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Glasgow’s Parks

glasgow greenAlthough a large city, Glasgow has a surprising number of parks and more than anywhere else in Scotland (and UK for that matter). Two of the most popular parks in Glasgow are: Glasgow Green and Kelvingrove Park.

Glasgow Green

It’s the most popular and important public park and venue for concerts and open air events in Glasgow.

The easiest way is to walk from either Bridgeton or Argyle Street railway stations. There is limited parking available –and the cars parked illegally are all towed away – and the area is notorious for car crime. So definitely, choose to walk here.

Among the most important landmarks in the park we can list:

  • Nelson’s memorial: the civic monument was built to commemorate Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar
  • St. Andrew’s Suspension Bridge: connects the park to the north and Hutchesontown to the south. Opened in 1855, the bridge has been renovated between 1996 and 1998.
  • The Doulton Fountain (see photo left): was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s reign and is the largest terracotta fountain in the world.
  • The People’s Palace: since the 1940s it’s been a museum dedicated to the history of the city.
  • The Templeton Carpet Factory

Kelvingrove Park

Located in the West End, it’s a very popular park among the students from the nearby University. The park contains a skate park, bowling and croquet greens as well as a bandstand. The park is also very popular among joggers.

The most important landmark in the park is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is the most popular free attraction in Glasgow. It contains one of the finest collections of arms and armors in the world, as well as a vast natural history collection.

Other parks

There are over 90 parks and gardens in Glasgow, which include (besides the two presented above): Queen’s Park – famous for its Rose Garden -, Alexandra Park, Auchinlea Park, Bellahouston Park, Botanic Gardens, Cathkin Braes Country Park, Darnley Mill Park, Dawsholm Park, Garscadden Burn Park, Hogganfield Park, Linn Park, Glasgow Necropolis, Pollok Country Park, Ruchill Park, Springburn Park, Tollcross Park and Victoria Park.

Cycling route

If you like to cycle, there is a cycle route – called Clyde walkway – which runs from City Centre to Strathclyde Park.