Fairfield Heritage has now reopened to visitors. However due to current Covid restrictions there are a limited number of places, to book one or more of these places please visit eventbrite at link below:

Book a place via eventbrite


When is the building open?


If you would like to learn more about Fairfield, the Fairfield Co-ordinator or or one of our volunteer team would be happy to come and speak to groups and organisations about our plans.  Please get in touch with Abigail Morris on 0141 445 5866.


How do I get to Fairfield?

Our full address is:

Fairfield Heritage




Tel:  0141 445 2340

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Arriving by public transport

The Fairfield building is ten minutes walk from Govan Cross Shopping Centre and Govan Underground and Govan Bus stations.  Turn left from the Underground station onto Govan Road, cross over to the Royal Bank of Scotland and continue walking on the right hand side of the road.  You will pass the historic Pearce Institute on your right and the blackened statue of Lord Pearce on your left beside the Brechin Bar.  Just past the Pearce is the Govan Old Church. Continue walking through the local shopping area until you reach the corner of Elder Street and Govan Road.  The main entrance to the building is approximately 200m further along Govan Road on your right.


For public transport costs, timetables or additional information use the links below:

Glasgow Underground:


FirstBus Glasgow travel throughout Glasgow and from the city centre.

Buses 34 and 23 run from Glasgow’s South Side:


Arriva buses travel to Govan from the neighbouring local authorities to the south west of Glasgow:



Arriving by car

Fairfield is approximately 15 minutes drive from Glasgow City Centre,

5 minutes from the M8 and M77 and just  half a mile from Glasgow’s

Clyde Tunnel  if you are travelling from Glasgow’s West. You can get

exact directions using the journey planner below, simply enter

your postcode.


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Arriving by Ferry

The traditional way to cross from the north to the south of the city was

by boat so what better way to arrive at this famous shipbuilding office

than by ferry?

Clyde Cruisers run a ferry service between the new Riverside Museum in Glasgow’s West End and Govan’s Water Row.

For timetable information visit:


What else can I do and see nearby?

The Riverside Museum, the Tall Ship Glenlee, the BBC building,

Glasgow Science Centre, and Braehead Shopping Centre are all close

by, but Govan has a rich and diverse heritage of its own to be explored.

Govan is a recognised conservation area with superb ‘A’ and ‘B’ listed

buildings including Govan Old Parish Church the former Orkney Street

Police Station designed by architect John Burnett in 1866.  The Pearce

Institute, gifted to the people of Govan in 1906 by the wife of Sir William

Pearce, Chairman of Fairfield Shipbuilding Company, in memory of

her husband.


To download a free Heritage Guide and map of the Clyde visit



Govan Old Parish Church

Guided tours available from the first Wednesday in June to the

third Saturday in September on Wednesdays, Thursdays

and Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm.

Telephone:  (0141) 4402466



Govan Old Church is an A-listed building of architectural and historic interest just a few minutes walk from Fairfield and beside the Pearce Institute at Govan Cross.  It stands on the site of the site of the oldest known Christian settlement on the Clyde and is the successor there to four or five previous churches dating back to 450 – 550 AD. The building is considered a masterpiece of gothic revival architecture, completed in 1888 by the distinguished Scottish architect Robert Rowand Anderson whose radical response, through this project, to the Presbyterian tradition of the time led to Govan Old being described as the most influential Presbyterian church ever built.


Govan itself is believed to have been the administrative and ecclesiastical

centre of the ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde, and a place of great importance

when the formation of Scotland was taking place. The most startling evidence

of this power is the impressive collection of medieval sculpture housed within

Govan Old, which almost certainly comprises the gravestones of the ancient

kings’ monuments erected with royal patronage between 900 – 1100 AD.


Among Scotland’s internationally renowned medieval sculpture, the Govan collection is remarkable for the quality and rarity of its content, its most outstanding piece being the Govan Sarcophagus, the only one of its kind carved from solid stone from pre-Norman northern Britain. The collection is the largest outside Iona and St Andrews, and the largest in Scotland from the 9th to 11th centuries.


In all, it amounts to 31 carved stones, which along with the graveyard from which they were recovered, now form a Scheduled Ancient Monument known as Govan, Carved Stones and Old Parish Church Graveyard. The collection comprises a sarcophagus, five hogback tombstones, two cross-shafts, two upright cross-slabs and 21 recumbent cross-slabs.


BBC Scotland Headquarters

BBC Scotland’s headquarters at Pacific Quay provides free public tours on Saturdays but you must book in advance.

Check their website for more details:

Glasgow Museums’ Riverside Museum

Glasgow Museums opened their new Riverside Museum – Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel – on the opposite bank of the river on 21st June 2011.  Here you can see models of some of the vessels made at Fairfield, including the Empress of Britain, as well as Riverside’s Wall of Cars and Hanging Bicycle Veldodrome.


Fairfield Heritage has now reopened to visitors. However due to current Covid restrictions there are a limited number of places, to book one or more of these places please visit eventbrite at following link: Book a place via eventbrite

Between the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the heyday of shipbuilding on the Clyde, Govan was at the centre of the industry.

Whatever your age or experience we can offer a range of learning opportunities. From education groups to community visits.

We are looking for volunteers. To find out more about the huge variety of opportunities to support us, go to Get Involved in the Heritage site.

There's lots going on at Fairfield Heritage Centre. Get the latest Fairifeld news and find out what's on via our EVENTS section.

Once described as the jewel in the crown of Govan, the restored building provides a magnificent venue for all for all kinds of events.