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Finnieston is located in Glasgow council area
Finnieston shown within Glasgow
OS grid reference NS569656
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G3
Dialling code 0141
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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Scottish Parliament
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55°51′44″N 4°17′17″W / 55.862276°N 4.288058°W / 55.862276; -4.288058Coordinates: 55°51′44″N 4°17′17″W / 55.862276°N 4.288058°W / 55.862276; -4.288058
Finnieston with the Finnieston Crane and North Rotunda in the foreground and the Clyde Auditorium in the background.

Finnieston is an area of Glasgow, Scotland, situated on the North bank of the River Clyde and between the city's West End and the city centre. It is home to the SECC, where many musical concerts and important conferences are held.[1] It is also the location of Glasgow City Heliport, home base of both the Strathclyde Police air support unit and the Scottish Ambulance Service "Helimed 5".[2][3]

The village of Finnieston was established in 1768 on the lands of Stobcross by Matthew Orr, the owner of Stobcross House. Orr named the new village "Finnieston" in honour of the Reverend John Finnie, who had been his tutor.

Exhibition Centre railway station, on the Argyle Line, was previously known as Stobcross station. Built by the Glasgow Central Railway and opened in 1894, it was closed in 1955. When it was reopened in 1979 it was called 'Finnieston' until it was given its current name in 1986. A separate Finnieston railway station of the Glasgow City and District Railway was opened in 1886 but is now disused. However, the line is still in use as part of the North Clyde Line.

The area has had a significant change in land-use since deindustrialisation.[4] Previously, Finnieston was an area of warehouses and docks — the film Deathwatch (a.k.a. "La Mort en Direct"), used this aspect extensively in location shots. Today there are modern housing, office, retail, leisure and arts & culture developments. Finnieston Street is a major junction on the Clydeside Expressway, and on 18 September 2006, was augmented with the addition of the Clyde Arc (known locally as "The Squinty Bridge") over the River Clyde.[5]

In 2016, Finnieston ranked first in The Times list '20 Hippest Places to Live in Britain'.



  1. ^ "Glasgow wins international pathology congress". Conference News. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Bond Air Services website
  3. ^ "Planning submission". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  4. ^ MacLeod, Gordon (2002). "From Urban Entrepreneurialism to a "Revanchist City"? On the Spatial Injustices of Glasgow's Renaissance" (PDF). Antipode. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Date for 'Squinty Bridge' opening". BBC News. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2014.