Greenock is a town and the administrative center of the Inverclyde council area, located on the Southern Shore of the Firth of Clyde west of Glasgow. Surrounded by the hills on one part, the opposite is bounded to the waterfront that stretches for to four miles across the city. Because of this, it is a port town famous for its views overlooking the shore of the Firth of Clyde.
This port town exists in an unusual liminal time and era, wherein the cramped industrial establishments centered around the port greatly contrasts the 19th century architecture that is featured in the residential areas located nearer to the hills.
There are a lot of activities that can be done in Greenock with its unusual arrangement of two worlds combined in one. You will be shocked to find out that despite being a port town, it is pretty developed and modern. Let’s take a tour around Greenock and discover these activities.
Things to Do in Greenock
1.Play in the Ravenscraig Activity Center
Ravenscraig Activity Center is the perfect fun place to visit if you are traveling to Greenock with your children! It is a recreation center filled with a lot of play equipment – from slides to trampolines and climbing walls, this activity center is pretty complete. The play includes a large area where the adults can relax and have fun on their own while watching over the kids.
The staffs are super friendly, easily approachable and attentive in true Scottish fashion. The play equipment are always kept clean and spotless by the staffs and safety is ensured with all the safety equipment and precautions that accompany each play equipment. There is also a small cafeteria inside of the recreation center where you can grab a bite for you or your children.
It has recently undergone a transformation and now houses a fitness center along with other play equipment: X-height climbing, soft play equipment and even party rooms for children’s birthday parties.
Let your kids play till they drop in this fun activity center on your trip to Greenock.
Admission fee can range anywhere from 7 GBP to 15 GBP.
Monday to Friday: 5:30AM to 11PM
Saturday to Sunday: 8AM to 8PM
Soft Play & Cafe
Monday to Thursday: 9:30AM to 8PM
Friday to Sunday: 9:20AM to 6:30PM
X Height Adventure Climb (Term Time)
Monday to Friday: 3:30PM to 8:30PM
Saturday to Sunday: 9:20AM-6:40PM
X Height (School Holidays)
Monday to Thursday: 10:30AM-3:10PM
Friday to Sunday: 9:20AM-6:40PM
Address 98 Auchmead Rd, Greenock, PA16 0JE, UK
Phone +44 1475 213126
2.Swim at the Waterfront Leisure Complex
This Waterfront Complex is filled with various activities that are suitable for any age group. It is filled with awesome aquatic sessions that can be done if you are looking to stretch out your muscles in the water and enjoy with your family.
There is a 25-meter training pool, a children’s kiddie pool, a fitness gym, and ice rink, body flume, health suite, tire ride, and even a wave machine. With all of these facilities and features, the Waterfront Leisure Complex is popular for both locals and travelers alike.
Aquatic sessions and lessons are also offered. Aside from the facilities, there is also a cafeteria located inside the complex. It’s always kept clean and orderly and safety is also not a concern as there are enough trained staffs overlooking the whole complex at all times.
Conveniently located on the banks of River Clyde, it boasts wonderful and stunning views while at the same time, being pretty accessible as it is located on the main road and is only a short five-minute walk from the Greenock Central Station if you plan on taking the train.
Swimming prices are as follows:
Adult for 5.60 GBP
Junior for 4.40 GBP
Concession for 4.40 GBP
Inverclyde Resident Concession 3.90 GBP
Family Swim 16.50 GBP
Monday: 6:30AM to 9:30PM
Tuesday and Wednesday: 7AM to 8:30PM
Thursday: 6:30AM to 8PM
Saturday and Sunday: 9AM to 4:30PM
Monday to Friday: 3:15PM to 8:30PM
During Inverclyde School Holidays: 10AM to 7PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10AM to 4:30PM
Address: 8 Customhouse Way, Greenock PA15 1 EW, UK, United Kingdom
Phone +44 1475 797979
3.Unwind In the Greenock Golf Club
Established in 1890s, the Greenock Golf Club is a historic golf facility that now boasts three designer courses. One course has nine holes; another has 18, while the third one has 27. It’s designed of utter brilliance to be essential and enjoyable, especially to the female golfers.
