BBC Scotland - Pacific Quay

BBC Scotland
Pacific Quay
Glasgow G51 1DA
Website: BBC Scotland

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Tickets are available to buy until midnight the day before your intended visit.

On this tour of BBC Scotland's headquarters on the banks of the River Clyde you'll learn about one of the most modern broadcast centres in the UK, find out how we make programmes here and see inside some studios (broadcast requirements permitting). We'll also tell you a bit about the architecture of the building and, just for fun, you will get the chance to try out some hands-on activities.

Your tour will last about two hours, and does involve a moderate amount of walking so please wear comfortable shoes. The building is wheelchair accessible, but please tell us in advance if you have any access requirements.

Each tour can take up to 28 people, any group booked for under 18's must have at least one accompanying adult for each five young people. The Pacific Quay tour is suitable for anyone ten years of age and over, we don't recommend it for younger children.

The tour will last approximately 2 hours.

**BBC Tours Security Checks**

Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than your tour time, to allow for all security checks to take place before the tour starts.

Please remember that large bags, rucksacks and shopping bags are not allowed on the tour. We do not have cloakroom facilities, so please do not bring these bags with you. Please check our Terms and Conditions for what we allow you to bring.

We hope you understand the need for these extra checks and we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

Friendly relaxed tour. Felt it was very much tailored to visitors expectations and took into account all our queries.

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Prices valid until 1st April 2018 until 31st March 2019

Adult Child Concessions Student Family Ticket
£12.00 £7.00 £10.00 £7.75 £26.00

 

Concession (aged 60 and over)

Children (under 18 years)

Under 18s must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult at all times.

Babies and children under 10yrs old can't be admitted as the tour is not appropriate for children of this age group.

Blue Peter Badge holders: only available to badge holders aged under 16 (with a badge and badge winner's card) when accompanied by a full paying adult – free. Please have your badge ID number to hand when booking online.

Family ticket: 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children

Disabled visitors: Concession prices apply for all Blue Badge Holders, Escorts also get free entry but will require a ticket for admission please call our Access Needs line on 0370 901 1227 (+44 1732 42 7770 from outside the UK; textphone for hearing – impaired callers 0370 903 0304) to arrange your tickets.

Registered charities may book free group tours on a first-come first-served basis on provision of registered charity number

Charities will not be able to book more than one free tour in two consecutive years, concession rates are available.

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Booking Information

Pre-booking is essential.

Tickets are available to buy until midnight the day before your intended visit.

Full information will be published on the BBC Tours website when booking becomes available. For further information on all upcoming shows, tours and events please join our mailing list.

Under 18s must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult at all times.

Blue Peter Badge holders: only available to badge holders aged under 16 (with a badge and badge winner's card) when accompanied by a full-paying or concessionary adult.  If a disabled Blue Peter badge holder is accompanied by a registered carer, both can gain free entry. Carers must bring along evidence. If a full paying or concessionary adult is accompanied by two children with badges and valid badge cards free entry will be given for both children - please book online and have your badge ID number to hand. If you have any access needs, please call our group bookings and access needs line on 0370 901 1227.  Please note that this offer is not available to adults or anyone aged 16 or over.

Tours run on Saturdays during the day and Tuesday evenings throughout the year with the exception of June, July, November, December, January and February.

For individual and group bookings of fewer than 15 people, please book online using the 'Book now' button above (if you have any access needs, please call our booking line – details below).

You can pay by cheque or with a credit or debit card including Visa, Mastercard or Visa Debit.

Venue

BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay

Getting There

BBC Scotland, 40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1DA

PLEASE CHECK ROAD/TRANSPORT REPORTS BEFORE SETTING OFF

By car – from M8 westbound carriageway

Exit the M8 at Junction 19

Continue straight down the slip road, through first set of traffic lights, in the middle lane until you come to the second set of traffic lights.

Turn right onto the Broomielaw. The River Clyde will be on your left hand side.

Continue straight on until you reach the traffic light junction at the 'squinty bridge'.

Turn left on to the bridge and cross the river.

Turn right at the end of the bridge, through the next set of traffic lights, and continue along the road, driving past our building and car park which you will see on your right-hand side.

You will come to a junction, turn right, which takes you on to our access road. The entrance to the car park is highlighted by road markings indicating a right-turn filter lane.

By car – from M8 eastbound carriageway

Exit the M8 at Junction 24 (Helen Street). Turn left on to Helen Street at the traffic lights at the top of the off-ramp.

Continue along Helen Street until you come to a roundabout.

Go straight through the roundabout (2nd exit) – this is a continuation of Helen Street.

Continue until you come to the main junction with Govan Road.

Turn right on to Govan Road. You will pass the underground on the left.

Continue along Govan Road as the road begins to curve up to the right.

You will come to a roundabout - turn left here (1st exit).

You will now be able to see the Glasgow Science Centre and the Glasgow Tower on the left-hand side of the road, with BBC Scotland just beyond them.

Turn left at the junction before the BBC Scotland building, which will take you on to our access road. The entrance to the car park is highlighted by road markings indicating a right-turn filter lane.

By rail – walking from the Scottish Exhibition Centre low level station (10-15 minute walk)

Exit the station by climbing the stairs to street level.

