Glasgow Museums

September 20, 2016

Another lovely day.  Slightly overcast but not too cold.

We had a quick breakfast in up on Suchiehall ( the main road just above us) and walked down the hill to catch the Glasgow Hop-on Hop-off bus down near the waterfront.

We almost missed the bus!  You have to wave them down, they don’t automatically stop!

We got on and had a lovely live guide giving us insights into the areas we were driving through.  Fascinating tidbits of information delivered quite wittily.

We decided to get off the bus at the Riverside Museum.  This was described as a transportation museum. Admission is free, as it is at all Glasgow museums.

Well this was a happy surprise. Neither of us were prepared for just how amazing this museum is!

Trains, cars, carriages, dog carts, trams, trolleys, buses, motorhomes, subways, motorcycles, bicycles, skateboard, boats, canoes, and even prams!

Ancient and new!  Some great film clips here and there on the history of the item(s).  David was particularly taken with a trailer home that belonged to a family that lived and travelled in it for 30 years.  Rosewood interiors, a huge kitchen and even a ‘fire place’.  I was smitten with the 1880s subway car. img_4260 All hardwoods and padded seats.  They played a little black and white film recreating the era on a wee screen at the far end of the car, so it seemed like you were riding along and listening to their conversations.

Behind the museum is the tall ship Glenlee, a ship originally built on the Clyde river here in Glasgow in the 1880s.  We clambered over this piece of history that has been beautifully restored.   The Glaswegians have such a sense of humour that they coyly placed little rat  figures in various places of the boat.

David tried out one of the beds.  I think he may have been too tall to be a crew member on the ship.

We finished off this visit with an ice cream cone as we waited for the next bus. Yum.

Next stop is the lovely Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

A gorgeous building in a lovely area.  Some good displays and a bit of French and Dutch art as well as  a big collection of the “Glasgow Boys” artists.  These are similar to our Group of Seven in Canada.  They captured various portraits of Scottish life and landscapes.

There were also a few dinosaurs, animal taxidermies and even a collection of Egyptian art and artifact including a mummy and sarcophagus.

After this we took the bus to the other side of the city and alighted near the Cathedral.

We snapped some pics and decided to walk down to Tennents the brewery to see if we could do a  tour!  It was a bit of a walk, but when we found it there was no mistaking it!

Unfortunately we had missed the tour and the next wasn’t until 6 pm.  We watched a few silly commercials, took some pics and then walked back to the next available stop for our bus.

The tour took us out a bit further but we decided not hop off anymore as most things were closing for the day.  I would highly recommend the tour, but try and get one of the live guided buses! Very funny and lots of good information about the city and history.

The beautiful Glasgow University area:

Great buildings.  They say when you are in Glasgow, be sure to look up!

Glaswegianisms:  Squinty Bridge (squinty – not being straight) not the real name of the bridge!  img_4244The Armadillo and the Rotunda buildings.  The Armadillo is not the real name, but the profile of the building (no pic) gives the impression of an Armadillo..


A great day.  We saw a lot of great places!




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