FantasyCon 2019 – Things to do in Glasgow and Clydebank

Born from a shipyard company town in the 1870s, Clydebank has a rich history. If you’re looking to take a break from the con, whether to grab a bite to eat or explore the local area, you’re sure to find plenty to interest you. Here are some of the attractions, activities and eateries to look out for.

Those going in search of an evening drink will find an extensive beer, gin and cocktail menu just 10 minutes’ walk from the convention hotel at The Cabin Inn (474 Dumbarton Road). It doesn’t serve food, but a few doors down, The Park Bar (421-23 Dumbarton Road) offers affordable pub fare from 1-8pm (last orders 7:30pm), with a quiz on Fridays.

Mexita (468 Dumbarton Road) is another eatery within easy walking distance of the con. Its Mexican-Italian menu includes vegetarian options, and if you’d rather eat in your hotel room, it has a takeaway menu too. There are also several Indian restaurants nearby, of which the best rated on Google is Diva Buffet (7 Stewart Street). It was a Good Food Award winner in 2014 and has both a sit-in buffet and a takeaway menu.

For those who enjoy retail therapy, Clyde Shopping Centre (Clyde House, 170 Kilbowie Road) is an 8-minute drive away. Boasting a multiplex cinema, a range of high street shops and restaurants (Matzaluna Pizza comes particularly highly recommended), and free Wi-Fi throughout the building, it’s a good option for a rainy day. There’s a Shopmobility centre on-site and free-to-hire wheelchairs for wheelchair users.

If it’s sunny, head to Dalmuir Public Park (9 Overtoun Road) for a riverside walk, a play area for the kids, and beautiful landscaped gardens complete with waterfalls and a duck pond. Another option is the entertainingly named Jurassic Parrr! Adventure Golf course. It’s 10-minutes’ drive from the convention hotel and has both free parking and a nice-looking café.

Further afield

In Glasgow city centre you’ll find a wealth of cultural excursions. Many of these are free to enter, including the Glasgow Botanic Gardens (730 Great Western Road) and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (Argyle Street), which is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop. The Glasgow Science Centre is a great attraction for families, with its own IMAX cinema, planetarium, and the chance to see panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscape from the top of Glasgow Tower, Scotland’s tallest freestanding building. The city also plays host to several escape rooms: Locked In gets very high reviews, and their Glasgow School of Magic game is kid-friendly.

The convention hotel is 20-40 minutes away from the centre of Glasgow by car or public transport , but you can get a train straight from Dalmuir (the nearest station) to Exhibition Centre or Glasgow Central Station. Alternatively, you can take the 1A or 1B bus services from the stop on Caledonia Street, 10 minutes from the convention hotel.

Other useful info
Taxis: Clydebank Taxis – 0141 952 5055 (wheelchair accessible vehicles available)
Nearest convenience store: 571 Dumbarton Rd, Clydebank G81 4DL (has a cash point outside)
Nearest supermarket: Dalmuir Co-operative, 8 Dunn St, Clydebank G81 4BQ (has a Post Office)
Nearest pharmacy: Lloyds Pharmacy, 770-772 Dumbarton Road

Handy links
The Skinny lists cultural events, places to eat and things to do in Glasgow: https://www.theskinny.co.uk/whats-on/glasgow
The Visit Scotland website has lots of great ideas for activities and days out: https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/glasgow/
Tripadvisor has ratings and reviews for all things Clydebank: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Home-g186587

By Louise Carey, with thanks to Shona Kinsella.