With over 90 parks and gardens, Glasgow truly is "the Dear Green Place".
Parks & Gardens
2015 celebrated Glasgow's Green Year and when it comes to being green, Glasgow really does live up to its name. Meaning “Dear Green Place” in Gaelic, the city has over 90 parks and gardens and in 2014, eight of the city’s larger parks won the coveted Green Flag Award - the benchmark standard for UK parks. So whether you’re looking for a place for the kids to enjoy some of the city’s amazing green space or simply some peace and quiet away from the city buzz, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Closest to the city centre is Glasgow Green, 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. Close by the People’s Palace, dedicated to social history (look out for Billy Connolly’s famous Banana Boots!), and the Winter Gardens, an elegant glasshouse where you can stroll among the tropical plants.
If you're in the west of the city, you won't have to look further than Kelvingrove Park, with its River Kelvin walkway. A classic example of a Victorian Park, its setting on the banks of the river complements the many magnificent buildings which surround it, including the renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow University. The park also boasts the magnificently refurbished Kelvingrove Bandstand, the latest open-air arts venue in the city. Also located in the city's West End is the Botanic Gardens, a tranquil blend of formal gardens and woodland walks, with the beautiful Kibble Palace glasshouse to have a stroll in.
Pollok Country Park
The largest park in Glasgow, and the only Country Park, 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! Here you have everything from woodland walks, Highland cattle and mountain bike circuits, to the stunning surroundings of Pollok House.
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, usually open from April 3rd till September 30 every year. 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 End of the city is perfect. Complete with a children's farm within the courtyard complex, you'll be able to visit a number of farmyard animals alongside peacocks, goats, love birds, llamas, and more. 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.
Found on the south side of Glasgow is Queen's Park. With incredible views of the city from the flagpole, you'll be able to see the Campsie Fells and Ben Lomond on a clear day. Don't forget to visit wooden Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Mascot, located next to the model boating pond at the Pollokshaws Road and Queen’s Drive entrance. There's also an extensive rose garden, developed to celebrate Glasgow hosting the World Rose Convention in July 2013.
Have you checked out our parks and gardens infographic yet? Also, find an overview of all the city’s parks and gardens, and download Glasgow City Council's new 'Glasgow Walking' app to find your way around the parks. As part of Glasgow City Council's Green Year, you can also download an app highlighting green events, activities and opportunities for you to get involved in.