The city’s new Riverside Museum at Pointhouse Quay on the banks of the Clyde opened on June 21st. It replaces the city’s much-loved Museum of Transport and is worth a visit just to see the building, designed by the award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. It really is a work of art.
The huge space (the size of 7 Olympic-size swimming pools) is full of trams, trains, fire engines, gypsy caravans, motorbikes, cars and there’s an impressive display of bicycles suspended from the ceiling.
You can wander into the shops and establishments on the cobbled streets – there’s an Italian café, a pub and a photography studio where you can get your photo taken. And watch out for the the horses pulling the old Victorian funeral carriage at the entrance to the street – they look so real!
The area upstairs is devoted to the city’s shipbuilding heritage but don’t miss the Tall Ship, The Glenlee, moored outside on her new berth on the quay. Having been refurbished for the opening of the museum, there’s now much more to explore.
Leave at least half a day for your visit to Riverside Museum and The Glenlee. A shorter visit wouldn’t do these fabulous attractions justice.
The nearest underground station is Partick. Pointhouse Quay is a ten-minute walk away.