From Riverside Museum to South Portland Street Suspension Bridge, Glasgow

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Riverside Museum

Riverside Museum is not only a tourist attraction but also a locals’ favourite hotspot. Glasgow Riverside Museum is a haven for transport collection. It’s well-known for being an award-winning transport museum which has a wide range of transport collection, from skateboards to locomotives, cars to a Stormtrooper. 

The Riverside Museum 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.

The museum is located on the banks of the River Clyde. With its unique architecture, River Museum stands remarkably besides the River Clyde. The museum looks like a giant steel skeleton from far. Walking into the museum, we were presented with a vast array of transport. Then, we walked into an artificial Victorian town in the museum. The town gave me an eerie feeling when we first visited that section of the museum. And, it gave me the heebie-jeebies when I accidentally came across some news relating to this ‘haunted’ Victorian town after the trip. Aww.

Well, the little rumour doesn’t stop tourists or families from having a great time in the museum. That’s because it has a pretty impressive collection. Its highlights include steam trains, Glasgow trams, trolleybuses, vintage cars, motorbikes and bicycles. Kids were jubilantly running around the 3000 exhibits, observing the evolution of the trains throughout the centuries. We hopped on a steam train to take some photos. We freaked an old man out when we were getting off the train. Apparently, he thought we were the miniatures the train (which suddenly moved).

 

 

There is a café at the end of the museum with a great view of the Clyde and the Kelvin. We walked on a shadow path around the building overlooking the ferry quay.

The Tall Ship

Beside the museum, there is another ‘ship museum’ called ‘The Tall Ship’ open for visitors. The Tall Ship is an independent museum committed to the preservation and interpretation of the Glenlee.  So, what is ‘Glenlee’? When we visited The Tall Ship, we had no idea of the maritime history. So, I did a little bit reading into the history.

Glenlee is a steel-hulled three-masted barque, built in 1896 for Glasgow owners, trading as a cargo ship. She was a sail training ship in the Spanish Navy from 1922. Subsequently, she was converted into a museum ship at theRiverside Museum, known as The Tall Ship.

The Tall Ship was very popular among locals, especially for school kids despite the cold weather. Thus, it wasn’t easy to take a picture without the throng in the background. Kids were excited to explore every nook and cranny of the Glenlee, including the refurbished Captain’s cabin.

If you have kids, you can hire the space of The Tall Ship to organise a birthday party aboard. I think that’s pretty cool and let the kids dress up as pirates! 🙂

South Portland Street Suspension Bridge in Glasgow, Scotland

While loitering around Glasgow City, Lewis showed me one of the beautiful bridges in Glasgow – South Portland Street Suspension Bridge.

Originally, it was a wooden bridge on the site in 1833. It was subsequently replaced with the South Portland Street Suspension Bridge in 1853. This suspension bridge was built for the people to cross the River Clyde.

Bing Soul, A Korean Dessert Cafe

Address: 90 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G11, UK

After a long walk in the wintry afternoon, we decided to look for a cafe. We found this Korean cafe – Bing Soul which serves egg waffles with ice-cream. I tried the egg waffles in Hong Kong before and the egg waffles in Bing Soul are softer and less sugary. Personally, I prefer the egg waffle in Bing Soul as it went well with the ice-cream. And, it can never go wrong with a cup of coffee or English tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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