It hosted several professional and amateur county scholarships in the past and have welcomed to its complex the famous names of golfers who are JH Taylor, Harry Vardon, Robert de Vicenzo and other more. Located just 25 minutes from the Glasgow International airport, it is conveniently placed on a strategic location that showcases the panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde.
There are a lot of events hosted throughout the years and if you are lucky, you might even manage to visit in time for some events or competitions! Aside from the main golf courses, it also features a restaurant that serves the best Scottish flavors, a multifunctional club house and a pro shop.
Day tours cost around 65 GBP – 75 GBP. You also have the option of being a member, if you plan on staying in Scotland for an extended period of time.
It is opens at 8AM until 9PM at sundown.
Address : The Greenock Golf Club, Forsyth Street, Greenock PA16 8RE
Phone : Greenock Golf Club Secretary Mrs. Heather Sinclair: 01745 791912
4.Feel at Peace at the Greenock West Church
Arguably the most iconic and famous landmark of Greenock, the Greenock West Church is definitely on the bucket list of any traveler visiting England.
It is a Tudor Gothic Church with a well-decorated interior and exterior design built in 1839 by John Baird I at a cost of 3650 GBP, the church features a vaulted ceiling, fine stained glass and outstanding pipe organ. Service on this church is usually known for being very solemn and very enjoyable – perfect for those looking to rediscover and strengthen their relationships with God Almighty.
They usually hold events for various holidays and church-related special occasions, such as during Christmas and on Easter. If you are planning to visit around these times, expect to experience something different from the usual worship masses.
The Greenock West Church has its doors open to anyone.
Worship happens weekly every Sunday at 11PM.
The Church is open from 10:30Am to 1PM.
Address :George Square, Greenock PA15 1QP
Phone: +44 1475 648486
5.Watch the River Clyde at Lyle Hill
The Lyle Hill is the best spot to have a panoramic view of the famous Firth of Clyde. It is a peak in Greenock that overlooks the Gourock and Tail of The Bank the Clyde River. It is definitely recommended for you to visit this hill if you are ever planning to visit Greenock as it provides the best views across this port town.
Also visible from its highest peak of 426 feet are the Cowal hills, with the town of Donoon below, the Holy Lock which was the former site of the US Navy Scottish submarine base and some settlements that originated from the 19th century such as the Kilcreggan, Rosneath and Helensberg to the east.
It is open for 24 hours, therefore, you can freely pick the time of your visit. You can visit at dawn, to witness the beautiful sunrise or visit at dusk and see the captivating orange sundown as it kisses the horizon with the blue waters.
It is a nice walk to the viewpoint where a large, white anchor stands, as a symbol for the town being a port and its history as a former fishing village.
Visiting the Lyle Hill is free.
The Lyle Hill is open 24 hours a day.
Address: 154 Lyle Rd, Greenock PA16 7QT, UK
6.Visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Museum
Formerly a magnificent Victorian building that functioned as an old fire station for 52 years, it was renovated to be a fire and rescue museum that opened its doors on June 28, 2012. With its renovation, the Strathclyde Fire Board, who opened the museum, opted to retain majority of its original features such as the hose racks, cobble stones and original oak doors and gas lamps.
The museum boasts a wide range of collection of artifacts, related to the former fire station that once stood in the same building that the museum is found on. On your visit, you are bound to learn about the history of fire and rescue in Greenock, including well-known fires and the brave stories of how they were put out by the courageous firefighters. There are lots of information boards that you can read in order to learn more about the museum and the fire and rescue culture of the port town of Greenock.
Artifacts such machineries and equipment are in the museum as well as displays of the fire truck models that has since then been used by the old and current fire station of Greenock.
The famous painting of a sullen firefighter after putting out a fire of famous Floridan painter Peter O’Neill is also displayed on the museum.
The museum is free to be visited by anyone.
It is usually open on the second and last Sunday of each month from 12NN to 4PM but opens at 10AM when there are cruise ships in town. The dates of The Museum’s openings are usually posted on the frnt door of the museum.
Address: Wallace PI, Greenock PA15 1LZ, UK
Phone : 01698 300999
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