Clarke Quay & Riverside Attractions
What to See in Clarke Quay & Riverside
Singapore Riverside is a moving exhibition in itself. Watch life go by in a never-ending collage of people, boats and tours. Also riverside is one of the most exciting attractions on the island - the G-Max Reverse Buggy. You've got to be certified nuts, very brave or hopefully both in order to willingly get launched skyward at 200kmph. But then again it'll give you the thrill of a lifetime.
Marking the spot where Singapore's founder Sir Stamford Raffles first landed is a regal white marble statue of the great man.
All Attractions in Clarke Quay & Riverside
Art-2 Gallery Singapore
Since the turn of the 1990’s, Art-2 Gallery has been displaying, and selling, some of Singapore’s finest paintings and art installations, as well as providing a consultancy service for the city-state’s art lovers. Just a short walk from Clarke Quay across the river on Hill Street, Art-2 Gallery specialises in contemporary three-dimensional sculptures, installations and ceramics, and the gallery also hosts regular exhibitions promoting the work form local artists as well as some more internationally recognised names from around Asia. The compact gallery’s range is simply stunning, and along with its great central location, it’s definitely worth an hour or two of your time if you’re around Clarke Quay.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
- Address: 140 Hill Street
- Tel: +65 6338 8713
A visit to Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) – one of Singapore’s most acclaimed national museums – is a great way to take a journey through the interesting pan-Asian arts and culture scene. The first as well as one of its kind in the country, Asian Civilisations Museum was developed with the prime objective to provide a deep insight into the diverse Asian cultures whose integration, in turn, is the rich base for the present multi-ethnic society in Singapore. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 19:00 (Fridays close at 21:00)
- Address: 1 Empress Place 179555, a 5-minute walk from the Raffles Place MRT station
- Tel: +65 6332 7798
Central Fire Station & Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
A fire station might seem like a bit of an odd place to visit whilst you’re on holiday, but after one glance of this one, which is the oldest in Singapore, and you’ll realise just why it’s such as popular attraction. The colonial-style exterior is simply stunning, with its traditional red and white colour theme really standing out amongst the rest of the area’s modern malls and office blocks. Inside you’ll find the equally impressive Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, and visitors can walk around for free whilst learning about the interesting history of this important Singapore landmark. A great activity for kids too – especially as they get to hold some of the fire station’s equipment, sit in a truck and even don a fireman’s helmet! Find it by walking either from Clarke Quay or City Hall MRT stations.
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 17:00
- Address: 62 Hill Street, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6332 3000
Passing by this small, green hill situated slap-bang in the middle of central Singapore comes as quite the surprise. One minute, you’re surrounded by gleaming modern offices and sprawling malls, and the next minute (if you step foot inside the mark), you’re transported into what seems like a different world. Lush trees and vegetation are in rich supply at this unexpected spot, which is particularly popular for joggers, dog walkers, or just anybody fancying a break from the sprawling metropolis that is Singapore. Fort Canning Park can be found just behind the main complex of bars and restaurants at Clarke Quay, and can be easily reached from both Clarke Quay Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Address: Cox Terrace, Singapore 179618
- Tel: +65 633 2120
The most adrenalin-inducing activity in Singapore has got to be the G-Max Reverse Bungy, Singapore’s first ever bungy. Be launched skywards at 200km per hour to a height of 60 metres for approximately five minutes; the experience is not unlike being an astronaut in a rocket launch. Also for a few more dollars extra, riders can get a T-shirt and a DVD recording of themselves in action, taken by an on-board camera. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – late
- Address: 3E River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024
- Tel: +65 6535 6746
Hong San See Temple
This 100-year-old Chinese temple is a great place to check out if you’re in the Clarke Quay area and fancy something a bit more cultural than nightlife and shopping. Located on Mohamed Sultan Road, the temple is comprised of a series of buildings, courtyards and statues, making for a tranquil place of worship for Buddhists, as well as an interesting photo-op for the ever-growing number of tourists who pass by. Hong San See has been recognised nationally and internationally, being designated as a national monument of Singapore in 1978, as well as receiving an Award of Excellence in the 2010 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The closest station is Clarke Quay and it’s just a short, picturesque 10-minute walk up-river from there.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Address: 29 Mohamed Sultan Road
- Tel: +65 6737 3683
Lockdown Singapore is a real-life escape game in which players are placed into a ‘locked’ room and have to collaboratively figure a way of getting out. Each room presents a new puzzle, some simple, some not, and if you get really stuck you can always ask the helpful staff for clues. Failing that, there’s an emergency escape door for those that become too claustrophobic or find that their time has run out – whichever comes sooner. Great fun for the whole family and a good alternative way to spend a rainy day in Singapore. You can find Lockdown located in ‘The Central’ shopping centre in Clarke Quay. Games cost around S$20 per person per hour.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 - 22:00
- Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #03-51/52 The Central
- Tel: +65 6221 0120
Raffles Place and its environs, situated right outside the entrance of Raffles Place MRT, are now occupied by skyscrapers such as the UOB Plaza and OUB Building. It is Singapore's business and financial centre, and is often known as the Central Business District. From the viewing room on the 28th floor of UOB Plaza One, which is open to the public, you can get a spectacular view of Singapore River, the civic district and its colonial structures and Boat Quay. Still there are some reminders left from when Singapore was a bustling colonial outpost. Read More...
The Singapore River, which cuts through the heart of the city, was for many decades the main artery of trade and commerce for the British. Today, the stately Victorian and neo-classical Roman structures still stand proudly along the river banks, but they jostle for space with the many concrete-and-glass skyscrapers that have shot up in more modern times. Read More...
Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles
The city-state has two statues of Sir Stamford Raffles, recognised as Singapore’s founder. Sir Raffles' dark bronze statue stands tall in front of Victoria Theatre. Its replica, made in pure white poly-marble, stands at North Boat Quay to mark the spot where he first land ed on the island in 1819. Both areas are popular with locals, especially on cool evenings.
- Location: Victoria Theatre and North Boat Quay
- Tour Available: Night Tour
The Arts House Screening Room
This great 75-seat cinema is just a quick walk over North Bridge Road form Clarke Quay, and puts on daily screenings of independent local and international films. All set in beautiful colonial-style building, The Arts House Screening Room also lays on regular art exhibitions showcasing some of the best up-and-coming artists of Singapore. There’s also an onsite cafe-cum-bookstore called ‘Earshot’, which is where you can discover some excellent locally written fiction whilst sipping on a cappuccino. The whole venue’ main aim is to promote local talent, be it in the written or visual form. Visitors can enquire within or give them a call on the phone number we have supplied below.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
- Tel: +65 6332 6900