Meaning “Dear Green Place” in Gaelic, Glasgow really does live up to its name. The city has over 90 parks and gardens to explore. So whether you’re looking for a place for the kids to let loose, woodland walks, beautiful viewpoints of the city, leafy zen-like spots to relax, or somewhere to spot a Highland Cow, you'll be spoilt for choice.
A stone's throw away from the city centre is the historic Glasgow Green located in the East of the city. Glasgow Green is the city’s oldest park, where you'll find the spectacular Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world, and the beautiful McLennan Arch. Set within Glasgow Green you will find the People’s Palace, dedicated to social history of Glasgow and its people and the Winter Gardens, an elegant glasshouse brimming with exotic tropical palms and plants. **The People’s Palace is closed for approximately 12 weeks (from December 31, 2018) to allow essential building works to be carried out as a result of the Winter Gardens closure.
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Cuningar Loop is a new addition to Glasgow's East neighbourhood – 15 hectares of derelict land to the East of Glasgow has been transformed into a fantastic woodland park as part of the Legacy 2014 project. Equipped with adventure play facilities, a bike skills area and Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park, Cuningar Loop has plenty to keep locals and visitors of all ages entertained!
In the West of the city is Kelvingrove Park - a classic example of a Victorian Park, set on the banks of the River Kelvin. Two of the city's most magnificent buildings stand proudly at either side of the park, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the University of Glasgow. The park also boasts the refurbished Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, an amazing open-air arts venue in the city. Also located in the city's West neighbourhood is the Botanic Gardens, a tranquil blend of formal gardens and woodland walks, as well as the beautiful Kibble Palace glasshouse.
The largest and only Country Park in Glasgow is south of the Clyde. Standing in the middle of the award-winning Pollok Country Park, you would never believe you were only three miles from the city centre! Take in a woodland walk, cycle tracks or get your wellies on and take in a Heritage Trail. You will also find lots of activities for little explorers, including a playground, fairy trail and the chance to see heavy horses and Highland cows up close. And that's all before you discover the stunning country manner, Pollok House, where you can experience what life was like inside this grand 18th century home.
Victoria Park, located in the west of the city, is one of Glasgow's prettiest parks. It boasts an extensive range of formal floral displays, carpet bedding and hollies. Within Victoria Park is Fossil Grove, housing the remnants of an ancient forest, the fossilized tree stumps are thought to be around 330 million years old - Fossil Grove is one of the most famous in-situ carboniferous forest examples in the world!
If you're looking for something to entertain the kids, a visit Tollcross Park in the East of the city is perfect. Complete with a children's farm within the courtyard complex, with regular inhabitants being Shire Horses, Shetland Ponies, aviary, rabbits, sheep and Highland Cattle! Also located within Tollcross Park is the internationally renowned rose garden, with a staggering 240 varieties of rose all arranged in the perfect shape of a rosebud.
In the South of Glasgow is Queen's Park, which boosts one of the city's finest views - on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Campsie Fells and Ben Lomond. The park also features the Scottish Poets Rose Garden, playparks, tennis courts and an amphitheatre, which hosts various events.