On the south bank of the river, linked to the SECC by pedestrian Bell’s Bridge, are the three space age, titanium-clad constructions which make up the Glasgow Science Centre. Of the three buildings, the largest is the curvaceous, wedge-shaped Science Mall. Behind the vast glass wall facing the river, four floors of interactive exhibits range from lift-your-own-weight pulleys to thermograms. The centre covers almost every aspect of science, from simple optical illusions to cutting-edge computer technology, including a section on moral and environmental issues – all good fun, although weekends and school holidays are a scrum. Meanwhile, a bubble-like IMAX theatre shows science- and nature-based documentaries, while the 416ft-high Glasgow Tower, built with an aerofoil-like construction to allow it to rotate to face into the prevailing wind, has a viewing tower offering panoramic vistas of central Glasgow.
One of Glasgow’s best-loved treasures is the Waverley, the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world, which spends the summer cruising “doon the watter” to various ports on the Firth of Clyde and the Ayrshire coast from its base at Glasgow Science Centre. Built on Clydeside in 1947, she’s an elegant vessel to look at, not least when she’s thrashing away at full steam with the hills of Argyll or Arran in the background. Contact for sailing times and itinerary.