Scottish Event Campus (SECC)

Scottish Event Campus (SECC)

The Scottish Event Campus(SEC) is Scotland's largest exhibition centre, and is located on the north bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow. The first building was built on reclaimed land in the old Queen’s Dock, and opened in 1985, and additional halls were added over the next decade. In 1997 the iconic Armadillo building was opened providing a 3,000 seat auditorium. The third main building, the SSE Hydro, was opened in 2013 incorporating a 13,000 seat concert venue which has rapidly become the eighth-busiest music arena in the world. The campus now provides 22,500 sq m of exhibition space.

How to get there

Being located near the heart of a major city, access by all methods of transport are excellent.

By road, the site entrance is immediately off of the A814 Clyde Expressway, approximately 300m from Junction 19 of the M8. The M6 and M74 provide a direct route north from England, either via the M1 from the south east, or the M5, from the South West. There is multi-storey car park on site with 1600 spaces, but it cannot accommodate vehicles taller than 2 metres. The daily rate for using the site car park is normally around £16, but some exhibitions provide cheaper parking rates for exhibitors.

By rail, the SEC has its own station - Exhibition Centre - which is a three-minute train ride from Glasgow Central Station. There are regular direct services to Glasgow Central from London Euston, including overnight sleeper trains, and the west coast mainline services give good connections to Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool. There are also regular Scotrail services from Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen

By Air, Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 40 minutes from Glasgow Central train station via direct air-rail link running every 15 minutes.

By Bus, there are national coach services to Buchanan Bus Station in Killermont Street, which is a good thirty-minute walk from the venue. Regular local bus services operate to the SEC from George Square in the centre of Glasgow, which is around five-minutes’ walk from both train and coach stations.

There are three national chain hotels on the SEC site, all of which are just a few minutes’ walk from the Exhibition Halls. In addition, there are several hotels within 15 minutes’ walk of the venue, plus many more in the centre of the city.

What facilities are there?

There are the usual fast food, snack and beverage facilities, plus seating areas available throughout the venue. Sauchiehall Street is around ten minutes walk and is a lively area, with plenty of restaurants and bars offering everything from take-away to table service dining.

Useful things to know when setting up

For set-up and breakdown days, there are several service yards around the halls, and some of the entrances allow vehicular access. Unless granted permission for vehicular access to the halls, all loading and unloading must be carried out in the service yards, and all vehicles removed from the yards as soon as this is completed. At present there are designated areas for parking of commercial vehicles on site, but those areas can be accessed under direction of venue staff. No deliveries are allowed during show opening times.

Major National Exhibitions held at the SECC include:

Eat and Drink Show
Ideal Home Show Scotland
Scotland Trade Fair
Baby and Toddler Show
Independent Living Scotland
The Natural Show
Skills Scotland
Ignition Festival of Motoring
Installer Scotland
Scottish Learning Festival Exhibition

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