Scotland is a holiday destination that has many explorable things and activities and can always surprise you with its quirkiness. There are many things Scotland can offer you, be it in terms of culture, heritage, events, and even exciting neighbour cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow. Greenock is one of the Scottish towns that holds many surprising aspects that will leave you in awe with its beauty and history. It’s located around 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) from Glasgow and known for being the site of the first dock on the Clyde back in 1711, giving it a strong maritime history. Greenock is the city that will provide you with a perfect balance of historical exploration and entertainment with its culture and shopping. Keep scrolling to find out about the best things to do in Greenock, the UK.
1. Admire Victoria Tower, Greenock's tall landmark
Greenock Victoria Tower is also one of the evidence that the city has a very dynamic and lively past even back in the days. The tower’s construction was completed in 1886 with an Italian Renaissance style and decorations by granite and also sculptures on the top. It stands proud on 75 metres’ (246 feet) height, and you can see it from all over the city of Greenock, making it a perfect landmark and symbol of the town.
Greenock Victoria Tower
Address: Municipal Buildings 24 Clyde Square, Greenock
Website: Greenock Victoria Tower
2. Enjoy a walk with a view at Greenock Cut
Being in a city that’s very close to nature, it would feel perfect to take a walk on an accessible walking path in the town–and for Greenock, it’s Greenock Cut. The way of Greenock Cut is circular and will give you a brilliant view of the Clyde. Originally the cut is a 5.5-mile (8.9 kilometers) long canal that wasn’t navigable and it was used to feed water from Loch Thom for both domestic and industrial use.
Address: Cornalees Bridge, Loch Thom, Greenock
Website: Greenock Cut
3. See the history and culture of Greenock all in one place
This is the place where you can learn about the history of Greenock through its many exhibitions. McLean Museum was due for a re-opening in early 2020 after a three-year-long renovation, that caused the museum to move some of its exhibits to the Inverclyde Heritage Centre of Cathcart. The Art Gallery housed more than 300 Scottish paintings created by several significant Scottish artists, and also some European and American works that include from those the late 19th and early 20th century.
McLean Museum and Art Gallery
Address: 15 Kelly Street, PA16 8JX Greenock
Website: McLean Museum and Art Gallery
Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 10am - 4pm (closed from Sun - Tue)
4. Get a bird's-eye view of Greenock City at Lyle Hill Viewpoint
This viewpoint is a place that stays in the heart of its visitors, whether tourists or locals. Lyle Hill is located at the top of Lyle Road, where you can take a full view of Gourock and the Clyde. It’s the place that will take your breath away on any weather and any time, be it warm or cold, day or night. Many locals go to this place for important events, such as a proposal or laying down ashes of loved ones. It might be a consideration for you when you visit Lyle Hill Viewpoint–it would be worth it to create a memory at this spot.
Lyle Hill Viewpoint
Address: 156 Lyle Road, Greenock
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
5. Stop by the Free French Forces Memorial, a serene tribute at the top of a hill
This memorial is also located at Lyle Hill so when you’re climbing up here, you will also have the get a glimpse of the olden days of Firth of Clyde. You can also see the memorial monument that took the shape of Cross of Lorraine combined with an anchor, to commemorate the Free French Naval Forces vessels that took part in the Battle of the Atlantic by sailing from the Firth of Clyde.
Free French Forces Memorial
Address: Lyle Road, Greenock
6. Visit Dutch Gable House, an ancient house with history
The Dutch Gable House is one of the most famous buildings in the town quarter of the historic William Street at Greenock. At the back of the house, there was a connecting pathway to the oldest house in Greenock. Currently, this place is used as a museum and art gallery, where exhibitions are usually being held. Of course, being the oldest surviving house in Greenock, some stories accompany the house, not leaving out the scary ones. You might want to prepare yourself when you’re passing the house at night.
Dutch Gable House
Address: 14 William Street, Greenock
7. Be awed by Newark Castle in Port Glasgow
There are many elegant and majestic castles all around Scotland, for this list we’d recommend you one to one of the castles by the shipping docks, Newark Castle in Port Glasgow, around 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from Greenock. The castle is very well-maintained, considering the fact that it was built in 1478 and just got renovated recently. Newark Castle is filled with history and the staff will gladly guide you around the place while sharing some of the stories about the castle and the family who owned it and if you’re lucky you can get your photo taken in Middle Ages costumes.
Address: Castle Road, Port Glasgow PA14 5NG, Scotland
Opening hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm (daily)
Price: 8 USD (adult); 5 USD (children)
8. Take the kids to Glasgow Science Centre and let them learn in a fun way
When in Glasgow, you and your family have to visit the Glasgow Science Centre, it’s a place where all of the visitors can have fun while learning about science and technology in unique ways. Your kids will love their exhibits that can make them busy for hours, that includes IMAX presentations or even exploring the celestial treasure in the planetarium. The Science Centre even has a small cafe where you can relax and have a cup of hot drinks and snacks to fuel your energy before continuing your holiday in Glasgow. Or maybe end the day’s activity at the Science Centre, with the kids being busy learning new things that might even surprise you.
Glasgow Science Centre
Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA, Scotland
Website: Glasgow Science Centre
Opening hours: Summer Hours (Apr - Nov): 10am - 5pm (daily); Winter Hours (Nov - Mar): Wed - Fri: 10am - 3pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm (closed on Mon - Tue)
Price: 15 USD (adult); 13 USD (children); Add-ons: Planetarium: 4 USD; IMAX: 4 USD; Glasgow Tower: 5 USD
Greenock's calm atmosphere and Glasgow's big city excitement
Being located near Glasgow has made Greenock as a popular town to stop by. Then, head to the even quirkier Glasgow to take a few days of slowing down the holiday pace. You’re definitely making a great decision if you’re stopping by at Greenock; you’ll be taken aback by the stories this small town has. Time to decide what to try from the best things to do in Greenock, the UK.
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