BBC Scotland – Pacific Quay
Glasgow G51 1DA
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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 between one and a half and 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 25 people, any group booked for under16s must have at least one accompanying adult for each five young people. The Pacific Quay tour is suitable for anyone eight years of age and over, we don't recommend it for younger children.
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- Pre-booking is essential
- Anyone aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- Tours run on Saturdays and Tuesday evenings throughout the year with the exception of December and January.
- Adults £6.75
- Concessions £4.50
- Children (8-15 years inclusive) £4.50
We're sorry, but we don't recommend this tour for the under 8's.
- Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £20.
- 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.
- Prices are valid until the 31 March 2014
To book tickets
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- All bookings must be completed online unless you are booking on behalf of a group of more than 15 people, a charity or have disability related needs. We will be unable to complete any other forms of booking over the telephone as the number must remain free for those who need to speak to a booking agent in order to attend.
- For group bookings of more than 15 people, bookings for wheelchair users, or people who have any other disability-related needs, and free charity tours, please call our group bookings and special access requirements line so that we can discuss any specific requirements.
- By phone 0370 901 1227*.
- By phone from outside the UK, call +44 1732 42 7770.
- By textphone for hearing impaired callers: 03700 100 212*.
*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
*You can pay by cheque or with a credit or debit card including Visa, Mastercard or Visa Debit
Getting to Pacific Quay
BBC Scotland, 40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1DA
Map of directions to Pacific Quay [PDF: 412KB]
Free parking is available
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 until you reach a roundabout.
- Turn right at the roundabout (2nd exit), which takes you on to our access road. The entrance to the car park is highlighted by roadmarkings 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 next roundabout (1st exit), which will take you on to our access road. The entrance to the car park is highlighted by roadmarkings 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 (7-10 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.
- Arriva Scotland service numbers 23 and 23A stop on Pacific Drive near to BBC Scotland.
- First in Glasgow services 9, 56 and 56A 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.
- McGill service numbers 23 & 26 stop on Pacific Drive near to BBC Scotland.
- First in Glasgow services 9, 56 & 56A will drop passengers at the bus stop on Paisley Road West near to the junction with Lorne Street. From there it is a 7 - 10 minute walk to BBC Scotland.
- 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.