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Waverley Excursions

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Address: 50 Pacific Quay | Glasgow Science Centre, Govan, Glasgow G51 1EA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 141 204 4400
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Offering Day,...

Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Offering Day, Afternoon and Evening Cruises from a port near you! Enjoy unrivalled access to Britain's Coasts, Rivers and Islands.Magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass. See and hear the mighty engines - they will provide a whiff of nostalgia for some but are sure to impress all!

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Enjoyable Trip

Enjoyable trip from a bygone era on the Waverley from Largs to Rothesay. The boat and its exposed engine are very interesting. Facilities basic and it did break down before... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How could you fail to enjoy the nostalgia of taking a trip on the worlds last sea going Paddle Steamer . A trip on this ship comes highly recommended and although she operates in somewhat onerous circumstances she never fails to please young and old alike . Now in her 70th Year of which 40 have been in Preservation she... More 

1 Thank graemealexander2016
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The steamer was booked to leave Whistable at 17:15 hours, however, we were very disappointed to find that we had to leave the steamer at approximately 18:50 hours. We had booked a fish and chip meal for the both of us at 18:30 hours in the restaurant. Unfortunately, it was cold and the fish was very below standard, even if... More 

10 Thank Alison C
Surrey, U.K.
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132 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We too were on the ill-fated trip to Whitstable from Tower Pier a couple of weeks ago. Like other reviewers we loved the Waverley itself and the first half of the trip was a fantastic experience that in itself would merit 5 stars. The visit to Whitstable was lovely though somewhat short - I am not sure why the boat... More 

5 Thank Beachhut45
London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I took my 7 year old nephew on this trip and paid full price for him. On the outgoing trip the comfortable undercover seating was vastly overcrowded and there was only one person serving drinks/coffees so the queue was at least 15 people deep for the first leg. On the return journey we were delayed for three hours because of... More 

4 Thank tericollins
Bedford, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Great trip to Whitstable and would have scored excellent without engine problem. OK it is ahold boat and things happen. With the practice they have with breakdowns one would think the trick is to keep passengers informed. No tannoy for over an hour. Only when it was too late were we told arrival at London would be after last train... More 

9 Thank Mark H
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Enjoyable trip from a bygone era on the Waverley from Largs to Rothesay. The boat and its exposed engine are very interesting. Facilities basic and it did break down before arriving in Largs meaning the timetable was changed. However we were told this before we go on board and at the end of the day it’s a 70 year old... More 

1 Thank McJameos
Brentwood, Essex, UK
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Yes- overcrowded, surly staff, cold and unreliable ... ... But! I was spellbound by the steam engine, captivated by the spirit of adventure and completely smitten by how 'out of place' this mode of travel seems in a modern age . We took our two small children to see their nana in Whitstable . What started out as barely time... More 

Thank 5WW
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Joined Waverley at Gravesend. 7th Oct, on arrival ship had a full deck of passengers who had come up from Southend, sitting was very limited, decks were crowded if it had rained it would have been impossible to accommodate any more down below. Then when seeking a meal found restaurant closed with a sign stating reserved for group. Asked how... More 

4 Thank FrankA09
Bracknell Englan
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114 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We did a coach trip to pick the ship up at London tower bridge. Far too many people on the ship. It felt uncomfortably full and the weather was bad so everyone sat inside and not enough seats, I hope there were enough life jackets. Didn't hear any safety announcements. Lunch was very crowded, not at all a special experience.... More 

5 Thank Rencat22
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Brust my bubble. When You use a wheelchair not all areas are accessible I am happy with that. In this case prior to booking I viewed website, reviews, ships information and plans etc, at great length and great care to help me, to help myself to board this vintage ship. Waiting in the queue with my family in my standard... More 

8 Thank Elizabeth J

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