Cafe Times / Announcements

General Opening Times: 

We are open all year round and doors open at 10.00am daily

Summer Opening: 

1st February- 29th October 10am-5pm, last admission 4.30pm 

Winter Opening: 

30th October - 31st January 10am-4pm, last admission 3.30pm 

Our office is open for bookings and enquiries Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
For further information please call 0141 357 3699 or email

*The Tall Ship reserves the right to alter opening and closing times without prior notice.

Captain's Blog Relaunch!We have some plans afoot to relaunch the Captain's Blog, where you will be able to read historical information from the Ship's original log books!  Watch this space!

May Newsletter from The Tall ShipSummer Events Programme

 Art Sale and Exhibition 

Friday 18th May, 6pm-9pm. 

In association with Festival of Museums, The Tall Ship and Bespoke Art Gallery cordially invite you to join us onboard for a unique opportunity to view and purchase original artwork by local artists. View stunning artworks in an original setting, listen to live music and enjoy a fully licensed bar.
by email:
by phone: Lisa Gaston on 0141 357 3699



Late Night Opening

Saturday 19th May, in association with  Festival of Museums

To celebrate Scotland's Festival of Museums (18-20 May), The Tall Ship will be open until 8pm.  Enjoy a rare evening visit and relax with your favourite tipple on board. 

Diamond Jubilee: Afternoon Tea at The Tall Ship
Jubilee Weekend: Sat 2nd-Tue 5th June,12pm- 4pm.
Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, with a delicious afternoon tea in The Tall Ship Cafe.
Standard Admission applies.

BBC Learning:
Great British Story tour
Sat 9th June, 10am-5pm. FREE ENTRY
To tie-in with the BBC television series Great British Story, The Tall
Ship is hosting a day-long festival of workshops, talks and
hands-on opportunities to explore local history.
Expect some special guests to drop in! Find out more at

Cargo Hold Comedy
Fri 22nd June, part of the West End Festival
8pm-10.30pm. £10 (concs £8)
Following our 2 sold-out shows during the Glasgow Comedy
Festival, Cargo Hold Comedy makes a welcome return to The Tall
Ship as part of the West End Festival. Expect some rip-roaring
comedy from the finest local comedians. Acts to be announced.
Tickets available from Ticket Soup on 0844 481 8898
or visit

 Summer Evening Talk:
The High Point
of Sail Power
Tue 10th July, 6.30pm for 7pm. Tickets £7
An illustrated talk by author and engineer Graham Cumming about
how Clyde-built sailing ships became a vital component in the
creation of Great Britain’s wealth and prosperity in late 19th Century.
Bar open from 6.30pm.

Exhibition: All Paws on Deck
FREE, July - August.
Come along and see this touring exhibition about Ships’ Cats, in The
Tall Ship Cafe during July and August. Standard admission applies.

Summer Drawing Workshop
Sun 5th August 11am-5pm. £65 (concs £55)
Come along and explore your drawing skills in a unique setting!
A day to be creative and experiment using your favourite drawing
materials. All levels welcome. Call Rachel Dill for more information 0141 357 3699

Children’s Birthday Parties
Back by popular demand! Available
Sat & Sun 10.30am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm
We are happy to announce the return of Children’s Parties at The
Tall Ship. £120 for the space, packed lunch option: £4 per child.
Maximum of 30 children. Call 0141 357 3699 for more information.
Visit our website
www.thetallship.comor follow
us on Facebook for regular updates to our
events programme.

We look forward to welcoming you on board soon!

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Client Terms & Conditions




The S.V Glenlee aka The Tall Ship at Riverside is owned by the Clyde Maritime Trust and operated by the Clyde Maritime Centre Ltd. The Client’s hire relates to The Tall Ship at Riverside and not the surrounding quayside, the Riverside Museum, its paved areas or car park that may be in use by other parties in contract with Glasgow Life. The Clyde Maritime Centre Ltd will be responsible for ensuring the provision of a safe environment suitable for the Client’s Guests, which our Duty Manager will oversee. Encore Creative Catering supply function catering to The Tall Ship at Riverside. We ask that you agree to these Terms & Conditions as relevant to your booking.


Client” means the person(s) or company to whom The Tall Ship is being hired out and provided to.
“Company” means Clyde Maritime Centre Ltd and any serves supplied or organised by them. “Guests” means the people whom the Client invites to attend the Function. “Function” means an event to be held for the Client, booked on a specific date(s).

  1. Venue Hire Fee and the use of facilities

1.1 Payment of Venue Hire Fees

The Company reserves the right to ask for payment of 25% of the Venue Hire Fee in order to confirm a Function. The Company will notify the Client of the amount due together with any deposit due for Food & Beverage/ other services, payment is due within 2 weeks of invoice. Full payment must be received 4 weeks prior to the Function in order for the Function to take place unless prior agreement is made in the booking contract.

1.2 Cancellation

In the event that the Client cancels the Function entirely or in part the deposit will not be refunded and in addition:

  • The full Venue Hire Fee if notice of cancellation is received by the Company less than 7 days prior to the commencement of the Function;

  • 50% of the full Venue Hire Fee if notice of cancellation is received by the Company between 14 days and 7 days prior to the commencement of the Function;

  • 30% of the full Venue Hire Fee if notice of cancellation is received by the Company between 28 days and 14 days prior to the commencement of the Function;

  • There is no fee to be paid if notice of cancellation is received by the Company more than 28 days prior to the commencement of the Function.

