The Riverfront

Bells Brudge crosses the Clyde between the Science Centre and the "Armadillo" 

Few artifacts remain from the Clyde's shipbuilding past - this is the Finnieston Crane, one of only four which still stand along the Clyde

The riverside walk passes under a number of bridges near Central Station

This was obviously originally one of the pilings of a railway bridge, now reused with a floating dock and gangway.

The last remaining ocean-going paddlewheel steamer, the Waverly goes "doon the watter" from Glasgow to Rothesay, among other destinations

Tradeston Bridge

The Glasgow Science Centre on the Clyde


Well, how many can you make?

Electrical generator or hamster wheel, take your pick...

A favorite part of the Museum of Transport is the recreated Glasgow street of 1895-1930, complete with shops and vehicles. 

The museum specializes in vehicles made in Scotland, which might surprise visitors who didn't know about Scotland's history of car manufacture. Here, a 1928 Albion fire engine. 

The Museum of Transport displays all kinds of ground transportation in a spectacular modern building. Where else can you find a locomotive peeping out of a balcony?   

Many vehicles are displayed as wall hangings.

The Hillman Imp was made in Scotland as an inexpensive British alternative to continental or Japanese cars.

The three-wheel AC "Wee Bluey" was marketed as a learner's car. Young drivers could drive a Bluey, as long as they did not carry passengers. Of course *cough* that never happened...

The Tall Ship Glenlee is moored in the River Clyde outside the Museum of Transport

The poop deck featured a manually powered foghorn - a chance to work off some energy and make a very loud annoying noise - what could be better?

Huge diesel engines fill the Engine Room. Push the button to hear them run...

The huge cargo hold of the Glenlee

Downtown Glasgow

Princes Square Mall appears on the outside to be a nondescript row house (below) - ride an escalator located behind the front door, and when you reach the top, it opens up into a huge indoor mall. 

Entrance to Princes Square Mall

Great wall art, down an inconspicuous alley near Glasgow Central Station

Traffic-free Buchanan Street forms the shopping heart of Glasgow. 

The Argyll Arcade is a Victorian shopping mall, still complete with top-hatted ushers

It's bigger on the inside...


Kelvingrove Museum's collections cover an incredibly wide range of topics from natural history to art. This hall shows the similarities between natural and man-made objects, so of course there's a Spitfire hanging among the birds. 

One hall is filled with hanging heads. The work is entitled "Expressions". 

The Kelvin River gives its name to the district.

Glasgow has one of the oldest subway systems in Europe, a circular route with trains running clockwise and anti-clockwise. Originally it was a cable-drawn system like San Francisco's cable cars.

Glasgow Cathedral Area

Glasgow Cathedral

The Necropolis - a huge Victorian cemetery complex with thousands of monuments. 

St. Mungo's Museum of Religious Life - "A Curious Exhibition" displays an odd assortment of objects from the collections of many different Glasgow museums, with explanations of why the objects were important to the Glaswegians who selected them. 

St. Mungo's regular collection contains many artifacts related to religion and religious life. 

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