Take the ferry to the Riverside Museum

20 Jun 2011

The new Govan Ferry across the Clyde will be available from 21st June, providing a regular service to the Riverside Museum. The historic ferry route was a regular crossing from 1734 until the Clyde Tunnel opened in 1966.

A passenger ferry service between Govan and the Riverside Museum will begin tomorrow as the Riverside Museum opens to the public.

Passenger ferry services on this route stopped after more than 230 years in 1966, due to the opening of the Clyde Tunnel.

The service will operate from the new pontoon at Water Row in Govan to the Riverside Museum, sited where the rivers Kelvin and Clyde meet.  It will cross the Clyde at 20 minute intervals, or even more regularly if demand dictates.

Glasgow City Council has recently built the Water Row and Yorkhill Quay Pontoons on either side of the Clyde and has created a new Kelvin Harbour beside the Riverside Museum.  

The pontoons will in future be used by the Seaplane service that is based in the Clyde, travelling to locations all over the west of Scotland.  

In addition to the Govan Ferry, a Glasgow - Braehead ferry service will also stop at the Riverside Museum, using the Yorkhill Quay Pontoon.

New work on the public realm - featuring stainless steel furniture, granite setts and Caithness stone paving - has been carried out on the Govan side of the crossing, with more environmental improvements to be made from the end of 2011.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The return of the Govan Ferry after a 45-year absence marks another stage in the regeneration of the River Clyde and Govan, increasing and improving links between the north and south of the city.  The crossing of the Clyde from the south bank of the river seems a very apt and interesting way to travel to the Riverside Museum."

About the ferry

Travel by car to the south side of the Clyde at Govan or take the Subway to Govan station, then make the short walk down Water Row to the pontoon and take the ferry across the river.

The new ferryboat, operated by Clyde Clippers, has space for 33 passengers.  It will sail between 9.55am - 5.05pm daily (10.55am - 5.05pm Friday / Sunday).

Govan Regeneration

Further public realm works are planned at Water Row - complementing the recent refurbishment of Govan Cross. The programme of works will take place over the winter of 2011/12.

Other interesting buildings close to the crossing points of the Govan Ferry include Govan Old Parish Church - a place of worship since the Sixth Century - and the Pearce Institute.

A number of housing projects are also underway in the area, all part of the Central Govan Action Plan.

Project details