of London. WST can pre-book one of the below educational workshops for school groups.

Critical Journeys in Art Workshop At Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Half Day Session

Using Kelvingrove’s unique collection as a catalyst, this workshop will develop:

  • Skills in visual analysis of artworks
  • Analysis of design techniques, processes and concepts
  • Developing emotional responses to artworks
  • Constructing written responses
  • Understanding and effectively using art and design terminology

Popular topics include the French Impressionists, the Scottish Colourists, Abstract Art, Portraiture, Still Life and Glasgow Style and Decorative Arts.

Practical Art and Design at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Full-day session

This workshop will focus on both the research and practical skills required to assist in the development of robust design or expressive units. Pupils will be introduced to and analyse key works in Glasgow Museums’ collection, learning about different techniques employed by artists and designers. Pupils will then use first-hand sources to inform imaginative and original design solutions or to create unique pieces of expressive art.

Practical sessions include:

  • Painting from first-hand sources
  • Analytical drawing
  • Drawing and mark making
  • Developing design skills

Popular topics include the French Impressionists, the Scottish Colourists, Portraiture, Still Life, Glasgow Style and Decorative Arts. 

Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

GoMA collects and borrows work that highlights the interests, influences and working methods artists from around the world share with those from Glasgow. As the centre for Glasgow’s modern art collection, its changing displays are inspired by what the City owns. WST can pre-book one of the below educational workshops for school groups.

Workshop: Critical Journeys in Contemporary Art at GoMA

Within this session pupils will:

  • Become comfortable in the gallery and collect information via different media
  • Develop skills and the vocabulary to compare and contrast artworks
  • Explore what materials, ideas, and cultural context has shaped these works
  • Communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas in response to artwork
  • Feel comfortable with constructively challenging their peers’ opinions
  • Record these discussions with new technology, such as iPads

The learners will produce their own research and ideas sketch book to reflect on back in class. All digital documentation will be put on a disc for the teachers to use.

Riverside Museum

The multi-award winning Riverside Museum is home to over 3,000 objects that detail Glasgow’s rich past from its days as maritime powerhouse to a glimpse into daily Glasgow life in the early to mid 20th Century.

​Amongst the objects on display are everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams, velocipedes to voiturettes, vintage cars to a stormtrooper, there really is something to delight visitors of all ages. 

The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture

This visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue is situated in the heart of Glasgow, just off the Style Mile. The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland and promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events. The Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is the perfect place consider his work. 

The People's Palace

The People’s Palace, set in historic Glasgow Green, tells the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century.

Explore the city’s social history through a wealth of historic artefacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays. Get a wonderful insight into how Glaswegians lived, worked and played in years gone by. 

St Mungo Museum 

The award-winning St Mungo Museum is a haven of tranquillity in a bustling city. This museum is named after Glasgow's patron saint, who brought the Christian faith to Scotland in the 6th century.

The building was built in 1989 in Scottish baronial style by Ian Begg. It was designed to reflect the architecture of the Bishops’ Castle, the site of which is occupied by the museum. Its galleries are full of displays, artefacts and stunning works of art. They explore the importance of religion in peoples’ lives across the world and across time


Cultural Visits

Glasgow Science Centre

Fun, excitement and intrigue with free interactive science shows, fun workshops like 'Flame On' and 'Hand's On DNA', the amazing BodyWorks exhibition and three floors of fascinating displays showcasing science and life. Glasgow Science Centre is a world of wonder beside the Clyde.

Glasgow Cathedral

Just 10 minutes walk from the city centre, it’s the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation almost entirely intact. 

This magnificent example of Scottish Gothic architecture was built between the 13th & 15th centuries and is widely regarded as the high point of cathedral building in Europe.

Hampden Park Experience

The Hampden Experience will reveal the sights, sounds and stories of the world's favourite game, in the country that took football to the world. Spend a day enjoying Scotland's football heritage, remembering the legends that inspire the champions of today.

On the Stadium Tour you will visit the underground roadway, team changing rooms and have the speed of your shot electronically measured in the players warm up area. Due to works at the Stadium, the tours may be slightly restricted, please contact us for more information.

The Hunterian

The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow is one of the world's leading university museums and galleries and one of Scotland's greatest cultural assets. Located in Glasgow's west end, The Hunterian first opened in 1807, making it Scotland's oldest public museum.