Introduction

Once a thriving shipbuilding area, the Clyde sank into dereliction during the post-war era but has been subject to extensive rejuvenation. There are noteworthy sights along the river, though the walk along its banks still isn't all that it could be.

Beyond it, the Southside is a busy web of roads dotted with sizeable parks. It's an intriguingly multicultural part of Glasgow, with temples and mosques alongside sturdy episcopal churches. It's got an up-and-coming food scene and thriving cultural centres. Several excellent attractions are also dotted across the area.

Explore

The two principal attractions on the Clyde, the Riverside Museum and the Glasgow Science Centre, are family-friendly affairs that could absorb children (and adults) for several hours each, particularly the latter. It's under a mile's walk between them via the Clydeside Distillery.

The Southside's attractions, several of which are architecturally notable buildings, are widely spread out, so time planning your route will be well spent. Some attractions are accessible via the subway; others are better reached by train or bus. The famous Burrell Collection is due to reopen in 2020; aim to spend at least half a day there.

Highlights

  • Glasgow Science Centre Entering an amazing world of discovery at this riverbank museum that will delight all ages.
  • Riverside Museum Boarding the beautiful Tall Ship and investigating generations of vehicles in Zaha Hadid's striking Clydeside building.
  • House for an Art Lover Marvelling at Charles Rennie Mackintosh's interior and exterior design skills here and at Scotland Street School Museum.
  • Pollokshaws Road Investigating the thriving eating and drinking scene along this long artery, making stops at excellent spots like Glad Cafe along the way.
  • Seaforce Churning up some white water on an adrenaline-boosting powerboat trip on the Clyde.

Top Tips

Many of the Southside's attractions have regular events happening, so it's worth looking up their websites before you arrive in Glasgow so a visit can coincide with them.