The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

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The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Riverside Museum is Glasgow's award-winning transport museum. With over 3,000 objects on display there's everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams and cars to a Stormtrooper. Get hands on with our interactive displays. Walk through Glasgow streets and visit the shops, bar and subway. Climb aboard a train, tram or bus and get a real feel for old public transport. Discover Glasgow's rich shipbuilding history, explore the car and motorbike walls and help put out a fire with our interactive fire engine. There are over 90 large touch screens panels full of images, memories and films that tell the fascinating stories behind the objects. There really is something for all ages to enjoy at the Riverside Museum.
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK1,840 contributions
Family
We visited (my oldest grandson who is 6 and myself) on a Saturday. The museum is fairly well sign-posted and there is plenty of on-site parking. The car park was about half full so the museum was busy. Parking is £1.60 per hour but entry to the museum (and the adjacent Tall Ship) is free.

Mask- wearing is compulsory though compliance was patchy. About 20% didn’t bother at all which is poor is an indoor environment with lots of kids.

The exhibits were as good as we remembered. As well as car, buses, trams, trains and ships, there is an old Glasgow street with a subway station and shops including a pub. A real taste of Old Glasgow.

The first floor coffee shop was closed but the main restaurant was open (but very busy so we didn’t bother).

It’s an enjoyable visit which you do at your own pace. We spent about an hour there. But you could easily spend a few hours looking at all the exhibits.

A good place to go.
Written January 15, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit!
Written June 26, 2022
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beee1986
Whitley Bay, UK187 contributions
Couples
This is a free museum but you can provide donations on entry. There is so much to see you could spend the whole day here. There is a coffee shop on site which was quite expensive but you can take your own food and drink in with you. There is also a tall ship outside of the museum which you can visit which takes an hour to go round the ship. There is also a cafe on the ship providing food and drink. Would highly recommend this museum
Written June 6, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written August 2, 2022
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Tim K
Glasgow, UK22 contributions
Had a week off from work so had a staycation. We rucked up to the museum only to be disappointed to find out you need to book 24 hours in advance. We knew it was free entry so didn’t think about booking….DOH! Thankfully there were places the next day so we booked and returned the next day.

We had been at the old Transport Museum and remember some negative reviews when this one opened up. I don’t know why it got negative reviews in the past as we both thought it was fantastic (and we both loved the old museum too). The setting on the Clyde is fantastic. Our favourite part is still the old Glasgow street. Because of COVID you couldn’t get inside the old trolleys but it was still good to just get up and wee them all. We went to the Tall Ship afterwards and enjoyed that as well.

There are two food stalls in front of the museum and we had lunch there afterwards. Loving setting.
If you have an electric car there are several charge points in the car park - including 2 rapid chargers. They appear to be heavily used, but people charge and go so it was easy to get charged up.
Written July 4, 2021
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Thanks so much for your lovely review Tim! We're really happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.
Written August 9, 2021
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shaneD151
East Grinstead, UK148 contributions
Solo
The museum is free to visit but again no direct public transport acess unless you are on the city sightseeing tour buses. You have to get the subway or train to partick and a long walk along a busy road

There is plenty to see but the main hall seems to be very cramed in

I have a "Hidden disability" that means I struggle to use a masks. I had my lanyard on show but as soon as I walked in I had a member of staff shouting at me to put a mask on I felt that was quite unprofessional considering its a tourist attraction if it was paid admission I would have got the manager and asked for a refund.i found this experience quite distressing
Written March 20, 2022
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Thank you for your review. We are sorry that you were left feeling distressed and do hope that this will not put you off a visit in the future.
Written August 2, 2022
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tabelmabel
Kinross, UK172 contributions
I know everyone is trying their best in covid times but the rapid museum emptying times at the day's end is causing me to leave what would normally be a 5 circle review attraction only 3 circles.

We had booked online in advance (which you have to do at the moment) but could only get the 4pm slot. We knew the place closed at 5 and just had an hour.

That was all understood and fine. What we didnt expect was to be evicted from the museum prior to 5.

At 4.45, a tannoy announces museum closing in 15 mins.

At 4.50, another tannoy announcement. Closing 10 mins

At 4.55, staff approach and tell you to leave.

Was most annoying as we were just finishing off the AV presentation about the Raleigh Chopper bikes which is very close to the exit door. Literally it would have taken all of 10 seconds to get from there and off the premises.

