Pack a picnic, explore the gardens, pet the animals and enjoy!
Being at Tollcross Park on a sunny, summer's day really does feel like being in a totally different world to that of the busy streets of Glasgow.
I had never heard of the park before, but the sunny weather often leaves you lusting for wide open spaces, water and trees and makes you explore areas you might otherwise overlook.
Tollcross park is in an area North of the River Clyde and is a mile east from the neighbouring suburb of Parkhead. Although easily accessible by car, it is slightly more tricky by train, as it is quite a walk from its nearest train station in Carntyne, but it's not impossible.
Upon entering the park there is a large map that tells you where everything is located. I found this handy as the park itself is quite big and with so much on offer, you don't want to miss a thing!
The children's farm was the first stop. It was free to enter which I was pleasantly surprised by, as there's as much on offer here, as in many other farms that I've paid to enter. Some of the regulars you'll find here are Shire Horses, Shetland Ponies, aviary, rabbits, sheep, Highland Cattle and more! There are also three very friendly pigs, which Joseph nearly lost a finger too, trying to feed the greedy chaps some grass – beware!
At certain times of the day, a member of staff also walks around with a wee rabbit or Guinea pig for the children to pet, which is a lovely extra touch as Joseph loved it. I was also pleased to find they had full hand washing stations and the whole farm was well kept and hygienic.
On the farm site itself there is a small visitors centre that has lots of different interactive and hands-on activities for children of all ages; from badge making, puzzles, bug viewers and colouring. It makes a fun day out, one that incorporates learning and gives your child something to physically take home with them as well as the memories.
The rest of the park is just as enjoyable; there is an abundance of space to explore; a nature trail, secret garden, a play park and also it's world famous rose trails, which in full bloom are a real beauty to behold. There is also a conservatory style winter garden that is currently undergoing refurbishment.
We took a picnic and spent the whole day exploring the gardens and walking by the river, petting animals and sniffing the flowers.
All in all, Tollcross Park is a wonderful free day out for all the family.
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