Discover Historic Inverclyde

The local open top bus tour which will give you an overview of the whole area and its stunning setting, on the banks of the Clyde.

Right in the heart of the town;

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Museum, on Dalrymple Street.

Adjacent to the museum you can take a walk through the Historic Quarter, wander through Cathcart Square and visit the Mid Kirk Church which stands overlooking the square.

The Dutch Gable House on William Street, the oldest house in Greenock dating from 1755.

James Watt, Greenock’s most famous son, was born in the house on the corner in 1736 and this later became the site of the James Watt Memorial College in 1908.  A monument to James Watt stands proud on the corner.

Custom House building, built in 1818 stands on the waterfront.  Within the building there is also the Robert Burns Exhibition and Archive, dedicated to the life of Rabbie Burns and his connections to Greenock.

The Beacon Arts Centre and have some lunch overlooking the Clyde, alternatively walk back to the town centre and have a walk along West Blackhall Street where you can eat or have a coffee at a number of Cafes.

Recently refurbished and opened November 2019 the Watt Institution houses the Watt Library, a reference library dating from 1837 and the McLean Museum.

An afternoon exploring the heritage of the area will give you a great insight into the fascinating history of this this town built by the merchants of the 1800’s.

Mid Quay 1900