Visiting the waterfront

As regeneration has transformed the waterfront the area has become a focus for tourism.

Some of Glasgow's most popular visitor attractions are located along the River Clyde. The Riverside Museum on the north bank and the Glasgow Science Centre of the south are just two of the city's must-see attractions.  SECC is a major focus for business tourism and The SSE Hydro is poised to become one of the world's leading venues.

The Waverley paddle steamer sails past Newshot Island nature reserve

River Clyde Glasgow

For centuries, the River Clyde was the lifeblood of Scotland's largest commercial centre. Now regeneration is turning it back into a destination.

The building of the Queen Mary, image courtesy of THe Mitchell Library/Culture & Sport Glasgow

Our proud industrial past

Shipbuilding was the main industry along the Clyde for around 150 years, but began to decline following the Second World War.

Yachts in the Canting Basin at Pacific Quay

On the water

With improved access to the river, watersports opportunities are beginning to develop, along with river trips to explore the rich heritage of this stretch of the Clyde.

'Rise' sculpture at Glasgow Harbour

Creativity on the Clyde

Arts and culture are flourishing amongst the Clyde Waterfront developments. New arts centres, public art and cultural activities are all part of the regeneration.

Festival goers at Pacific Quay and SECC

Leisure attractions

Excellent leisure facilities include a growing number of hotels as well as plenty of alternatives for how to spend your time beside the river.

Buchanan Street is one of Glasgow's main shopping streets

Glasgow retail

Glasgow has the UK's best shopping centre after London. Come and discover the high street brands and designer labels in Scotland's style mile.

Al fresco dining on the banks of the Clyde

Eating and drinking

Hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. There's plenty of choice on offer whether you're looking for a relaxed meal or a quick bite to eat.

New roads are being built to improve connectivity


By creating sustainable links - including bridges across the river - the full effects of the River Clyde's regeneration can be enjoyed and shared by everyone.