Make the Most of Scotland’s Festival of Museums

With Scotland’s Festival of Museums fast approaching, now is the perfect time to enjoy the country’s art, history and heritage in a series of unique settings.

From live music and torch-lit tours, to expert talks and special presentations, Glasgow is set to host many of the festival’s events from Friday 19 until Sunday 21 May, offering a glimpse into Scotland’s past.

Helping families from across London and the South East to make the most of the festival, overnight train service Caledonian Sleeper has listed some of Glasgow’s best historical sights and activities that are sure to excite all ages.

Meet the Piper

The Museum of Piping at the National Piping Centre is offering a uniquely Scottish experience where visitors will be able to learn about the history of bagpipes, enjoy a performance or two and even have a chance to try it themselves.

Located in Glasgow’s city centre, the Museum’s resident piper will take visitors through the exciting history of Scotland’s national instrument, before giving a live performance and offering the opportunity for visitors to try their hand at the pipes in a one hour experimental musical tour.

The museum will also be putting on a piping-themed quiz as well as providing colouring-in for younger aspiring pipers. For more information about the events which take place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May, visit

Sailors and Their Dark Sides

To celebrate the opening of a new exhibition looking at the history of piracy and smuggling, the famous restored Victorian sailing ship ’The Tall Ship’ will be hosting a weekend of pirate-themed events.

Located by the city’s Riverside Museum, the Tall Ship will have the PUBCAT pirate re-enactment group on board for the weekend, giving live musket firing demonstrations and showcasing some authentic swash-buckling.

Visitors will also have the chance to learn about and handle parrots and other exotic birds with Animal Magic Parrots. And for those looking to achieve the authentic pirate look, face-painting and liquid latex scars will be available.  

For more information on the ‘Sailors and their Dark Sides’ event which takes place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May, visit

Spirits of the Tenements

Visitors to the Spirits of the Tenements event at Tenement House will find themselves transported back to the late Victorian period of mediums, psychics and spiritualists with this unique look into Glasgow’s history.

This tour of the famous Tenement House in Glasgow’s West End will find visitors settling into the gas-lit parlour for an unearthly performance by “Murray the Mindreader”, a professional mindreader, astrologer and psychic, where Murray will demonstrate the fortune telling tricks and techniques of the era.

To learn more about the event which takes place on the eve of the Festivals of Museums on Thursday 19 May, visit

To find out more about the Caledonian Sleeper or to make a reservation, visit

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