A man approached at 4.55 and told us to make our way to the exit. We hovered a few seconds more, then a lady told us to leave. Then the first man said we had to leave right away.

We were outside the building by 4.57.

I really think, with these booking times, a less rigid approach would be welcomed. The museum was quiet. We would have all been out of there by 5 of our own volition.

I would not advise taking the 4pm slot for this reason. 60 mins is enough time for a quick over view of everything but, really it is 55 mins tops you get and you cant really relax after 45 mins due to tannoy reminders.
Written June 27, 2021
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Sorry to hear that your visit was spoiled by the tannoy announcements. We start them at 1645 to give people the opportunity to use our toilet facilities prior to leaving, and also so our gallery assistants can sweep their areas thoroughly. Hopefully you can make it back for another visit some time.
Written July 8, 2021
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bulldog19
Port Talbot, UK466 contributions
Family
Well worth s visit especially if you are on the sight seeing bus from the city centre, it’s free as well so great in the current cost crisis.

Well laid out, great range of exhibits. Shop ok if tad expensive, but worth a hour or so
Written August 10, 2022
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Brightoncardinal
Lancing, UK250 contributions
Couples
The Covid cautious rules governing admittance are rather ridiculous, as you have to book at least 24 hours in advance online. No room it seems for a spur of the moment visit then unless you arrive on a city sightseeing trip presumably.
But once you're in this place is terrific. Superbly done, even if some of the exhibits can only be viewed from afar, like the cars up on the wall, or bikes and motorbikes similarly out of reach.
Covid again interferes with all the interactive exhibits and some of the walk on vehicles.
Cafe closed. Shop closed. But well worth a visit.
Written June 8, 2021
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Thanks very much for your review! We're hoping to reduce Covid restrictions as we move through the government approved levels. Hopefully you can visit again when we are fully operational.
Written July 8, 2021
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Eatlasagna
San Diego, CA10 contributions
So the only reason I went to this museum was because I was on a hop on hop off bus tour and they passed by this museum saying it was free. I honestly didn't know what kind of museum it was. I really should have done some research (well I should have read the entire museum because that transport part was vital.. haha).

Not that the information was bad, it just felt like rather average museum. Nothing stood out except for the fact that there was a lot going on... like a t-shirt that has a pattern that kind of makes you dizzy. There was just so much going on in here. I mean A LOT GOING ON. It's like they just through stuff together and kinda made it organized.

I do think that this is a wonderful museum to take kids because there's a lot for them to enjoy.

Not my cup of tea but good for families.
Written February 23, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are sorry that Riverside wasn't for you, but agree that we are a wonderful museum for families to enjoy, as well as for people who love transport!
Written June 26, 2022
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Colin C
Hua Hin, Thailand181 contributions
Super museum with a little of everything to keep the family happy but not so much that you can't fit it all in. We took the opportunity to tour the tall ship outside whilst we were there and that, too, was very interesting. We especially enjoyed the side rooms with displays of toys and games, clothing, the recreated old street of shopkeepers and their wares and the exhibition of trams, trolley buses as well as the vintage cars displayed on the wall - although unfortunately those at the very top were hard to see as they were so high up.

The building itself is quite impressive and I got a lovely shot of the tall ship reflected in the glass windows of the museum.

Excellent little cafe inside with very good food at reasonable prices and a gift shop with some nice bits and bobs as souvenirs as well as the usual postcards etc. Well worth a visit which took us about four hours or so as we took our time looking around.

To get there we went on the Hop On, Hop Off Bus tour which stops right outside the museum.
Written May 8, 2022
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Terri C
Ramsgate, UK19 contributions
Family
Firstly it's FREE to gain entry (although you pay for parking) so what's not to love about that! There is a cafe in the museum and in the tall ship.

Probably more of a half day out, but can stretch to a day if the weather is good and you take a picnic/have lunch there and take your time to absorbs everything.

Fab displays are well set out, some interactive exhibits and a walk through history. My boys love the steam trains (HUGE!!!!).

The tall ship outside is also free to get onto and has a cafe and small soft play on board, and there's a lift for wheelchair users to get down to it, most people leave their prams upstairs to save room. And lifts in the main museum so you can access the upper floors.

A great budget friendly day out.
Written February 12, 2020
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Thanks very much for leaving your kind review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your day with us.
Written February 16, 2020
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