Glasgow Tower at the Science Centre: Does it work and when will it reopen?

By Gary Armstrong

The Glasgow Science Centre Tower will reopen to visitors next summer, it has been confirmed.

Glasgow Live reached out to the team at the Science Centre to find out the latest on the tower, which has dominated the city skyline since opening 20 years ago.

The tower has previously experienced engineering and safety issues since first welcoming visitors back in 2021, however, the Science Centre say it is currently working fully.

The structure has been closed to the public during the coronavirus pandemic due to social distancing requirements, while it is not open to tours every winter, hence the summer 2022 reopening date.

When asking for an update, Peter Chua from Glasgow Science Centre said: "Glasgow Tower is working and will reopen in summer 2022. It has been closed this year due to requirements around social distancing. We close the tower each winter, and this year is the same."

And, giving comment on long-held views the tower doesn't work, Peter explained that's not the case.

He said: "There is a long-held misconception that Glasgow Tower doesn't work. If it's expected to be windy, we have to close the tower. If the wind speed goes beyond 40mph, the lifts automatically go back down as a safety measure.

"We want everyone to enjoy Glasgow Tower, but safety has to come first - whether it's about social distancing for coronavirus, or wind speed."

We look forward to taking a trip to the top of the tower in the summer.

For more about the Science Centre and the Glasgow Tower, including a video explaining how the structure works, you can visit their website here.


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