1.3 Conduct of Guests

The Client shall be responsible for the orderly conduct of the Function and shall ensure that nothing shall be done which may constitute a breach of the law or in any way cause a nuisance or be an infringement of or occasion or render possible forfeiture or endorsement of any licence for the sale of alcohol or for music and dancing. Failure to do so shall entitle the Company to require the offending individual(s) to leave the Function and shall constitute a breach of these Terms and Conditions.

1.4 Damage

The Client will be responsible for any damage to the property of the Company caused by the Client or the Client’s Guests during the Function. Costs for any damage sustained to the Company’s property will be billed directly to the Client. Likewise, should the Client or their Guests leave the property of the Company in a state which warrants an exceptional level of cleaning to be carried out, the costs for this will also be billed directly to the client.

The Company will not accept any responsibility or liability whatsoever for loss or damage to any property belonging to the Client, its agent or their Guests.

1.5 Health and Safety

Given the unique nature of the venue, smoking is restricted to designated smoking areas only.

  • The Company is responsible for ensuring the evacuation of the Guests and personnel in the event of a fire or other emergency. People with disabilities are very welcome on board, but it would be helpful if the number of disabled persons attending the Client’s Function is notified to the Company beforehand.

  • All decorations, equipment, stands or displays shall be subject to the approval of the Company before being fitted up and shall be removed immediately after the hire, all at the Client’s cost. When the Company has been asked to provide additional items, a charge will be levied for supply of the item.

  • Any electrical or mechanical equipment supplied by the Client or its agent must comply with Health and Safety Regulations, and under no circumstances is the Client or its agent to interfere with mechanical or electrical services. The Company should be consulted regarding any such electrical or mechanical equipment supplied by the Client, and the Company reserves the right to require removal or disconnection of any equipment.

1.6 Indemnity

The Client shall indemnify the Company and its directors and employees against all charges, claims, liabilities, proceedings, demands, fines, fees, costs or expenses to a minimum of £5,000,000 (to include legal expenses on a solicitor and own client basis) including but not limited to, loss of goodwill, loss of profit and loss of opportunity suffered by the Company directly or indirectly as a result of any breach of these Terms and Conditions of Trading and/or the negligence or wilful default of the Client or any of its Guests.

  1. The provision of catering facilities

2.1 Confirmation by the client

Any Booking is provisional until the Company receives a signed copy of these Terms and Conditions from the Client, written confirmation of the booking from the Client and the deposit requested. Before receiving such signed items, the Company may consider bookings for the same facilities but will give the Client who made the provisional booking first option to confirm their booking. The confirmation must include details of:

  • The name of the person(s) accepting responsibility for the booking and payment

  • The type of event or function

  • The provisional number of guests

  • The date(s) of the event

  • Method of payment

  • A non refundable deposit of 25% of the estimated account

  • 4 weeks prior to the event the balance of the estimated account is payable.

2.2 Numbers

  • Provisional numbers will be asked for at the time of booking

  • At not less than 21 working days prior to arrival, the Company will seek from the Client final details of timings, menus, and any special instructions

  • At not less than 7 working days prior to the event, the Company will from the Client definitive final numbers.

2.3 Cancellation and Amendment

Should the Client have to cancel the booking, the deposit is non refundable.

If a Client gives less than 7 days notice of a lesser number of guests attending than previously notified by the Client, the Company reserves the right to charge the Client the full cost per cover for each guest not attending.

2.4 Cancellation by the Company

The Function may be cancel under the following circumstances:

If the Tall Ship, or any part of it, is closed due to fire, alteration, decoration, by order of any public authority, or any other reason that could not be foreseen at the time of the booking. In such an event, the Company will refund any advance deposit with no further liability to the Client.

2.5 Prices and payment

  • The estimated minimum booking value is based on provisional prices which will be subject to variation and confirmation only once the final details of the event have been agreed. The Company reserves the right to pass on an estimated increase in costs over the period from booking to the event itself in line with inflation and will confirm final price a minimum of 7 working days prior to the event unless all final details are agreed beforehand.

  • Credit facilities are available to key accounts and credit references are required for all Clients requiring credit facilities, but this does not guarantee credit being granted for all or part of the event. Full balance would still be required immediately on completion of the event.

2.6 Outside Services

  • Prior consent from the Company must be received for any entertainment or services contracted by the Client and any display to be fixed.

  • Should the Client wish to employ the services of any outside contractor or entertainer other than those arranged by the Company then the Client must undertake to indemnify the Company against any claims made against them resulting from an act or default by the Client’s contractors or caused by equipment supplied by the Client. This indemnity is also to include cover under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Outside contractors bringing in any electrical equipment must produce legitimate PAT test forms upon arrival at the venue. If these forms are not produced, the Company will refuse use of any such equipment. Any outside contractor must comply with the appropriate legislation including the Fire Precautions Act. Encore reserves the right to refuse access, without prejudice to any contractor.

3. General

    • The Encore Creative Catering name, logo and telephone number cannot be used in any advertising or publicity without the prior knowledge and approval of Encore.

    • Logos or photographs of The Tall Ship cannot be used in any advertising or publicity without the prior knowledge and approval of the Company.

