Join me on a walk around the amazing Riverside museum designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and engineers Buro Happold. It is located at Pointhouse Quay in the Glasgow harbour regeneration district. The museum opened in June 2011 and won the European Museum of the Year Award in 2013. It has a huge floor space of around 7,000 sq meters and houses over 3,000 exhibits such as cars, bicycles, locomotives and some of Glasgow’s former trams and even a mock up subway station and Victorian street. What makes the dynamic museum design unusual is that the rooms have no supporting pillars. Right next to the museum on the River Clyde lies the Tall Ship Glenlee. The Glenlee is a three-masted barque, which was built as a cargo ship at Port Glasgow in 1896 for Glasgow owners. From 1922 she was the sail training ship Galatea in the Spanish Navy. In 1993 the ship was rescued from being scrapped and bought by the Clyde Maritime Trust. After making the hull seaworthy she was returned to Glasgow in tow from Seville.
Starting out in the Black Forest, Sven was living in Berlin and London before moving to Glasgow in 2010. Being interested in cities, museums, architecture, anthropology and photography he studied Art History and Sociology at the Open University in London and Museum Studies at the University of Glasgow, from where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in 2013. Between 2014 and 2018 he was Heritage Officer at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society in Glasgow. It is in this role he started to offer walking tours. After living for nine month in Barcelona he returned to Glasgow just before lockdown.
Sven has been guiding since Aug 2014
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Glasgow with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.
The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Glasgow. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide’s hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
Myra (Canada) S.
16 April 2021
This was a great tour and I learned a lot. Sven was easy to understand and has a great knowledge of his adopted country.
13 April 2021
Great way to see the views around the Glenlee and Riverside.
13 April 2021
12 April 2021
Great insight into a much-loved Glasgow museum and venue. As a Glaswegian, myself, I am very impressed and thoroughly recommend Sven's introduction to my beautiful city. Thank you Sven
12 April 2021
I really enjoyed this tour. You have certainly mastered the camera shot so I have some beautiful ones now for my album. Your account of the development of the area was fascinating. This could have been left as it was in your photos, so an amazing amount of work and money has been poured into the area. Thank you for sharing this in detail, and the photos of the architect, Zaha Hadid.