Clyde Waterfront




The early 20th century saw the birth of massive shipbuilding along the River Clyde in Glasgow, fueled by World Wars I and II.  The Cunard shipping line was founded here, and renowned liners such as the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, QE2 and the Royal Yacht Britannia were all built along the river.  By the 1940s, the river was filled with cargo ships and pleasure boats.  This all ended in the 1960s when Glasgow entered a period of economic decline, taking the shipbuilding industry with it.


The regeneration of the River Clyde corridor has totally transformed the waterfront skyline of Glasgow, creating a more diverse area than the one that existed in the early 1900s, encompassing financial services, medical science, creative industries, leisure and tourism.  From the Titan Clydebank, an outstanding view of the area can be seen by taking the lift to the top of one of Scotland’s largest cranes. 


The district now contains the Glasgow Science Center, which has become one of Scotland’s most popular attractions, and includes an IMAX, science mall, planetarium and virtual science theatre.  The Riverside Museum, which was designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid and which won the European Museum of the Year award in 2013, is Glasgow’s new museum of transport, exhibiting cars, bicycles and a variety of items including skateboards, prams and locomotives from Glasgow’s past.  Life at sea can be experienced by touring the Tall Ship Glenlee, and visitors can ski on Scotland’s first indoor ski slope at Xscape.  To add to the mix, Springfield Quay includes a cinema, restaurants, casino, and bowling alley.


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