Aerial view looking west over the city of Glasgow

Discover the history and heritage of the River Clyde

For many hundreds of years the River Clyde has brought commerce and industry into the heart of the city of Glasgow. Now, as regeneration transforms communities along the course of the river, visitors and local people can explore the rich historical legacy.

Explore 20km of the Clyde, from the ancient park of Glasgow Green, through the city centre and down the river to Clydebank, Renfrew and Dumbarton. The river tells the story of Glasgow's industrial past and beyond; there is history to discover that dates back to Roman times and the dark ages. Find out more by visiting the 12 regional areas featured below.

Enjoy some of Scotland's most popular riverside visitor attractions while you uncover the heritage of the river. Visit our newest attraction, the Riverside Museum, for the story of Glasgow's transport and technology. Visit the Clyde by land, sea or air and discover it for yourself.

A River of Opportunity

A river of opportunity

Regeneration is currently underway to transform the banks of the Clyde, making it a great place, to work, live and visit. Watch our new film, A river of opportunity about the changes that are taking place along the River Clyde.

Share your stories of River Clyde heritage attractions

People's Palace and Winter Gardens

Visited any of the Clyde Waterfront heritage attractions?  Perhaps you have fond memories of visiting an attraction, or used to live or work along the Clyde.  If so, we'd love to hear from you! Why not send us your feedback.

Read fascinating accounts of Canal House Ferry Dyke at Bowling including the Lock Keeper at Clyde Canal and the last child to be born at Canal House.

Download the Heritage Guide

Take this guide with you when you go exploring. (2.8MB)

Compass on the Clyde


Get out and about  around the Riverside Museum. Compass on the Clyde lets you explore the history and heritage of the river from various spots around the curcumference of the Riverside Museum.