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Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

Explore over 3,000 objects and discover Glasgow’s transformation from maritime powerhouse to modern city, in this award-winning museum. The Riverside’s dramatic building is home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, ship models, trams and locomotives, as well as interactive displays and a recreated historic street scene. If you don’t want to travel far to the transport museum, get your visit off to a great start in the nearby Premier Inn.

Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

What's on

Housed in the dramatic Zaha Hadid designed building and sitting on the edge of the Clyde, you’ll make a grand entrance to the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel. Once you’re inside you’ll explore rooms full of transport treasures separated into nine areas: Streets, The River Clyde, Transport & Leisure, Made in Scotland, Looks & Fashion, Crossing the World, Cutting Edge, Disasters & Crashes and Getting There.

A firm favourite with visitors, make sure you take a trip back in time to the historic high street, which includes an Edwardian photography studio, a 1930s' Italian Café and a 1960s' garage.

Top tip

Check out whether any events are happening when you visit. From special exhibitions and photography to craft workshops and kids’ events, there’s always plenty going on to keep the whole family busy.

Getting there

Located on the north bank of the river, there are plenty of travel options to get you to the Riverside. It's a 30 minute drive from Glasgow Airport, approximately 1 hour on the train or bus.

Getting around

Get ready for your visit so you can make the most of the Riverside’s excellent exhibits.

The Riverside has all the facilities you would expect of a modern museum – toilets, baby changing facilities and a cloakroom for coats and small bags.

With the aim to make all areas accessible to everyone central to its vision, the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel is fully wheelchair accessible. There are also British Sign Language and Audio descriptions, and guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

Eating and drinking

Whether you want to grab a quick bite or sit down to a three course meal, you’ll find some excellent eating and drinking options on offer in and around the Riverside.

Curry dishes

At the museum

Head to the Café at the Riverside Museum for great food and views over the River Clyde. The café offers breakfasts, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and cakes, as well as more filling hot food. If the weather’s warm, enjoy your snack and meal outside on the terrace.

Drinking the best cocktails

In the city centre

If you head out of the museum for food or drink, you’ll find plenty of options in the north of the city centre. From traditional Scottish cuisine at Number 16 or Roastit Bubbly Jocks to paella at Elena’s or even curry at Balbir’s – the choice is yours!

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