When it comes to parks and gardens, Glasgow really does live up to its name. It means “Dear Green Place” in Gaelic and the city has over 90 parks and gardens! If you’re looking for a place for the kids to enjoy some of the city’s amazing green space or simply for some peace and quiet away from the city buzz, you will be truly spoilt for choice. In 2014, eight of the city’s larger parks won the coveted Green Flag Award - the benchmark standard for UK parks. Here we highlight four of them.
Closest to the city centre is Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest park, which has the spectacular Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world. Next to it is the People’s Palace, dedicated to social history (look out for Billy Connolly’s infamous Banana Boots!), and the Winter Gardens, an elegant glasshouse where you can stroll among the tropical plants.
If you prefer something slightly more demanding, look no further than Kelvingrove Park in the West End, with its River Kelvin walkway. This is a classic example of a Victorian Park. Its design and setting on the banks of the river enhance and compliment the many magnificent buildings which surround it, including the renowned Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow University. The park also boasts the magnificently refurbished Bandstand, the latest open-air arts venue in the city.
The largest park, and the only Country Park, is South of the Clyde. Standing in the middle of the multi 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 Pollok House.
Victoria Park, located to the west of the city, is considered to be Glasgow's prettiest park. The park boasts an extensive range of formal floral displays, carpet bedding and hollies. Located within Victoria Park is Fossil Grove, open 1st April till 30th September. Fossil Grove houses the fossilized remnants of an extensive ancient forest. Discovered on the site in 1887, 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.
For an overview of all the city’s parks and gardens, click here.