    • Corkage; no wines or spirits, beers or foods may be brought into a venue by a client, guests or representatives for consumption or sale on the premises without the express prior consent of the Company and for which a charge will be made by.

    • The Client and his/her guests must vacate the Tall Ship by the agreed time. Additional charges per full hour of venue hire will be incurred should the venue remain open beyond the agreed hire period.

    • The Terms of the contract, except as otherwise agreed between the Company and the Client in writing, regulate the contract between both parties to the exclusion of any other terms and conditions including any issued by the client.

    • The Company may rescind its contract with the Client if it is prevented, hindered or delayed from performing any of its obligations under these Terms and Conditions by a Force Majeure Event.

    • These Terms and Conditions shall apply at all times and may only be revised or amended in writing providing written consent is given by an authorised representative of each of the parties.

    • These Terms and Conditions shall be governed in accordance with Scots Law and the Scottish courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction to determine any dispute that may arise out of, under, or in connection with these Terms and Conditions of Trading.

    • It is a term of letting that no goods and services can be bought or sold on the Tall Ship and no tickets may be sold at the door without prior agreement in the booking contract.

    • The nature of the Function should not deviate from what has been booked.

The Client will be supplied with a copy of the venues Risk Assessment. Please read over carefully.

We, the Client, accept the above Terms and Conditions of Trading as applies to our function at The Tall Ship.

Teacher LedSelf Led Options

N1-S6 Self Led Visits

Only £1 per pupil and accompanying adults go FREE!*

*Pupils must be supervised at all times whilst onboard. Self Led visits are normally allocated a 60 min time slot for self led visits.


Upgrades to your Self Led Visit


Our themed Sensory Suitcases are available to hire for use during your visit and can be pre-booked at only £5 per group, filled with stories, songs, games and sensory handling objects to complement your self-led visit. Themes available: Pirates, Cats or Seashore.


Take part in our self led Scavenger Hunt activity sheets and Captain's Challenge activity boards at no additional cost whilst enjoying lots of hands-on activities such as scrubbing the decks and turning the wheel!

Foreign Language Students

We have printed foreign language guides available in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Polish which students are free to use.  Please call us on 0141 330 9077 for more info.


Curriculum for Excellence-Based Workshops

N1 - P1
Jock the Cat and the Pirate Mice
£55 per session
Max of 33 pupils
Children learn about the adventures of Jock, our ship’s cat as he saves Glenlee from some troublesome pirate mice. Activities include dressing up, role play and pirate songs. Children will then become mini-rodent inspectors as they take part in a teacher led mouse hunt around the ship and finish in the cargo hold interactive play area. 

N1 - P1
Mermaids and Sea Creatures with Sailor Sally  
£65 per session
Max of 33 pupils

 Children join a costumed Sailor Sally to hear about her adventures on the high seas and encounters with the creatures that live in them, followed by a chance to make their own mermaid or merman. Activities include storytelling, role play, object handling, songs and crafts. Children will then explore the ship in a teacher led hunt scavenger hunt.

N1 - P3
The Lunch of the Lighthouse Keeper 
£65 per session
Max of 33 pupils

In this exciting new workshop children join a costumed Mrs Grinling and Hamish the Cat to read 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' and hear about the life and role of a lighthouse keeper before making either their own seagull puppet or mini lighthouse, or decorate iced sea biscuits to take home with them. Activities include storytelling, role play, object handling and crafts. Children will then explore the ship in a teacher led hunt searching for hidden mice.

P2 - P3
Sink or Swim- Build a Raft for Jock the Cat
£65 per session
Max of 33 pupils
Based on the principles of floating and sinking, children will experiment with different materials to make a boat suitable for Jock the cat. Pupils will then use the facts they have learned to sort materials into floating and sinking groups before using these to construct small rafts or boats for Jock. This workshop will end with a teacher-led mouse hunt around the ship to help Jock find those pesky mice!
P2- P3
Pirates Ahoy!
£90 per session
Max of 33 pupils
Ahoy mateys! A fun lively session with costumed pirates, including swashbuckling pirate fun, songs and dressing up followed by a hunt around the ship to find Captain Scallywag’s treasure!

*Upgrade any N1-P3 workshop with real treasure to take home (chocolate coins) for only £1 per pupil.*
P4 – P6
Titanic: Captain’s Table 
£75 per session
Max of 33 pupils
Pupils train to become a maid or waiter onboard the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic. A costumed maid or waiter will put pupils through their paces as they learn appropriate table manners and Edwardian etiquette. In groups they will design fantasy First Class Menus before attempting to set the Captain’s Table for dinner.
P4- P7
Titanic: Shipwrecked!
£65 per session
Max of 33 pupils
Pupils become mini-marine archaeologists as they uncover artefacts from the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic in ‘seabed’ sand trays. Using primary and secondary sources, they will have to work in teams to discover the stories of passengers and crew lost at sea. An ideal workshop to complement  ‘The Unsinkable Ship’ topic.
P6- P7
Life at sea on Glenlee (Life on a Victorian cargo ship)
£65 per session
Max of 33 pupils
Stepping back in time, investigate the lives of those onboard the eventful Tall Ship’s voyage of 1912 by unravelling the contents of personal sea chests.  An exciting object handling session where pupils will discover the lives of apprentices and crew through genuine logbook excerpts and other primary and secondary sources. 

