Southside

The world famous Burrell Collection, House for an Art Lover, the Tramway and the Hidden Gardens are just a few reasons why a visit south of the River Clyde is a must.

Southside

Glasgow’s Southside is home to two of Mackintosh’s most famous buildings, Scotland Street School Museum and House for an Art Lover, plus Tramway - the Scottish Ballet’s home and host venue for the 2015 Turner Prize. You’ll also find Glasgow’s biggest green space, Pollok Country Park, home to The Burrell Collection and Glasgow’s very own Downton Abbey, Pollok House.  The tree-lined conservation area, Strathbungo (or simply ‘the Bungo’ as it’s known to locals) is the place to go for a bite to eat, with a rapidly growing cluster of delightful restaurants, bars and cafes.

Places of Interest

Scotland Street School Museum

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South of the river lies another Mackintosh beauty - the Scotland Street School Museum is a fine example of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's work and given it's previous life as a fully operational school, the museum offers a unique look into Scottish education from the late 19th to the late 20th century.

Southside Fringe

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The Southside Fringe is an annual celebration of all things in the South of Glasgow, run by the passionate community to give locals the chance to experience culture, comedy, arts, drama, and music, all with an emphasis on combining the best of local talent with visiting performers from overseas.

The Hidden Gardens

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Tucked away at Tramway, the home of Scottish Ballet, The Hidden Gardens provides a tranquil green space to relax in Glasgow's Southside away from busy city streets. However that's not all - with a whole host of community led workshops and classes, The Hidden Gardens provides the Southside with a friendly place to learn and share their horticultural skills.

The Hampden Experience

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You might not know it but Scotland's national stadium also houses one of the best football museums in the world, with over 2,500 exhibits in 14 galleries! So take in the Hampden Experience to learn all about Scotland's football heritage in this amazing stadium.

House for an Art Lover

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You'll find this brilliant building hidden away in Bellahouston Park - designed by the famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover is an excellent cultural attraction and tourist destination, whilst also being one of the city's finest wedding and event venues in Glasgow's Southside.

Citizens Theatre

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The Citizens Theatre is one of the city's iconic theatre venues with a distinguished history, having been established in 1945. Known for its focus on new Scottish drama and contemporary takes on classic plays, this is the place to go if you're looking for spectacular live theatre!

Holmwood House

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Holmwood House is a unique villa located in the city's Southside that was built by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson in 1857-9 for James Couper, a local businessman.  Don't forget to explore the beautiful riverside grounds, including a small kitchen garden with a range of herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Govanhill Baths

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The stunning Victorian swimming baths of Govanhill are just a stone's throw away from Queen's Park - having secured plans for a full restoration, there's plenty of reasons visit this B-listed building with the regular hosting of a variety of events and performances, including exhibitions, gigs, and much more that takes full advantage of this unique building.

Sunshine No. 1

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Conveniently located right beside Mount Florida train station, Sunshine No. 1 is an independent art and gift shop where every item has been crafted in Scotland. Passionate about showcasing the best of local talent, you'll find loads of beautiful and unique gifts here that can't be found on the high street. Don't forget to check out their arts and crafts classes too!

Parks and Gardens

Bellahouston Park

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As well as House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park is also home to some beautiful scenery, with a walled garden filled with a fine collection of ferns and daffodils collected by the 19th century plant collector Peter Bar, who lived locally. There's also sporting facilities for you to enjoy too, including Bellahouston Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool, Glasgow Ski Centre, a cycling activity centre, two bowling greens, three play areas and an orienteering course.

Queen's Park

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Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and dedicated to Mary, Queen of Scots, you'll find plenty to see and do in Queen's Park. The twice monthly Farmer's Markets are always popular, and make sure to have a wander around the Rose Garden, commemorating famous Scottish poets throughout history. And for an unmissable view, head right up to the top where you'll find the flagpole and a brilliant view of Glasgow and even the Campsie Fells and Ben Lomond on a clear day.

Pollok Park

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Room for another beautiful park? Pollok Country Park is the only country park in the city and also the largest. Home to the beautiful Pollok House, make sure you visit the fantastic Spanish art collection within its grand interior design. Woodland and riverside walks will also satisfy those looking for fresh air, and you'll probably say hello to a highland cow or two!

Restaurants/Cafes/Bars

The Glad Cafe  

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Located in Shawlands, The Glad Café is well known for their excellent menu packed with freshly prepared seasonal food as well as their high quality coffee from local company Dear Green Coffee Roasters. But there's more! The café also operates as a well-equipped venue to showcase up and coming local musicians alongside international acts, so there's something for you no matter what time of day.

Cafe Strangebrew

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If the photo hasn't tempted you already, maybe Cafe Strangebrew's own bio will - a "dog friendly cafe in the heart of Shawlands serving up the best brunch in the south and a damn fine cup of coffee".  Having only opened in January 2016, this wildly popular cafe has already scooped the title of "Best Newcomer" at the Scottish Entertainment Awards!

Black Dove Dining

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As one of Glasgow's most stylish new eateries, Black Dove Dining on Kilmarnock Road has been making a name for itself as one of the city's foodie hotspots. Get along now!

Bungo Bar & Kitchen

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Attentive staff, a delicious contemporary menu and a relaxed atmosphere is what you should expect from the Bungo Bar & Kitchen - it's also doggie friendly too! 

Ranjit's Kitchen

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If authenticity is important to you when it comes to dining out, then you should definitely check out Ranjit's Kitchen! The family run deli serves authentic Panjabi food, exactly the same as what you would expect in a Panjab village. The menu is all vegetarian and is sure to satisfy all tastes.

Bakery 47

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Opened by husband and wife Sam and Anna, delicious home baked goods are the order of the day at bakery47. There's only two things to do - drool over the latest photos of their creations, and as Sam and Anna suggest - “in our bakery at 76 Victoria Road, take away from our counter to enjoy at your own kitchen table, in bed, in the park, on an adventure, surrounded by friends and family, in a solitary moment of indulgence on the bus, up a mountain, or straight from the bag round the corner".

Battlefield Rest

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The Battlefield Rest was built in 1915, decorated with a bright green and cream tiles on the exterior. Originally a tram station and newsagent, the Rest used to feature a kiosk right under the octagonal clock tower! After almost being demolished, a public petition saved the building and it was acquired by Marco Giannasi in 1993. The rest is history, with the building restored to its original glory and transformed into an award winning Italian restaurant!

The Fish People Cafe

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Having previously been named as the Best Seafood Restaurant, you're in for a treat at The Fish People Cafe if seafood is your thing! The owners also operate the local fishmongers, so you know you the produce is going to be fresh. 

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Check out our previous features on the West End, FinniestonNorth GlasgowSauchiehall StreetMerchant City, East End and City Centre.

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