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“Tall ship - free!!”

The Tall Ship at Riverside
Ranked #16 of 284 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Tall Ship at Riverside is one of Glasgow's most unique visitor attractions! Rated as 4 Star visit by Visit Scotland we aim to transport you back to when the SV Glenlee was an operating cargo ship. Built on the River Clyde in 1896 is one of only 5 of her kind still afloat in the world today and she is the only one in the UK. Climb aboard for this rare opportunity to explore every nook and cranny of the ship including the Captain's Cabin, Children's Play Area, Engine Room and the Cargo Hold Cinema. Take a tour of the ship using our Audio Guide facility and enjoy a coffee while you browse for souvenirs.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Loads to see on this wonderful old ship. However did 300 people survive living together on this vessel. Interesting to see the old cabins, workshops, galley etc. Much bigger inside than it looks - really enjoyed investigating all the decks. Cafe on board and in adjoining museum, brilliant that both this and the museum are free to enter.

1  Thank Rosemary C
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I was there as part of a team building exercise. It was spacious, very good for sound and (as we later found out) free, so it's a pretty good deal.

There is a cafe near by, but I think the prices are a little higher than normal.

1  Thank SerenKimbo
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We took my son to the tall ship, as he is absolutely obsessed with pirates and honestly believes that this ship was used by pirates!!

We purchased the guide book at reception for £4. Considering there is no charge for this attraction I think it was reasonable! We were asked to queue for no more than 5 minutes as the ship was at capacity for visitors. This really wasn't a problem!

The various parts of the ship are labelled and some exhibits left as they would have been e.g. The crew cabins, the captains cabin etc, which definitely help enhance the experience. As part of the guide book, my son was given a sheet to try to find the rats on board.... He loved doing that!

On one of the lower decks there was a small play area with pirate dressing up gear. There was also a cinema screen but that wasn't working when we went. Obviously there is a cafe and gift shop too!

As a previous review mentioned, some of the decks are not suitable for disabled access, but most seemed to be! We were on the tall ship for an hour or so then went into the riverside museum.

Overall, this place is definitively worth a visit!!

Thank acldwll
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Have been to the transport museum a couple of times but was never that interested in The Tall Ship- well I can tell you I was very wrong. The deck is really interesting with plenty to see but what stunned me was the two levels below which takes you into the old cargo holds- WHAT A SIZE!!! it is only when you go below you fully appreciate the scale of this ship. While we were there someone was having a kids's birthday party- what a great idea! There is even a soft play area for the little ones where they can walk the plank. Like the transport museum this is free so remember to put something into the donation box .

Thank christinedumbarton
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Barque GLENLEE built on the Clyde in 1896 is a gem of an exhibit beautifully restored with disabled access to virtually the whole of the main deck area and cargo holds with a lift installed giving wheelchair access to four decks. The poop and fore decks are unfortunately not accessible to wheelchair users but please do not let this put you off from visiting this free visitor attraction.

As mentioned, there is no charge for access but there is a cafe and gift shop with reasonable prices located one deck down from the weather deck with full lift access and the revenue from this, donations, functions and events held on board help toward the vessels upkeep,

There is a cinema on board showing the 1929 film of the four masted barque PEKING voyaging from Germany to Chile and rounding Cape Horn, If not already seen this film brings into full focus the hardships endured by the crews and yet the artistry and beauty of these ships under full sail and in unbelievable weather and sea conditions.

If you are visiting Glasgow this is an attraction that, if visited, you will remember.

2  Thank stontamar
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