Fairfield Heritage
Fairfield Heritage
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The greatest of the Glasgow shipbuilding yards was Fairfield, established more than 150 years ago. Its prestigious former headquarters building is now a Heritage Centre telling the remarkable and enduring story of shipbuilding on the Clyde. Open 5 days, Mon - Fri, 1pm to 4pm.
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  • Mavis W
    6 contributions
    Fairfield Heritage Museum Worth a Visit
    Visited the Fairfield Heritage Museum today. Came across it by accident while passing on the street and glad we entered the building. Beautifully restored offices of the Fairfield Shipyard. The staff were so accommodating and helpful. My husband, a retired sea captain, was able to tell them that one of the ships he served on was built by Fairfield. A really interesting afternoon. I would recommend a visit not only by those interested in ships and the sea but anyone wanting to know more of the history of Govan.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Alasdair S
    2 contributions
    One of the best small museums in Scotland
    A visit to Fairfield Heritage is a must for anyone interested in the history of shipbuilding on the Clyde. The building has been beautifully restored, the exhibits are informative and well laid out and the volunteers are welcoming and very well informed. You can easily spend a couple of hours here.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 17 July 2023
  • LorrsR
    Glasgow, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Fantastic!
    Had an excellent visit today. Very knowledgeable and friendly volunteers greet you with a warm welcome. The building is stunning and you can tell a lot of hard work and effort went into restoring it to its former glory. There are lots of wonderful exhibits on display and plenty to learn about the history of shipbuilding in Govan. Definitely will be going again for a return visit. Would highly recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Gord C
    2 contributions
    Well worth the time.
    A must see when in Glasgow. The attentive staff give an excellent presentation on the shipbuilding and industrial history of the Clyde, the workers, managers and entrepreneurs that made Glasgow the second city of the British Empire. Situated in a beautifully restored heritage building, the story is told through illustrated text panels, video presentations, artefacts and amazingly detailed ship models. The staff are welcoming and knowledgeable. Easy access by several bus routes from central Glasgow.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Leslie W
    175 contributions
    Very worth a visit
    The staff here were very welcoming. They explained the layout of the place, showed me a video and got me started. The history of Fairfield as a shipbuilding outfit is pretty amazing. They were actually speed-building warships at the same time as my grandma was in Portland, Oregon. The two men working there remembered that time well and we talked for a while. The museum has some really nice ship models, and the whole place is well laid out and informative. Fairfield has been through a couple of financial crises and several owners, but is still building ships.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Sandy S
    Derby, United Kingdom6 contributions
    Visiting Shipyard Where My Grandfather Worked
    Visited the heritage centre with family. Discovered it whilst researching my father's family. A fascinating place with ery helpful staff and displays. The videos were very interesting. There was plenty of parking within a few steps of the entrance.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Bodfryn
    Bristol, United Kingdom30 contributions
    Interesting
    Really enjoyed our visit here. The building was left derelict and has been restored thankfully. It is a lovely building, and the volunteers know their stuff and we watched a video all about how it was restored. A bit of history right in the middle of Govan. No admission fee but you can make a contribution.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Paul Lyden
    Helensburgh, United Kingdom7 contributions
    A great reconstructed Shipyard Offices and museum
    After many months of talking about it we eventually visited Fairfields Heritage Shipyard Museum today. Why did we wait so long? My dad worked in shipyards up and down Clyde side and my wife is a native Govanite so even walking down to Fairfields was a trip down memory lane. The reconstruction of the reception and management offices (which my dad would never have been allowed to enter as he was just a working man) were a magnificent example of industrial buildings created to demonstrate the importance of industry to Victorian and Edwardian Scotland. The displays are very informative and the staff could not have been more helpful and indeed interested in our story too. No doubt amassing more stories to tell on to lucky future visitors. I will certainly return as there was too much juicy information to assimilate in one visit If you are ever down Govan way make sure you pop in. It is open from 1pm till 4pm every day, July to October.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
  • chairmanglasgow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom111 contributions
    Wet afternoon find
    Been planning to go here for ages so did on a wet afternoon. What a gem. By the time I came to live in Glasgow ship building was largely a thing of the past, save for BAE. This museum gives you a real insight into the history and life of one of the most important yards.Four rooms packed with information on the Fairfield yard with lots of short informative films to watch. You can also see the old boardroom where many significant decisions must have been made. If visiting Glasgow this museum will give you a great insight into a key part of the heritage of the city. If from Glasgow you can learn about a key part of the industrial heritage of the city. And it is free!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 October 2023
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Matt F
Somerset, UK31 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Really interesting insight into Glasgow’s ship building history. Well worth a visit and a chat with the amazing staff.
