Glasgow's most-visited attraction is an entertaining museum of transport set in a vibrant modern building on the banks of the Clyde. Its substantial interior holds every conceivable variety of vehicle from locomotives to bicycles; kids are in heaven here as they explore the variety. Outside, the beautiful three-masted Tall Ship provides another thrill.
Set on the site of one of Glasgow's most prominent former shipyards, A & J Inglis, the striking museum was designed by Zaha Hadid. The front and back facades have enormous visual impact, with the building's zinc cladding zigzagging across the top of vast dark glass windows.
This recreated cobbled street is an atmospheric display of shops as they would have appeared in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Pop in to admire the saddler, pawnbrokers, portrait photographer and more. There's a pub, too, of course.
Wall of Cars
Three levels of motor vehicles are dramatically displayed on one wall of the museum. This 'Wall of Cars' highlights Scottish-made vehicles, such as the iconic Hillman Imp. While it's certainly a spectacular way to display them, you don't get a very good look at the topmost ones. There's a similar wall of motorcycles at the other end of the museum.
The small, meandering upstairs floor can be a welcome retreat from the echoing downstairs hubbub. The key sight up here is the Ship Conveyor, where beautiful models of famous ships built along the Clyde sail gracefully past your eyes.
The Tall Ship
Docked outside the museum, the elegant sailing ship, Glenlee, was built on the Clyde and launched in 1896. It had an interesting history, operating as a cargo ship until 1922 and ending its seagoing days as a training ship in the Spanish navy. There are three decks to explore, as well as a cafe.