The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
Tel: 0870 040 4000
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), located at Finnieston Quay on the north bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, is Scotland’s national venue for public events.
Opened in 1985, the SECC occupies a massive 64 acres (260,000 m²) of land, and has five main exhibition halls, the largest of which can seat up to 12,500 people. Then in 1995, construction began on a new building; the Clyde Auditorium, which was to become part of the SECC complex. Designed by award-winning architect Sir Norman Foster and known as “the armadillo” among Glaswegians, this new 3,000 capacity building was completed in 1997.
The SECC hosts numerous music concerts, exhibitions and professional conferences. Past events have included the second Eurovision Dance Contest in 2008, the Scottish Wedding Show, the Scottish Golf Show, and performers such as Elton John, Michael Ball, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Green Day and Pink. The SECC also hosts the annual World Snooker Grand Prix Championship every October.
How to get to the SECC View map
- By rail: Exhibition Centre station is SECC’s own dedicated railway station allowing easy access from the city centre and the suburbs. Six trains an hour from Central Station (lower level) will bring you to Exhibition Centre station in a journey time of just three minutes. Call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for timetable and price details.
- By bus: From the airport, First Bus 757 service operates daily (every 30 minutes) to and from Glasgow city centre or the airport from the SECC. A single fare to or from the SECC from Buchanan Bus Station on service 757 costs £2.00.
- By taxi: There are taxi ranks throughout the city. Main pick-up points include Buchanan Bus Station, Queen Street and Central Stations and most large hotels. An average journey from the city centre will cost around £5.00.
- By car: SECC is just off Junction 19 of the M8 motorway. From the M8 take the westbound Clydeside Expressway (A8414). Exit at ‘SECC West’ slip which takes you straight to the SECC parking. On-site parking is available for over 2,500 vehicles at £5.00 per car per visit.
- By bike: Cyclists can use the covered walkway from the Exhibiton Centre Station for travelling to and from the city centre. National Cycle Routes 7 and 75 cross the SECC site at Bell’s bridge.
- On foot: There is a covered walkway from the Exhibition Centre Station to the SECC which takes you across the Expressway. This is around a 10 minute walk from the West End of Glasgow, and around 20 minutes from the city centre.