Written 17 October 2023
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chairmanglasgow
Glasgow, UK111 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Been planning to go here for ages so did on a wet afternoon. What a gem. By the time I came to live in Glasgow ship building was largely a thing of the past, save for BAE. This museum gives you a real insight into the history and life of one of the most important yards.Four rooms packed with information on the Fairfield yard with lots of short informative films to watch. You can also see the old boardroom where many significant decisions must have been made. If visiting Glasgow this museum will give you a great insight into a key part of the heritage of the city. If from Glasgow you can learn about a key part of the industrial heritage of the city. And it is free!
Written 4 October 2023
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Camper36291569988
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Business
I went here recently with my work. It was very informative and the architecture of the building is really nice. Everything in the building was well maintained and the staff were very friendly and informative.
Written 28 September 2023
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Paul Lyden
Helensburgh, UK7 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
After many months of talking about it we eventually visited Fairfields Heritage Shipyard Museum today. Why did we wait so long? My dad worked in shipyards up and down Clyde side and my wife is a native Govanite so even walking down to Fairfields was a trip down memory lane. The reconstruction of the reception and management offices (which my dad would never have been allowed to enter as he was just a working man) were a magnificent example of industrial buildings created to demonstrate the importance of industry to Victorian and Edwardian Scotland. The displays are very informative and the staff could not have been more helpful and indeed interested in our story too. No doubt amassing more stories to tell on to lucky future visitors. I will certainly return as there was too much juicy information to assimilate in one visit If you are ever down Govan way make sure you pop in. It is open from 1pm till 4pm every day, July to October.
Written 9 September 2023
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Maureen S
4 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
If you are interested in shipbuilding history then the fairfield shipbuilding heritage run by volunteers is the place for you. Short film displays, models and the amazing boardroom along with photos and stories from the past within the setting of the fairfield building.
Written 1 September 2023
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Bodfryn
Bristol, UK30 contributions
Aug 2023
Really enjoyed our visit here. The building was left derelict and has been restored thankfully. It is a lovely building, and the volunteers know their stuff and we watched a video all about how it was restored. A bit of history right in the middle of Govan.

No admission fee but you can make a contribution.
Written 26 August 2023
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Sandy S
Derby, UK6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Visited the heritage centre with family. Discovered it whilst researching my father's family.
A fascinating place with ery helpful staff and displays. The videos were very interesting.
There was plenty of parking within a few steps of the entrance.
Written 22 August 2023
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Leslie W
175 contributions
Jul 2023
The staff here were very welcoming. They explained the layout of the place, showed me a video and got me started. The history of Fairfield as a shipbuilding outfit is pretty amazing. They were actually speed-building warships at the same time as my grandma was in Portland, Oregon. The two men working there remembered that time well and we talked for a while. The museum has some really nice ship models, and the whole place is well laid out and informative. Fairfield has been through a couple of financial crises and several owners, but is still building ships.
Written 14 August 2023
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Gord C
2 contributions
Aug 2023
A must see when in Glasgow. The attentive staff give an excellent presentation on the shipbuilding and industrial history of the Clyde, the workers, managers and entrepreneurs that made Glasgow the second city of the British Empire. Situated in a beautifully restored heritage building, the story is told through illustrated text panels, video presentations, artefacts and amazingly detailed ship models. The staff are welcoming and knowledgeable. Easy access by several bus routes from central Glasgow.
Written 12 August 2023
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Robbie M
3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Very interesting and amazingly well restored building/exhibit explained by friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Written 29 July 2023
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