Given evolving public health considerations, the Fairfield Heritage team have had to take the difficult decision to postpone public access to the Fairfield Heritage visitor centre for the first part of this year, we will review this at the end of July 2021 and hope to be open soon after.
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:
Tel: 0141 445 2340
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: http://www.spt.co.uk/subway/
FirstBus Glasgow travel throughout Glasgow and from the city centre.
Buses 34 and 23 run from Glasgow’s South Side: http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/glasgow/
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
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: www.clydeclippers.com/govan-ferry/
What else can I do and see nearby?
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
To download a free Heritage Guide and map of the Clyde visit
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 http://www.govanold.org.uk/
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’s headquarters at Pacific Quay provides free public tours on Saturdays but you must book in advance.
Check their website for more details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tours/pacificquay.shtml
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.