Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions, presenting concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways to people of all ages.
Facilities for Car-Free Visitors
Hot and cold food and drink are available at the Science Centre.
Nearest Railway Station
NextBike cycle hire is available outside Central and Queen Street stations as well as many other locations across the city. Use it with our cycle directions below.
Arriving by Foot
The walking route from Exhibition Centre is off-road, using the covered walkway over the Clydeside Expressway, passing in front of the SECC, and then crossing the River Clyde on a pedestrian and cycle bridge. The walks from the bus and subway stops are through suburban areas on quiet streets and are shown in the section Arriving by Bus & Subway below.
Nearby Walking Routes
The Clyde Walkway runs the River Clyde by the Science Centre to New Lanark in South Lanarkshire.
Arriving by Bike
Two cycle routes are provided – a 2.3 mile cycle from Queen Street or Central stations and a 0.7 mile route from Exhibition Centre station.
The longer route provides a scenic and enjoyable cycle along the National Cycle Route 75/756 off-road paths beside the River Clyde. To get to the Clyde from Queen Street requires cycling down Buchanan Street which restricts motorised traffic but most of the time has large crowds of pedestrians who have priority over bikes. From Central station, you must go down the busy Union Street and Jamaica Street so you may want to walk the bike on the pavement. To get to the cycle path, it is then necessary to cross the dual-carriageway Broomielaw – again, walking on the pavement is likely to be preferable. From here, though, the route is entirely off-road.
The shorter cycle route from Exhibition Centre is entirely off-road.
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Download Clyde to Science Centre cycle route GPX (6KB)
Download Glasgow Queen Street to Clyde cycle route GPX (6KB)
Download Glasgow Central to Clyde cycle route GPX (4KB)
Download Exhibition Centre to Science Centre cycle route GPX (4KB)
Download Clyde to Science Centre cycle route PDF (7MB)
Download Glasgow Queen Street to Clyde cycle route PDF (9MB)
Download Glasgow Central to Clyde cycle route PDF (6MB)
Download Exhibition Centre to Science Centre cycle route PDF (6MB)
Nearest cycle parking
There is cycle parking in front of the entrance, shared with the NextBike cycle hire parking.
Cycle carriage on trains
Exhibition Centre station is served by local ScotRail trains which have either two or no dedicated spaces, but in all cases also allow cycles to be stored in the doorways (on the right side of the train). No reservations are necessary. Full details are contained in the ScotRail Connections Guide.
If travelling to Exhibition Centre via transfer at the main Glasgow stations of Central or Queen Street, note that these stations are also served by regional and intercity trains operated by ScotRail as well as CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, and Virgin Trains West Coast. These trains carry between two and six bicycles and intercity trains require a reservation, which can be made by contacting the train company or visiting a ticket office.
Nearby Cycle Routes
Arriving by Bus & Subway
NB: When choosing what bus service to use, we recommend taking a bus that serves the Pacific Drive stop or the 100 Riversider to the SECC. Pacific Drive is very close (0.2 miles) to the Science Centre; the 100 Riversider is not much further and provides the most pleasant and attractive walk. The routes are displayed on the map below.
Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC)
Paisley Road West
Routes to get to the Science Centre from the above stops are:
Download all bus & subway walking routes GPX (12KB)
Download SECC bus to Science Centre walking route GPX (3KB)
Download Pacific Drive bus to Science Centre walking route GPX (3KB)
Download Paisley Road bus to Science Centre walking route GPX (4KB)
Download Cessnock subway to Science Centre walking route GPX (4KB)
Download SECC bus to Science Centre walking route PDF (4MB)
Download Pacific Drive bus to Science Centre walking route PDF (3MB)
Download Paisley Road bus to Science Centre walking route PDF (8MB)
Download Cessnock subway to Science Centre walking route PDF (8MB)
Directions to the Bus Stops in Central Glasgow
- Glasgow Queen Street Station to the 100 Riversider
From the ticket gates, proceed straight ahead and use the exit marked George Square. Head straight ahead and at the street, turn left to cross the station drop-off drive. You are now at the pedestrian crossing to George Square. Cross into the square and walk straight ahead down the entire length of the square. At the pedestrian crossing on the south side of the square, cross over the street and turn left and the bus stop for the 100 Riversider is directly in front of you.
- Glasgow Queen Street Station to other buses
From the ticket gates, proceed straight ahead and use the exit marked George Square. Turn right when you reach the main street. The bus stops are ahead of you (one of them is across the Dundas Street side lane).
- Glasgow Central Station to all buses
From the ticket gates, walk forward and then look for the Union Street Exit on your right. Cross over Union Street and then turn right. Walk down the pavement until you get to the bus stops.
This information was believed to be correct at the date of publication of this website, 23 June 2015. We would encourage users of the site to check the public transport information presented above before setting off.