All booked workshops include time and space for pupils to have a packed lunch. The lunch area can be pre-booked outwith workshops for £20 (30mins) when availability permits.

Living History's (B)Log 18/7/11Well, we are now into our 5th week of being open at the new location...and everything is going swimmingly!

Visitor numbers are riding high and the feedback we've been getting from the public has been fantastic.  You've told us that your favourite attractions at The Tall Ship are the refurbished Captain's cabin, the children's play area and our interactive exhibits.  Thanks to everyone who has provided us with feedback, we do take your comments on board.  Get in touch through the Contact Us section of the website, or sign up as a friend on Facebook and leave your comments there. (you can also fill in a form at our ticket office)

Our younger visitors have been enjoying our daily Captain's Challenge and  Mouse Hunt, which are great to do together as a family.  We've also never heard the ship's bell being rung quite so often, or quite so loudly! (although we suspect that this activity is not confined to the youngsters!)

We are now also showing a short cartoon, daily between 12pm and 4pm, featuring our 'mascot' Jock the Cat and his adventures with some Pirate Mice and as always, you can watch archive film footage of The Tall Ship, and other similar vessels on screen in our cargo hold cinema and just outside the engine room.

Don't forget, you can take an in-depth tour around the ship with our all-new audio guide facility, which is great for learning about the different areas of the ship and how they originally operated. We also offer volunteer lead guided tours, every Wednesday at 11.30am and 2pm. 

Well, that's all for now.  Thanks for reading!  We'll be blogging again soon.

Over and Out.....

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The Tall Ship Monthly NewsletterWelcome to The Tall Ship Newsletter July 2011

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LinksSeaforceGlasgow Leading AttractionsFencer

Anchor and Sail Project

The Tall Ship in partnership with Gal Gael have started a three year boat building project called Anchor and Sail. The project aims are to build four new wooden boats, refurbish a  40’ open launch and four apprentices will be trained in the art of traditional boat building. The Tall Ship has started to refurbish open launch Starcrest in the workshop of the Tall Ship based within the Riverside Museum whilst across the water in Govan, Gal Gael are building the first of two West Coasts Skiffs. 



Seaforce fast powerboat rides have been voted amongst the most exciting things to do in Glasgow. Trips run from Kelvin Harbour, next to The Tall Ship and Riverside Museum, to the city centre, Erskine Bridge, Dumbarton Rock, Kilcreggan and beyond.

The service is professional and is delivered safely but in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.  It‘s all about having fun, after all!

Seaforce also provides maritime training courses, including safety training and is responsible for workboat services cover on the Clyde and further afield

For more information please visit the Seaforce website at


Other Useful Links

Clyde Waterfront Heritage:
Glasgow’s Leading Attractions:
See Glasgow:
Visit Scotland:
Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA):
City Sightseeing Glasgow:
Scottish Maritime Heritage:
Scottish Maritime Museum:
Aberdeen Maritime Museum:
R.R.S. Discovery, Dundee:
H.M. Frigate Unicorn, Dundee:
Loch Katrine, the Trossachs:
Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife:
Waverley Excursions, West coast:
Govan Ferry:

PressThis section will be updated accordingly with new press releases as and when available.

Terms & ConditionsWebsite usage terms and conditions

Welcome to our website. If you continue to browse and use this website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern The Tall Ship’s relationship with you in relation to this website. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not use our website.

The term ‘The Tall Ship’ or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is

The Tall Ship at Riverside
150 Pointhouse Place
G3 8RS.

We are a registered charity (Scottish Charity No: SC004608).

The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

  • The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.
  • This website uses cookies to monitor browsing preferences.
  • Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.
  • This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.
  • All trademarks reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to the operator, are acknowledged on the website.
  • Unauthorised use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
  • From time to time, this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).
  • Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Privacy Policy We (The Tall Ship) receive personal information through this website. You may, for example, be asked for personal information if you want to take advantage of specific services that we offer, such as ordering online or subscribing to our publications.

Where you provide personal information, we will only use it to deliver the services you have requested.

This privacy policy only covers The Tall Ship website.

The Tall Ship site does not automatically capture or store personal information, other than logging your IP address and session information such as how long your visit lasted and the type of browser used. This is recognised by the web server and is only used for system administration and to provide statistics, which we use to evaluate how the site is used.

This policy does not cover links within this site to other websites.

We use cookies to make sure your session on this website is secure. We also use embedded pixels - with cookies, these help us to track how many people are using our site. These collect data about the paths that users take when navigating our website.

We use this information to evaluate site content, navigability and composition, as well as page response rates (how quickly pages download). With both cookies and embedded pixel technology, the information we collect is anonymous and does not contain your name, address, telephone number, or email address.

We cannot personally identify you.

Accessibilty - Access Keys

We have provided a series of keyboard short cuts to help you navigate your way around this website without using the mouse.

Each different type of web browser has its own way of using access keys.

In most web browsers, the user uses the access key by pressing “ALT” (on PC) or “CTRL” (on MAC) simultaneously with the appropriate character on the keyboard.

The following are the different ways to use the access key function combinations on a PC or MAC and then browser type.


