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“A piece of engineering history.”
Review of Clydebank Titan

Clydebank Titan
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Clydebank
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 10, 2014

Decided to do this on the way back from the Commonwealth Games. It was just a shame we chose such a dull day as the view from the top of the crane on a clear day must be brilliant. Not the easiest place to find as it's quite well signposted on the way out of Glasgow but the signs are hidden if you're travelling the other way. It is confusing as you work your way through the office blocks in the Business Park, passed all the bungee jumping signs, until you eventually find the ticket office tucked away in the corner quite a long way from the crane itself, which they take you to in a minibus. The trip in the minibus also includes a recorded commentary and the driver slowed down or stopped at various points along the route so we could get a better look at what was being described. We were surprised at how cheap it was, just £3.95 each for concessions.

At the crane we were met by one of the guides, who was very pleasant and chatty but didn't have a great deal of technical knowledge about the crane but simply told us about when it was in use, the ships it was used on and when it was restored. In fact the lady in the Ticket Office seemed to have a much better knowledge than the actual guides. There is a small display in the Visitor Centre at the foot of the crane and they show a video of the history of Glasgow and its shipyards. It pays to spend some time watching the video first as you can then relate it to what you see from the top of the crane.

Not for everyone if you don't like heights or being quite exposed at height. You are surrounded by full height steel mesh barriers but the floor is also steel mesh, so you also get a clear view of the ground underneath. Despite the weather a fascinating look into part of Glasgow's history. It seems such a shame that they have had to resort to commercialising this to the extent of offering bungee jumping to make it pay its way. Really takes away some of the glory and majesty from such a piece of engineering history.

Thank Tony P
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

Don't miss the Titan Crane It is huge part of Clydebank History on the River Clyde where the QE2 and Queen Mary were built

1  Thank Jack428
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

What a great view from the top of the Titan crane, all that remains of John Browns famous shipyard which built the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2, as well as the battleship HMS Hood. The staff (probably all volunteers) are helpful and friendly. Our guide Gordon was a mine of information and so enthusiastic, he had worked for the company that built the crane. We were one of the first groups of the day at 10am, which was excellent timing as the wonderful old paddle steamer Waverley, came past at 10.30! Although only open at weekends this is a great attraction for anyone interesting in recent history.

Thank YorkshireLass
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

The crane is a grand old powerhouse of days gone by. I really enjoyed going up and see it from a crane operators point of view. Walking the jib is an absolute thrill, but judging by the faces of some, maybe not for everyone. Respect to its builders and operators. The small exhibition below gives you an impression of the achievements of the crane and the yard.
It is obvious that this crane would not exist anymore if it did not have the commercial use for abseilers and bungee jumpers. Although very brave, it does take a chip of the glamour away from the crane. All together good for an hour or two family fun but maybe not with infants, or for less physically able elderly. Also possibly not the best choice on a cold and or windy day.
Keep a sharp lookout for the road signs if looking for the crane. It is easy to miss one and see different parts of Clydebank than intended.
Service is good and friendly but is it worth the price if I were not very much into shipbuilding history?

2  Thank sander_bastiaan
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

Me and the mrs paid a visit to the titan crane today. Firstly the signage leading to the crane was very poor and the layout of the area confusing. Eventually after going around in circles for 10 minutes we came across a small office the size of a portakabin. This was the ticket office, and what actually happens is that you need to park your car here, purchase your tickets and they send a bus around to get you. On the 5 minute bus journey they play a cd which gives you a quick talk about the crane and the shipyard. Once you reach the crane you are met by a guide who tells you about men who built the crane then you go up the lift to the top. Most disappointing, there are a few information boards which tell you about the crane when it was built etc,. The information is sparse to say the least. I have no idea how the crane actually works although there are still some remains of its workings. The views are excellent and there are free binoculars. All in all I see no reason to stay at the top for more than 10 mins. Back down below there is a tiny visitor centre which was full of folk who were getting prepped for a bungee jump. It was difficult to move around this small room and read the information boards about the great ships that were built at the yard. Also on offer are some models of said ship, if you can squeeze by to look at them. The gents toilet was not working and a sign said to use the disabled toilet. Where it's location is I don't know.
All in all it was a worthwhile visit and cheap at £4.95. Be prepared for a quick visit.

Thank Johnboysupergolf
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