The Tall Ship at Riverside – Unique Venue in Glasgow for Weddings and Events

Today I’m thrilled to spotlight on the Tall Ship at Riverside, an original & unique venue in Glasgow for weddings, corporate events & special occasions that you and your guests will always remember.

The Tall Ship is an independent museum committed to the preservation and interpretation of the Glenlee and the maritime history of the area for the benefit of local people and visitors to Glasgow.

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This incredible piece of history was built in 1896 on the River Clyde when Glasgow was recognised as the Second City of the Empire and she is now the only Clydebuilt sailing ship still afloat in the UK.

The Glenlee was built at the Bay Yard in Port Glasgow and was one of a group of 10 steel sailing vessels built to a standard design for the Glasgow shipping firm of Archibald Sterling and Co. Ltd.

She is a three masted barque, with length 245 feet, beam 37.5 feet, depth 22.5 feet and air draft 137′ 6″.

The Glenlee first took to the water as a bulk cargo carrier in 1896. She circumnavigated the globe four times and survived  passing through the fearsome storms of Cape Horn 15 times before being bought by the Spanish navy in 1922 and being turned into a sail training vessel.

The ship was modified and served in that role until 1969. She then operated as a training school until 1981 when she was laid up in Seville Harbour and largely forgotten.

A British naval architect saw her in Seville in 1990 and two years later, the Clyde Maritime Trust succeeded in buying her and saving her from dereliction.

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The Tall Ship offers a unique combination of 19th century charm with modern facilities, perfect for weddings, conferences and banqueting.

The atmospheric surroundings evoke dramatic images of a life at sea.

You can get married on the Ship, and can choose, weather permitting, for this to be on the Deck or inside the Ship.

You can enjoy the unique riverside setting (flood lit in the evening), before going below decks to dine or entertain.

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The Tall Ship can accommodate up to 150 people for dining and up to 200 for a reception.

The space is very flexible and allows organisers to use imagination and flair to ‘wow’ their guests.

Guests can browse the onboard exhibits or enjoy the riverside sunset from the main deck.

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For accessabilty there is a lift onboard the Ship, allowing access to all levels for those less able bodied persons.


Your guests are free to explore The Tall Ship while the ships catering company, En Croute, provide all the facilities and services needed to make any event a success.

En Croute manage all of the events matters onboard the Ship including Show rounds, receptions, dinners, bars, bands, djs etc

They have a variety of standard wedding packages and bespoke wedding package options.

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The standard venue hire for the Ship from 5pm until midnight is £1200.00 inclusive of VAT, this is for the Venue hire only.

Times outwith this can be negotiated but there may be an additional cost.


The Tall Ship is situated on the River Clyde just 5 minutes from the M8 motorway, 15 minutes from Glasgow City Centre, and 25 minutes from Glasgow Airport.

It is also within a few minutes walking distance from Partick train and underground stations.

Parking facilities are available beside the Riverside Museum.


To Contact The Tall Ship at Riverside


Phone: 0141 357 3699

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