  • IE - press the “ALT” key + access key and then press the “ENTER” key to active the action.
  • Firefox 2.0 - “ALT” + “SHIFT” and access key.
  • Firefox 3.0 - “ALT” + “SHIFT” + access key and the “ENTER” key are required.
  • Opera - the user presses “SHIFT” + “ESC” followed by the access key (without “ALT”). Doing this will display the list of access keys over the current web page.
  • Safari - “ALT” + access key.


  • Firefox 2.0 - “CTRL” + access key.
  • Firefox 3.0 - this has been changed so that the key combination only focuses on the link, “CTRL” + access key and an “ENTER” is required after the access key combo.
  • Opera - “SHIFT” + “ESC” followed by the access key (without “ALT”). Doing this will display the list of access keys over the current web page.
  • Safari - “CNTL” + access key.

List of access keys in use on this site

This website uses the following access keys:

  • 1 for 'Home page'
  • 2 for 'Explore the Ship'
  • 3 for 'The Tall Ship's Story'
  • 4 for 'What's On'
  • 5 for 'Learning'
  • 6 for 'Your Visit'
  • 7 for 'Hire the Ship'
  • 8 for 'Riverside Attractions'
  • 9 for 'Your Support'
  • A for 'Accessibility'
  • B for 'Privacy Policy'
  • C for 'Contact Us'
  • F for 'Facebook'
  • L for 'Links'
  • M for 'Site Map'
  • N for 'Press'
  • U for 'About Us'
  • S for 'Search'
  • T for 'Terms & Conditions'
  • R for 'RSS Feed'
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    Seaforce fast powerboat rides have been voted amongst the most exciting things to do in Glasgow. Trips run from Kelvin Harbour, next to The Tall Ship and Riverside Museum, to the city centre, Erskine Bridge, Dumbarton Rock, Kilcreggan and beyond.

    The service is professional and is delivered safely but in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.  It‘s all about having fun, after all!

    Seaforce also provides maritime training courses, including safety training and is responsible for workboat services cover on the Clyde and further afield

    Visit The Tall Ship and take a short powerboat trip for just £10 per person! (Children £5)

    For more information please visit the Seaforce website at  or call 0141 221 1070

    Ferry Service


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    Dates of Operation

    Mon 24th June – Sun 25th Aug   Monday to Sunday
    Mon 26th Aug – Sun 27th Oct   Thursday to Sunday


    Please note that on Sundays only,  the first departure will be the 1145 from Braehead.

    Please click here for more info or to book tickets.

    Clyde Cruises can also be contacted on 01475 721281

    Kelvin HarbourSail Away

    The City’s new hub for on-river activities and services including a cross-river ferry service and Seaforce powerboat rides, Come down and enjoy all the Clyde has to offer.

    Kelvin Harbour and Slipway


    Kelvin Harbour

    Kelvin Harbour is located in tidal waters to the west face of the new Riverside Museum. Kelvin Harbour is intended for public use under the supervision of The Tall Ship. Mariners wishing to visit The Tall Ship are welcome to use Kelvin Harbour pontoons for free up to a maximum of four hours thereafter visiting vessel charges apply, please see tariffs below.

    Kelvin Harbour visitors are asked to call ahead on 0141 357 3699 before arrival for instructions.


    Berths available for small craft up to 9 meter please call for more details.



    Slipways users:

    The slipway is part of Kelvin Harbour and is located to the west face of the new Riverside Museum within their grounds and is intended for public use under the supervision of The Tall Ship. The slipway is suitable for craft up to 7 tons with draft of 2 metres or less and situated in tidal waters. Boat owners launching vessels may use Kelvin Harbour pontoons while they remove and collect vehicles and trailers. Jetskis are prohibited upstream of the Erskine bridge by Clydeport Authority and cannot use the slipway.



    Kelvin Harbour and SlipwayTariffs:


    Visiting vessels

    Vessels up to 9m overall: £10 for 6 hours

    Vessels up to 9m overall: £18 per 24 hours

     Mariners with vessels over 9 metres please call for tariffs


    Using Kelvin harbour Slipway

    Launching vessels: £12 per vessel this covers launch and retrieval.


    For all enquires please call The Tall Ship on 0141 357 3699


    Riverside Museum

    The new home for Glasgow’s museum of transport

    Experience Glasgow’s industrial heritage in a striking building designed by internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

    Many favourite exhibits from the old Museum of Transport are on show with twice as many exhibits than before.

    The displays are bound to impress – with cars climbing the walls, bikes suspended from the ceiling and a train engine hovering from the mezzanine!

    Interactive displays help you to find out everything you want to know about the collection.

    The Street has been beautifully reconstructed with more shops open to visitors giving a fascinating insight into a typical Glasgow shopping street in the 1930s.

    You can even climb into a subway carriage to see what travelling on the ‘Clockwork Orange’ would have been like back then.

    • Open Daily
    • FREE Entry
    • Café
    • Museum Shop

    Explore the ShipWeather Deck

    Weather Deck

    Tween Deck

    Tween Deck

    Lower Deck

    Lower Deck

    Cargo Hold

    Cargo Hold

    Click here to download a PDF of the Deck Plan that you can print out

    Click here to see film footage

    Contact UsWe would love to hear from you!

    If you would like to write to us then please use the address below

    The Tall Ship at Riverside
    150 Pointhouse Place
    G3 8RS

    You can call us on 0141 357 3699

    Or simply fill the contacts form below and we will get back to you shortly.

