Several major tourist attractions will be closed during COP26


Several of Glasgow’s major tourist attractions will close during the UN climate summit taking place on the banks of the Clyde.

Glasgow Life, which manages the city’s cultural and leisure venues, announced that six venues would be closed to “minimize disruption” during COP26.

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Transport Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art will be closed for the duration of the conference.

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The Modern Art Gallery

A statement from the organization said COP26 would have an “inevitable” impact on operations in the city.

But across sites that have reopened since the easing of coronavirus restrictions, Glasgow Life said it hoped to “run business as usual wherever possible”.

Glasgow Life, which runs the venues on behalf of the City Council, said it lost £38million due to venue closures during the pandemic.

Hundreds of jobs are to be cut in the organization that runs libraries and sports centers, due to its financial difficulties.

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Riverside Museum

Glasgow is expected to see ‘extreme’ traffic disruption as much of the city center is due to be locked down during the UN climate summit.

COP26 is hosted by the River Clyde at the Scottish Exhibition Center and routes around the area will be closed before the conference as well as during, between October 31 and November 12, and after.

In addition to pressure from road users, up to 100,000 people are expected to take part in a militant march on November 6, with other “unofficial fringe activities” possible throughout the twelve days.

The Riverside Museum will be closed from Saturday October 23 to Tuesday November 16, the doors of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be closed from October 28 to November 14 and the downtown Gallery of Modern Art will close on October 31. will not reopen until November 14.

Kelvin Hall will be closed from October 28 to November 1 and the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Center will also be closed from October 31 to November 2.

The People’s Palace, which is closed for “essential maintenance”, will remain closed to the public.

The Emirates Arena will remain open throughout but may be busier than usual as some areas will support the COP26 delivery.

Glasgow Life said all dates were subject to change citing the demands of the climate summit and the large security operation surrounding the event.


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