Flights booked! eeek- now I'm excited. Not going to tell DS till MUCH nearer the date. We won't have much time outside velodrome, a couple of hours on fri aftenoon and a couple of hours on Sunday morning.
Good to know about playpark and transport museum. Is there a bus company website with route map?
Brilliant play park on Glasgow Green, near the Peoples Palace. There's also a nice one in Kelvingrove Park, West End. The Kelvingrove Museum is always worth a visit and the new Riverbank (transport) museum is a little boy magnet, also free. Plenty of places to eat in city centre and west end. I dont know the area near the velodrome well but I wouldn't wander about there at night - probably cos I don't know it, cos I've never really felt unsafe in Glasgow in anyplace Ive lived here.
The velodrome is in the east end, at Parkhead. There are some really good reasonably priced hotels in the city centre - EasyHotel and Citizen M, as well as the usual travelodges etc.
There is a great park at Glasgow Green and my nephew (who's the same age as your DS) lives the Science Centre, transport museum etc. I'd normally avoid the velodrome area at night, but I know all three days have sold out so it will be busy and safe when you're leaving the event.
I think City centre hotel or SYHA may be best bet, we will have a bit of time to explore on the Sunday and 6 year will need to find a playground. Is there still a good park by the peoples palace of whatnot... Its been a VERY long time since I visited Glasgow as a teenager.
I got the impression that the Velodrome was not in the heart of tourist town.
Is it the new Velodrome at Celtic Park? If we're being brutally honest, I wouldn't stay anywhere near there- it comes under places to avoid! I'd stay in the city centre and take a taxi out, maybe the bus during the day.
I'd avoid staying at the top end of Sauchiehall Street, it's where all the pubs and clubs are. Really the West End is the nicest play to stay, but of course the velodrome will be on the other side of the city.
So, I'm planning on visiting Glasgow with DS (age 6) as spectators at the Velodrome for the UCI world cup in November. Which bits of the city Can one get to easily by public transport from the New Velodrome? and which bits are best avoided late at night if your from out of town with a small tired kid in tow.
by the by - I may have a spare ticket if any ones interested.