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    Your SupportFriendsFriends of Glenlee

    Friends of the Glenlee

    The Friends of the Glenlee is a recognised Scottish Charity (No. SC035557) which aims to create an awareness of the maritime heritage of the River Clyde, support the objectives of the Clyde Maritime Trust in its educational work and the further development of Glenlee.

    By becoming a friend you can enjoy:

    • Unlimited Access to The Tall Ship and a free hot drink each time you visit!
    • A wide-ranging events programme
    • Free Entry to special afternoon and evening talks
    • Volunteering opportunities
    • A quarterly Newsletter, with specially written articles on a variety of maritime topics as well as information on forthcoming events.

    Support the Glenlee

    The Tall Ship at Riverside is owned by the Clyde Maritime Trust, a registered Scottish Charity. We depend on support from the public and other donors to fund the upkeep and restoration of our historic sailing vessel, S.V. Glenlee.

    Any donation you can make will help greatly with this work.

    Annual Membership Prices

    Adults: £15

    Concessions: £10

    Family ticket (includes up to 2 Adults and 3 Children): £25

    Funds generated by the Friends will support the maintenance of Glenlee and also help to fund volunteer projects on site, such as the restoration of the Kelvinhaugh Ferry, which was the last passenger ferry to be used in Glasgow by the Clyde Navigation Trust. 

    You will be making a real contribution towards enabling us to preserve the story of the Glenlee and the mighty river on which she was built for a new generation!


    Volunteers have been essential to the progress of the organisation since the restoration of the Glenlee began in 1993. We opened to the public in 1999 and volunteers continue to play a vital role in our development.

    There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available:

    • Front of House and Events staff
    • Tour Guides and Costumed Interpreters
    • Education and Schools Assistants
    • Ship Maintenance Staff

    Please call us on 0141 357 3699 to find out more about volunteering with The Tall Ship.

    Please note that we cannot guarantee a placement but we will try to find a suitable role based on your interests, skills and experience.

    Make a donation!

    You can make a donation to The Tall Ship by sending us a cheque made out to the Clyde Maritime Trust or visit  to donate online.  If you would like to discuss a donation please call us on 0141 357 3699

    Your donation will help us to maintain the Glenlee, improve the visitor experience and keep our charity vibrant and productive.

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    Hire the ShipThe Tall Ship at Riverside - a unique venue for any special occasion that you and your guests will always remember.

    The Tall Ship is Glasgow's most original venue for weddings and  corporate entertaining. She was built in 1896 on the River Clyde when Glasgow was recognised as the Second City of the Empire and she is now the only Clydebuilt sailing ship still afloat in the UK. 

    The Tall Ship offers a unique combination of 19th century charm with modern facilities, perfect for weddings, conferences and banqueting. The atmospheric surroundings evoke dramatic images of a life at sea. Enjoy the unique riverside setting (flood lit in the evening ), before going below decks to dine or entertain.

    The Tall Ship can accommodate up to 150 people for dining and up to 200 for a reception.

    The space is very flexible and allows organisers to use imagination and flair to 'wow' their guests. Guests can browse the onboard exhibits or enjoy the riverside sunset from the main deck. Your guests are free to explore The Tall Ship while our catering company, En Croute, provide all the facilities and services needed to make your event a success.

    Children's Parties

    Make your child’s birthday one to remember by having a special birthday party aboard The Tall Ship! Hire charge is only £100 inc vat which includes: hire of the space, tables and chairs for up to 35 children and 10% off in the cafe or shop for you and your party.  You are welcome to provide your own food + beverage or let the ships staff take the strain by taking advantage of our pirate lunch box and goody bag deal for just £5 per child.  

    The Tall Ship is situated on the River Clyde just 5 minutes from the M8 motorway, 15 minutes from Glasgow City Centre, and 25 minutes from Glasgow Airport. It is also within a few minutes walking distance from Partick train and underground stations. Parking facilities are available

    For more information on booking your special event please call us on

    0141 357 3699

    Your Visit


    The Tall Ship offers maritime themed events and activities, with specially devised talks and tours, school visits and costumed volunteer days. Explore every nook and cranny of the Glenlee, including the refurbished Captain’s cabin, with our brand new audio guide facility, a fun way to learn the history of the ship. Visit the mini cinema and under 5’s play area in the cargo hold, take part in our mouse hunt and put your questions to our working ship’s crew. We also have a souvenir gift shop and coffee shop on board.  

    Check the What’s On section of this site to catch up on all the latest news and events

    Opening Times

    We are open all year round and doors open at 10am daily, opening times may vary due to events and functions.

    Summer Opening

    1st February- 29th October 10am-5pm (last admission 4:30pm)

    Winter Opening

    30th October - 31st January 10am-4pm (last admission 3:30pm)

    Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

    Our office is open for bookings and enquiries Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

    For further information please call 0141 357 3699 or use our contacts form.

    *The Tall Ship reserves the right to alter opening and closing times without prior notice. 

    Admission Prices

    The Tall Ship is now FREE to enter for individuals and families (up to a maximum of 8 people per group). To enable Free Entry, The Tall Ship relies on support from our visitors by using our cafe, gift shop and purchasing our guide book and audio guides.

