BBC Scotland - River City

River City
BBC Scotland
Studio Drive
Dumbarton G82 2QW
Website: River City

Our River City tours in November and December are now sold out. Thank you for your interest.

During your visit, you will get the chance to walk through Montego Street and explore the front rooms of your favourite characters. You'll also find out how television drama is put together and get the chance to take photos to remind you of your trip to Shieldinch!

As the tours take place during the filming break, the cast will not be present. Sometimes changes to the sets take place during the summer break so we cannot always guarantee access to every set.

Your tour will last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes and does involve a lot of walking so please wear comfortable shoes. You will also be on our outside set for part of the time. The set is wheelchair accessible.

Each tour can take up to 20 people, bookings for 15 and under may be made on the website but any larger groups should call the booking line. Please note that the minimum age for tour visitors is eight and we can’t take any bookings which include children under that age for health & safety reasons. Any group booked for under 18s must have at least 4 accompanying adults. 

We’re pleased to announce the launch of an online River City merchandise store in response to overwhelming demand for this fed back to us on the tours. Visit

**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.



Tour was fantastic after watching River City from its first episode. Guide was brilliant and very knowledgeable about the stars and stuff that happened in the series. Was a dream attending today.
Adult Child Concessions Student Family Ticket
£14.00 £8.00 £12.00 £9.00 £35.00


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 8yrs 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.



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Getting There


Getting to River City:

  • BBC Scotland, Dumbarton Studios, Studio Drive, Dumbarton, G82 2AP (please note
    this postcode may not take you to the new site entrance using some satellite navigation systems)
  • Free parking is available
  • 10 minute walk from railway station


  • Head out on Great Western Road A82 following signs for Loch Lomond/Dumbarton – do not follow the first sign to Dumbarton Town Centre.
  • You will eventually come to Barloan Roundabout. Take the second exit (straight on) at Barloan Roundabout to continue along the A82
  • You will then come to another roundabout, Lomond Gate
  • Take the first exit, it will look as though you are entering a housing estate
  • Take the second turn on your right and go straight through the mini roundabout
  • You should see the BBC entrance (has security gatehouse and barrier) straight ahead of you
  • Follow directional signage on site which will take you to car park


  • Head out on the M8 towards Erskine Bridge.
  • Go over the bridge and take cut off for Crianlarich (A82)
  • Follow this road - do not follow the first sign to Dumbarton Town Centre, instead follow the signs for Loch Lomond
  • You will eventually come to the Barloan Roundabout. (follow directions as per details above)


On Foot

Entry to BBC Scotland Dumbarton Studios is via the new Lomond Gate roundabout or the pedestrian access off Overburn Avenue as described above.  



(15/20 min walk)

  • Come off the train – head towards the main exit of the station. Go down slope and turn right before the main exit – go down steps and then turn right at the bottom of steps
  • Walk to end of the road and turn left at Shell Petrol Station on to Townend Road
  • Cross Poplar Road and continue to walk up Townend Road past the park
  • Where the road slopes up slightly, at the corner of the park, take a left onto Park Crescent, keeping the park on your left hand side
  • Walk to the end of Park Crescent
  • Turn right at the end of the park, onto Overburn Avenue. You will see the pedestrian access to River City further up on the left hand side
  • Make your way to the security gatehouse at the entrance to the site and press the buzzer. Security will advise you from here how you should access the River City Production offices.

All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The tours are not recommended for children under eight years old.  Tour groups for young people must be accompanied by at least four supervising adults.  BBC Scotland tours comply with the BBC’s child protection policy which is available here: Any group booked for under 16s must have at least 4 accompanying adults. 

Disabled Visitor Access

The tour is accessible to wheelchair users. Whilst there is no hearing loop available on the tour, script notes can be provided if requested in advance.  Guide dogs are welcome.

If you have any access requirements please contact the Group Bookings and Access Needs Line in advance of your tour on (0370 901 1227); Textphone for hearing impaired callers 03700 100 212.


