Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

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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.

Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel


Essential information

Since opening in 1870, the park has become packed to the brim with things to do. Play a game of bowls on the green, head out for a round of golf, take your mountain bike for a ride or keep the kids busy in one of the playgrounds. The choice is yours!

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.

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.


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.


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.

Head to the Café at the Riverside Museum for great food and even better 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, why not enjoy your snack and meal outside on the terrace?

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!


Getting to Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

Located on the north bank of the river, there are plenty of travel options to get you to the Riverside.

By car
If you’re arriving by car, there are lots of spaces in the Pay & Display car park at the Riverside. It’s £1 for a 4 hour maximum stay and there are spaces reserved for blue badge holders, as well as parents with children.

By bus
Hop on the Glasgow Citybus 100 Riversider service, which runs every 30 minutes, and you’ll be dropped off right outside the Riverside Museum.

By train
With the nearest train station, Partick station, just a 10-minutes walk from the Riverside Museum, you’ll have no trouble arriving by train.


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