    Group Bookings

    To ensure an enjoyable visit, ALL Group visits MUST be booked in advance. To make a group booking please contact our Learning and Access Officer on 0141 330 9077 or use our contacts form.

    For more information please see our Group Booking Policy

    £2.00 per person for groups of 8 or more (concs £1.00)

    £1.00 per child for children’s groups of 8 or more, accompanying adults go FREE

    Guided Tours for Groups are available to pre-book from £3 per adult/£2 per concession (Minimum numbers apply).

    Additional Charges apply for some events.

    For Educational visits please refer to our Learning section for prices

    How to find us

    Tall Ship Map

    By Train/Underground:

    Take the a low-level train or Underground to Partick station.  The Tall Ship is approximately 8 minutes walk from here.

    By Bus

    There is a regular bus service from George Square. For timetables and information see

    By Car:

    From the M8 west bound take junction 19 on to the Clydeside expressway (A814), or east bound via the Clyde tunnel and head towards the city centre. 

    Follow the brown tourist signs for The Tall Ship.

    Limited Parking is available. 

    Prices for car parking: 

    0-1 hour £1.60 

    1-2 hours £3.20

    2-3 hours £4.80 

    4-5 hours £8.00

    5-10 hours £10.00  

    Overnight flat rate, 6pm - 8am £2.00 

    By Plane:

    The closest airport is Glasgow international Airport.


    We offer a range of exciting curriculum linked workshops for school pupils as well as guided tours for adults. We are committed to providing opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities.

    Booking Your Visit

    All sessions MUST be booked in advance. Please call Nicola on 0141 330 9077  for more information or to book your visit.

    Twilight Teacher CPD Sessions- Free for teachers to attend

    Join our Learning Officer for an informal twilight session to find out more about school visits to The Tall Ship.  Each session begins in our onboard Education Room with refreshments followed by the opportunity to explore workshop resources, ask questions and experience a short tour.

    Tuesday 19th Sept 2017 (4:00pm-5:00pm), Tuesday 24th October 2017 (4:00pm-5:00pm), Tuesday 6th February 2018 (4:00pm-5:00pm), Tuesday 6th March 2018 (4:00pm-5:00pm)

    Book now on 0141 330 9077 as spaces are limited!

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    The Tall Ship at Riverside offers a range of exciting curriculum linked workshops for school pupils and tours for learners of all ages and abilities.

    Booking Your Visit

    All sessions and self led visits MUST be booked in advance.

    Please call Nicola on 0141 330 9077 for more information or to book your visit.


    There are toilet facilities and a fully accessible lift onboard the ship.

    All workshops and tours can be adapted for ASN.

    Touch tours are available on request. Please call 0141 330 9077 to discuss.


    All booked workshops and tours include time and space for pupils to have a packed lunch.

    The lunch area can be pre-booked outwith workshops for £20 (30 mins) when availability permits.

    Pirate Lunch Boxes and Lunch Deals for teachers are available to pre-book prior to your visit. Please ask for more info at time of booking.

    Cancellation Policy

    We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee (of up to 50% of the total fee) for bookings cancelled less than 14 days before the visit. 

    Gift Shop

    School groups are very welcome to visit the gift shop with up to 15 pupils in the shop at any one time. Please supervise pupils at all times. Goody bags can be pre-purchased in advance from the shop. For more info please ask at time of booking on 0141 330 9077.


    Guided Tours of The Tall Ship  (Suitable for P1-S3)

    £3 per child (or only £2 per child when also booking a school workshop)

    Max 33 pupils per tour session (60 mins)


    Pupils are encouraged to learn about the history of The Tall Ship by uncovering first hand evidence at their fingertips. During the guided tour, pupils trace the history of the Glenlee, and the stories of those who lived and worked aboard her. Investigate the overcrowded living quarters, delve below decks into the cargo hold, explore the engine room and take the helm as pupils discover what life was like at sea on a late Victorian sailing ship.


    The Tall Ship's Story

    The Glenlee was built at the Bay Yard in Port Glasgow and was one of a group of 10 steel sailing vessels built to a standard design for the Glasgow shipping firm of Archibald Sterling and Co. Ltd. 

    She is a three masted barque, with length 245 feet, beam 37.5 feet, depth 22.5 feet and air draft 137' 6".

    The Glenlee first took to the water as a bulk cargo carrier in 1896. She circumnavigated the globe four times and survived (though not without incident!) passing through the fearsome storms of Cape Horn 15 times before being bought by the Spanish navy in 1922 and being turned into a sail training vessel. 

    The ship was modified and served in that role until 1969. She then operated as a training school until 1981 when she was laid up in Seville Harbour and largely forgotten.


    A British naval architect saw her in Seville in 1990 and two years later, the Clyde Maritime Trust succeeded in buying the re-named Galatea at auction for 5 million Pesetas (£40,000) and saved her from dereliction.


    The Glenlee is one of only 5 Clydebuilt sailing ships that remain afloat in the world and she was restored over a six year period by the Clyde Maritime Trust’s paid and voluntary crew.

    The other four Clydebuilt sailing ships afloat in the world are also visitor attractions

    • Balclutha (San Francisco)
    • Moshulu (Philadelphia)
    • Falls of Clyde (Hawaii)
    • Pommern (Finland)

    In November 1999, the Glenlee was recognised as part of the Core Collection of historic vessels in the UK. Chosen from a list of over 1,500 ships, the Glenlee is one of only 43 vessels recognised by the National Historic Ships Committee as being of pre-eminent national significance in terms of maritime heritage, historic associations or technological innovation.


