BBC Scotland - River City
Dumbarton G82 2QW
Website: River City
We're delighted to announce the return of the River City Tours in June and July 2013.
On the tour you will get the chance to walk through Montego Street and explore the front rooms of your favourite characters. You'll also find out more about how a television drama is put together and get the chance to take photos to remind you of your trip to Shieldinch!
Tours take place during the summer break from filming, so 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 18 people; bookings for 15 and under may be made on the website but any larger groups should call the booking line. Please note that we don't recommend the tour for the under 8s. Any group booked for under 16s must have at least 4 accompanying adults.
- Read further information about visiting River City [PDF: 86KB]
- Read frequently asked questions (FAQs) about BBC Tours [PDF: 213KB]
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- Pre-booking is essential
- Anyone aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult
- Tours take place every Saturday in June and July
- Adults £8.00
- Concessions £5.50
- Children (8-15 years inclusive) £5.50
We're sorry, but we don't recommend this tour for the under 8s
- 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 31 March 2014
To book tickets
- 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*
*UK-wide rate charged at no more than 01/02 geographic numbers; calls may be recorded for training
Getting to River City
- BBC Scotland, Dumbarton Studios, Studio Drive, Dumbarton, G82 2QW (please note this postcode will not take you to the new site entrance using satellite navigation)
Map of directions to River City [2071KB]
- Free parking is available
- 10-minute walk from railway station
By car: driving directions from Glasgow
- 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, signposted 'local'
- Look for BBC entrance (has security gatehouse and barrier) on your right
- Follow directional signage on site which will take you to car park
By car: driving directions from Glasgow (via Erskine Bridge)
- 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 in details above)
Please note: If you are driving you are advised to check if there area any roadworks taking place on your route, particularly if you are to be using the Erskine Bridge.
By train: walking directions from Dumbarton Central Station
(10 to 15-minute walk)
- Come off the train – head towards the main exit of station. Go down slope and turn right before the main exit – go down steps and then turn right at 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 on to 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. Security will advise you from here how you should access the River City Production offices.