The Riverside Museum is home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, ship models, trams and locomotives. Interactive displays and the hugely popular historic Glasgow street scene bring the objects and stories to life.
Facilities for Car-Free Visitors
The Museum has a café serving hot and cold food and drinks. Luggage storage facilities are also available.
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 walk from Partick station is entirely off-road, following National Cycle Route 7 and then taking a spur under the Clydeside Expressway to reach the museum.
Nearby Walking Routes
The Clyde Walkway runs from Partick (and the Riverside Museum) to New Lanark in South Lanarkshire.
Arriving by Bike
Two cycle routes are provided:
– A 2.5 mile cycle from Queen Street or Central stations
– A half mile route from Partick station.
The longer route provides a scenic and enjoyable cycle along the National Cycle Route 7/75/756 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 Partick is entirely off-road, following National Cycle Route 7 and then taking a spur under the Clydeside Expressway to reach the museum.
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Download Clyde to Riverside Museum cycle route GPX (9KB)
Download Glasgow Queen Street to Clyde cycle route GPX (6KB)
Download Glasgow Central to Clyde cycle route GPX (4KB)
Download Partick to Riverside Museum cycle route GPX (6KB)
Download Clyde to Riverside Museum cycle route PDF (9MB)
Download Glasgow Queen Street to Clyde cycle route PDF (9MB)
Download Glasgow Central to Clyde cycle route PDF (6MB)
Download Partick to Riverside Museum cycle route PDF (6MB)
Nearest cycle parking
Cycle parking is available directly to the right of the museum building.
Cycle carriage on trains
Partick station is served by local ScotRail trains which do not have dedicated spaces but 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 Partick 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
Partick: walking directions to the museum provided in Arriving by Foot, above
Directions to the Bus Stops in Central Glasgow
From Glasgow Queen Street Station
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.
From Glasgow Central Station
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 bus stop UA which lists the Glasgow CityBus 100.
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.