Take the exit door on the right-hand side.

Once outside, to your right is the entrance to the tunnel which crosses the Clydeside Expressway. Walk through the tunnel until you exit. You will see the SECC on your right-hand side at this point.

On front of you is the Clyde Auditorium or 'Armadillo'. Walk round this building to the riverside walkway.
You will now see the pedestrian Bells Bridge and you will also be able to see BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay building on the other side of the river at this stage.

Cross the bridge, turn right at the end and walk along the length of the building.

Turn left once you reach the corner and the entrance to main reception will be in front of you.

By underground – walking from Cessnock underground station (20-25 minute walk)

Exit the underground station via the stairs, turning left at the top and walking towards Brand Street.

You will see pedestrian signs showing the way to the Glasgow Science Centre – following these will keep you going in the right direction.

Turn right on to Brand Street and walk to the end of this road.

You are now at a junction with several roads. Immediately on your left is Govan Road: cross over this road and walk on until you come to the next street, which is Lorne Street.

Turn left along this road and follow it until you come to traffic lights on the main road (also called Govan Road). You will be opposite a large red brick building at this point.

Cross the road and turn left – walk along this pavement until you see BBC Scotland on your right-hand side. Follow the line of the car park, turning right at the next roundabout, and this will bring you on to the access road up to BBC Scotland and into the main reception.

By bus

McGills service numbers 23, 23A and 26 stop on Pacific Drive near to BBC Scotland.

Stagecoach X19 departs every 10 minutes from Glasgow City Centre.

First Bus No 90 will drop passengers at the bus stop on Paisley Road West near to the junction with Lorne Street. From there it is a 7 to 10 minute walk to BBC Scotland.

By bicycle

There are cycle routes which pass by close to BBC Scotland; you can find a map of these routes on Glasgow City Council's website.

There are a limited number of bicycle racks in the square outside BBC Scotland.

Children

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour is not suitable for under 8s. All tour groups including children must have a ratio of one supervising adult to every five children.

Disabled Visitor Access

The tour is accessible to visitors requiring wheelchair access. There is no hearing loop available, but script notes can be provided if requested in advance. Guide dogs are welcome.

For your own safety and that of others on the tour, please tell us in advance if anyone in your party has mobility difficulties by phoning our booking line on on 0370 901 1227 (from outside the UK, call: +44 1732 42 7770).

Parking

Free parking is available in the BBC Scotland car park. On arrival, press the buzzer on the entrance barrier and give the lead name on the booking.

Duration

Tours last approximately two hours. Each tour involves a walk round the building, including central staircase and broadcast studios (when programme requirements permit access), and includes the chance to try reading the news and producing or acting in a "just for fun" radio drama.

Tours begin promptly so please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for your booking.

Refreshments

Available to purchase from Cafe Quay in BBC Scotland's foyer.

Group Booking

For group bookings of more than 15 people and bookings for visitors with access needs, please call our group bookings and access requirements line on 0370 901 1227* (+44 1732 42 7770 from outside the UK; textphone for hearing-impaired callers 0370 903 0304*) so that we can discuss any specific requirements.

Please note it is not possible to make a booking for fewer than 15 people over the phone unless you have access requirements – please book online.

Important Security Information

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your tour to allow for all security checks to take place before the tour starts.   Guests will be subject to a person and bag search.  Please only bring essential items and keep belongings to a minimum. 

The following items are permitted on the tour

Small bags including handbags (under 40cm x 35cm x 19cm - approximately the size of an A3 sheet of paper)
Prohibited Items

No Backpacks
No Large bags including shopping bags (over 40cm x 35cm x 19cm - approximately the size of an A3 sheet of paper)
No Suitcases
No item where the contents cannot be verified on search such as wrapped presents/gifts
Please note there are no temporary storage facilities for non-permitted bags, it will be left to the guest to find a safe temporary storage facility.

*Standard geographic charges apply and calls may be included in your telecoms provider's call package. Calls from mobiles may be higher. Calls may be recorded for training.

Reviews
  • Our guide was very enthusiastic about her job, also we were fortunate to meet one of the weather presenters on our tour who took the time to talk to the group and answer our questions
  • The two girls conducting the tour were lovely. It was very interesting ,and we found the interactive aspect smashing, especially my 10yr old girl :-). loved seeing into studio A with all the lights etc. Very enjoyable, and have highly recommended to family and friends!
  • Being able to see inside the studios and gantry gave us a better understanding how programmes are made and appear on our TV.
  • It has made me watch Scotland's news with a more discerning eye! It was great to meet one of the weather reporters who bought her work to life and we were able to pretend to read the weather. Also thought the chance to make a radio drama was a lot of fun.
  • We were made to feel that we all mattered.
  • Standing on top floor looking down into centre of building was very, very impressive. Also liked actually being in the studio where the news is read from.
  • Friendly relaxed tour. Felt it was very much tailored to visitors expectations and took into account all our queries.
  • Both (guides) were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They clearly love their work and that came over very strongly. They were relaxed and welcoming, and considerate of the different group members.
  • Our guides where lovely and very witty and informative ... Great people!!

 

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