Parking is available free of charge within the car park at BBC Scotland Dumbarton Studios.  On arrival at the gate, security staff will identify you based upon the lead name of your booking, and will direct you to the car park.


The tour lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes and includes both outdoor and indoor sets.  There is a lot of walking on the tour so please dress appropriately for this and the weather as the majority of the tour takes place outside on the backlot. We recommend wearing “sensible” footwear – trainers or soft soled shoes are ideal. Ladies are advised not to wear stiletto heels. The tours take place at the weekends when there is no filming taking place therefore cast are not present at the tours. Sometimes changes to the sets take place during the summer break so we cannot always guarantee access to every set.

The tours take place at the weekends when there is no filming taking place therefore cast are not present at the tours. Sometimes changes to the sets take place during the summer break so we cannot always guarantee access to every set.


The canteen will be opened between 9am and 5pm for tea, coffee and snacks. There are also vending machines and water coolers on site.

  • Thanks for a brilliant day, really enjoyed myself. The tour was fantastic. Will be recommending to friends and family
  • Excellent tour and guide shows how much work is involved in producing River City – a great show! Interesting and surprising tour. Would definitely recommend and would do it again.
  • Finding out the buildings were not real. The Tall Ship set with the interaction. Had plenty of time at each stop for photos. Excellent experience. 
  • Being with a charity it enabled me to meet a number of the children who benefited and seeing their smiles during the tour made the whole experience very worthwhile.
  • Watching the children engage with everything was great. We got the tour gifted from Children in Need so it was lovely to be able to give some disadvantaged children a real treat, something completely out of their usual experience.
  • I work with older people and they are ardent fans of the programme. They really enjoyed it and asked lots of good questions.
  • I enjoyed everything, the freedom to walk about, to see, touch and pretend you are actually there on set. The other visitors in our group all interacted with each other by taking pictures to allow couples to be in pictures together. And pretending we were part of the show. Most of all the reminiscing about past storylines.
  • Easy going friendliness and access to everything, did not feel that we were not allowed into anything. Even allowed to sit on the couch and chairs in homes.
More Information


Visitors may take still photographs throughout the tour.  However, video cameras are not permitted. By entering a BBC Building visitors could potentially be photographed, recorded or filmed directly or inadvertently.  By coming on a tour visitors are agreeing to this and if coming with a school or college it is the responsibility of the teachers to gain permission of parents in advance of the trip.  Please tell your guide if this should not happen to any member the group. 

Photo ID

Please make sure everyone aged 18 and over brings photo ID with them to present when checking in for the tour.

If you do not have photo ID a utility bill and bank card or any government issue ID card like a Bus pass will be accepted as a form of identification.

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.


A security guard will be in the area at all times.  The BBC reserves the right to refuse entry.  There are security checks (bag searches and hand held magnetic scanners) before each tour.  Please do not bring large items with you as we do not have facilities to store luggage, bags or coats. Sharp or pointed items such as knives, razor blades, cutlery, tools, nail files, scissors, penknives, de-activated firearms (including replicas), ammunition (of any calibre, in any quantity), pepper sprays and CS gas are not permitted on BBC premises. BBC Security will confiscate items like this and will contact the police if the items are deemed to be illegal so please avoid bringing them with you.


Tour groups will often reflect the diversity of BBC audiences, involving people of different ages and nationalities and we are not able to guarantee the make-up of your particular tour group.


The BBC reserves the right to cancel tours for operational reasons; if this happens we will give you as much notice as possible. In these circumstances, refunds or exchanges will be given. Unfortunately, in all other circumstances, we're not able to offer any refunds or exchanges. On the day of your tour only - if you find you need to contact BBC Scotland Dumbarton Studios to advise cancellation, late arrival or to query any detail of your tour - call direct on 01389 736 666.  At all other times, call the main booking line on 0370 901 1227.

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