25 Albert Drive  G41 2PE

William Clark, 1894; Zoo Architects, 2000

Category B Listed

Uncover the layers of Tramway’s unique history with venue guides. From tram shed, to Transport Museum, to the first Scottish venue to host the Turner Prize in 2015; come and explore this internationally acclaimed venue for contemporary visual and performing arts! Suggested age range: adults and accompanied young people aged 12+

An industrial cathedral that connects art with humanity…

The building began life in 1893 as the Coplawhill tram shed and, in the early years of the twentieth century, it served as the city’s main tram terminus, depot and factory. Following the demise of the trams in Glasgow in the early 1960s, the building was transformed into the Museum of Transport.

In 1986, the Museum of Transport was relocated from Albert Drive in the south side of the city to Kelvinhall in Glasgow’s west end. Consequently, the vacant building faced demolition until ambitious plans were developed during the late 1980s in preparation for Glasgow’s year as City of Culture 1990.

Today, Tramway is Scotland’s internationally acclaimed venue for contemporary visual and performing art. This reputation is founded upon our commitment to the presentation of the most innovative work by Scottish and international artists. The very distinctive architecture, character and history of the venue itself have ensured that Tramway is a unique place to produce and experience the best in contemporary art.

The Turner Prize is Britain’s most prestigious contemporary art award and will come to Scotland for the first time from October 2015 January 2016. Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important awards for the visual arts in Europe. Admission to the exhibitions by the four shortlisted artists will be free and will run from October 2015 until January 2016.

Discover Glasgows Industrial Heritage: This tour will explore hidden and visible elements of Tramways industrial past.

Hosting a Somewhereto_ event:

  • Venue: Tramway 1
  • Dates: 19th & 20th September
  • Activity: ChazB will be demonstrating his creative process in breaking (break dancing), showing how his basic ideas can develop into details and complex patterns.

Number in Brochure: 90

Opening Times

Tours: Sat 10.30am, 12noon & 3pm, Sun 1pm & 3pm; 1 hour

Meeting Point: Box Office

Advanced Booking Essential

Additional Booking Information:

Booking opens at 10am on Wednesday 26th August 2015.

Please be aware that Doors Open Day events are very popular and will book out quickly.

Spaces are limited per person.

Please only book for events that you intend to go to and cancel your space as soon as possible if you are unable to attend.

If the event is fully booked please feel free to add yourself to the wait list, if a space becomes available you will be contacted and will have one day to respond. Please be aware that you must add yourself to the waitlist for every space and for the times that you want ie. if looking for three spaces at any time, add your name 3 times to each event time.



Restrictions on Access: Suggested age range: adults and accompanied young people aged 12+

Limited Disabled Access
There is level access to all Tramway spaces and bar, with lift access to the upper spaces. However, a section of the tour may involve an alternative route for those with limited mobility.


Disabled Toilet
Hearing Loop
Refreshments Available

Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Tramway is a 2 minute walk from Pollokshields East Station (a 3 minute ride from Central station)

Parking: On Street Parking Available Free of Charge
Parking is limited, traveling by public transport is recommended


0845 330 3501

[email protected]





loading map please wait

55.841025, -4.267157