    The initial restoration of the Glenlee was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and many private benefactors.  We receive an annual grant from Glasgow City Council and raise income through guidebook sales, sales in our shop and cafe, fundraising activities and our Friends membership scheme.

    Kelvinhaugh Ferry

    Berthed in Kelvin Harbour, you will discover Kelvinhaugh Ferry No.8.

    Kelvinhaugh Ferry No.8 was built in 1954 and licensed to carry 144 passengers. These ferries played an essential role in the life of the average Clydesider. Many Glaswegians lived and worked on opposite sides of the river and until the 1960s, travel options for crossing the water were much more limited

    From 1980-1999 the ferry was in the care of the Forth and Clyde Canal Society, before being purchased by the Clyde Maritime Trust in 1999. Since then, the ferry has been lovingly restored to working order by our team of volunteers. If you would like to view the ferry, please call ahead to arrange an appointment with the Ship Manager, 0141 357 3699.    

    Please see the What’s On page for details.

    Clyde Maritime Trust’s Vision

    The Tall Ship continues to be a cultural asset for the city of Glasgow that offers both local people and visitors the opportunity to discover more about the maritime heritage of the city. This will be a dynamic experience with a changing programme of events and we will consistently strive to provide our visitors with a positive, value for money experience supported by excellent customer service. We will also act as an educational and training resource and encourage community involvement at all levels.”

    Glenlee is maintained by a paid crew and volunteers, who also carry out restoration and improvement projects.  

    The First Trustees were:

    Dr Christopher Mason (Chair), Mr Hamish Hardie MBE (Vice Chair), Mr Geoffrey Jarvis, Mr John Money,

    Mr Gordon Borthwick, Mr Derek Statt.

    The Current Trustees are:

    Mr Duncan Cunningham (Chair), Mr Frank Brown, Mr Hamish Hardie MBE, Mr Ian Ramsay,

    Mr Sandy Taggart, Mr Derek Statt, Mr Stuart Coulter, Mr David Paterson, Mr David Denholm, Ms Elizabeth Allen, Mr Gerry Kaye,
    Mr Colin Castle, Captain Ron Bailey, Mr Andrew Mumford and Dr Christopher Mason (Honorary President)

    About Us

    The Tall Ship

    The Clyde Maritime Trust (Scottish Charity No: SC004608) owns the barque Glenlee, the principal exhibit at The Tall Ship at Riverside.  Of the many hundreds of ships built in Glasgow’s shipyards, the Glenlee is one of only five Clyde built ships still afloat in the world today and she is the only one of her kind in the UK. The Tall Ship is an independent museum committed to the preservation and interpretation of the Glenlee and the maritime history of the area for the benefit of local people and visitors to Glasgow.  Find out more about the history of the ship by clicking here

    The Tall Ship operates a programme of year-round maritime themed events and activities, with specially devised talks and tours, school visits and costumed volunteer days. Explore every nook and cranny of the Glenlee, including the refurbished Captain’s cabin, with our brand new audio guide facility, a fun way to learn the history of the ship. Visit the mini cinema and under 5’s play area in the cargo hold, take part in our mouse hunt and put your questions to our working ship’s crew. We also have a souvenir gift shop and coffee shop on board.  Check back to the website regularly to catch up on all the latest news and events or follow us on Facebook.

    Ask us about Hiring The Tall Ship for your next event! call 0141 357 3699 for more information or click HERE.

    Join the ‘Friends of the Glenlee’ from just £15 per year!  You can visit the ship as often as you like and get a hot drink during your visit. You will also receive a newsletter and invitations to exclusive events. Click HERE for more information.

    Visit Kelvin Harbour

    The City’s new hub for on-river activities and services including a cross-river ferry facility and Seaforce powerboat rides, Come down and enjoy all the Clyde has to offer!  Click HERE for further information.

    Anchor and Sail Project

    Anchor & Sail is a traditional boatbuilding project, initiated by The Galgael Trust (Govan) and the Clyde Maritime Trust (Riverside). It is sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and with match funding the project costs, in total, approximately £450,000.

    The Project will run for three years from June 2014. It will recruit 8 apprentices across the two workshops at Galgael and the Tall Ship (Clyde Maritime Trust). Volunteers are also recruited, who may be unemployed, or on social benefit, and wish to learn more about the heritage and skills required in traditional boatbuilding.

    At The Tall Ship the first boat to be worked upon is ‘Starcrest’ a 1922, 40 ft, carvel built motor launch. She is in poor condition, and requires a lot of work. Once completed, and if a Maritime Coastguard Agency certification is awarded, it is hoped to use her on the river for school groups to learn about the River Clyde’s world renowned shipbuilding.

    Also, at The Tall Ship two boats will be built- a Lifeboat and a Captain’s Gig. They will complete Glenlee’s (1896) compliment of four boats that is- two Lifeboats, a Pinnace and a Captain’s Gig. 

    There will be 3 open days at The Tall Ship. If you are interested in coming along to The Tall Ship’ workshop, they are on Saturdays: 4th April; 19th September (Doors Open); and 17th October, all from 11am to 3.30pm.

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