Sunday 22 August 2021

Tourist Information Greenock

Quite a few cruise ships are due to visit Greenock in the coming months.  If you are planning to stop off at Greenock for a visit - whether by ship or just for a day out, I would like to suggest a couple of resources which might help with your visit.  (Current on 30 March 2022.)

Victoria Tower, Municipal Buildings, Greenock

First of all a map - essential of course!  You can download a local map from the Inverclyde Council website here.  It is a bit out of date but it gives you the necessary information for finding your way around.  Please note that passengers from cruise ships are now using a different exit from the one pointed out on the map (it is no longer on Patrick Street).  Find Cathcart Street on the map and you should be able to get your bearings.  Greenock Central Railway Station is just a short walk away from there.  You can get to Glasgow from Greenock Central - click to see map and timetable.  McGills buses also run a regular service to Glasgow and Largs (901/906) - timetable here.

Men of the Clyde sculpture, Clyde Square, Greenock

There are lots of things to see and do in Greenock.  The McLean Museum and Art Gallery part of the Watt Institution on Kelly Street and Union Street is well worth a visit.  It is open Wednesday - Saturday from 10 till 4.  Check out the website for current information.  You can also explore many of the Watt Institution's resources online.

Watt Institution, Union Street, Greenock

Inverclyde Council also provide a variety of publications and guides to help you enjoy your visit to the area.  You can find them here.  There are a variety on notable local people like James Watt, John Galt and Highland Mary (Robert Burns' sweetheart). 

Former Tobacco Warehouses, Container Way, Greenock

If you enjoy walking, you can find a guided walk for Greenock's Esplanade - a lovely, flat walk with plenty of benches along the way which give you time to sit and enjoy the fabulous views.  Download leaflet here.  (Try an ice-cream from the Esplanade Cafe - delicious!)  

Local history and heritage more your thing?  Download here then you can follow the Greenock Town Trail which maps out some buildings and places of note in the town.  The Greenock Historic Quarter booklet is also available to download from other sites.  The smaller Inverclyde towns of Gourock and Port Glasgow are just a short bus ride away.  Check out my Port Glasgow Heritage Walk for more information.

Cemeteries - there's a booklet detailing walks in our cemeteries here.  Find out about some of those who were important in Greenock's past and are buried there.  There are also lots of posts on this Blog telling about some of these people. 

Use the "search this blog" section in the right-hand column of this blog to find out more information about a variety of subjects of interest in Inverclyde.  

If you have any questions about what to see and do on your visit or would just like some more information or advice, then please get in touch with me.  Use the "get in touch" form on the right column of this blog.  I'm happy to help.

Enjoy your visit!

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