A full day of fun in all weathers and for all ages!
Finding a new park is always so exciting for us and how we've ever missed Queen's Park previously I'll never know! But just this week we had our first proper visit and it did not disappoint.
Just a short walk from Queen's Park train station in the beautiful South of Glasgow, this park has an abundance on offer that at first glance, you'd never imagine! Not so much a hidden gem, but more of a treasure trove of activities camouflaged within the natural beauty of the park itself.
The park has two playgrounds which are great for toddlers, offering floor trampolines as well as the usual slides and swings. Both are clean, tidy and safely enclosed.
The rest of the park is immaculately kept too, despite how well used the park is by visitors of all ages and a stream of dog walkers. It's a busy park but not in a way that makes it crowded given the sheer amount of space. We did visit on a rainy day but I imagine it does get rather busy on sunnier days and weekends.
We spent a lot of time chasing the birds around the duck pond which is home to moorhens, swans, mallards, little grebe and tufted ducks. There is also a larger pond for boating during summer months. We then continued our walk and noticed the incredible views; Ben Lomond and the Campsie Fells can be seen from the flagpole on a clear day.
We soon stumbled across the poets rose garden which was my favourite part of the park. This maze-like area was full of the most beautifully fragrant roses of different hues, plus each section had a flagstone to commemorate Scottish poets old and new - a really interesting read.
Despite the rain, we loved exploring the footpaths, hills and areas of trees and flowers, plus Joseph loved the different animals we came across from squirrels to wee bunnies and of course plenty of dogs. We saw groups of people blackberry picking too which is something we would do next time.
The icing on the cake for us was the glasshouses which seemed to appear from nowhere and we certainly weren't expecting. Here you will find a cafe which unfortunately is closed for refurbishment, (there are, however, picnic benches outside to stop and eat and packed lunch) toilet facilities, a small indoor soft play area and also a wonderful reptile house. We were really pleasantly surprised to find all these extras, all for free and it made a simple day at the park all the more exciting for Joseph who delighted over the spiders, snakes, birds and fish pond.
If you're a fan of the better known Botanic Gardens, you will simply love Queen's Park as it has just as much on offer (if not more!) and provides a nice change, a little further out from the busy streets of Glasgow. A full day of fun in all weathers and for all ages, and it's a park that keeps giving and will delight all guests.
For more information about Queen's Park, see here.