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Glasgow Parks And Gardens

by Jemma Fletcher (follow)
9 family-friendly parks and gardens in Glasgow.

If you've got an empty day ahead of you, but you don't want to lock the family into an airtight activity or day trip, we suggest popping to a free park for fresh air, to stretch the legs and maybe even enjoy a picnic or cafe lunch.

Here are 8 parks and gardens in Glasgow that have something for everyone:

1. Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park is a public park located on the River Kelvin in the West End Glasgow, containing Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

There's also 3 children play areas, 3 cafes (including An Clachan Kelvin Park Cafe) and a lovely riverside walk.

Where: Kelvingrove Park, 6 Professors' Square, Glasgow G12 8QQ

For more information, see here.

2. Mugdock Country Park

Only a 25 minutes drive from Glasgow centre, Mugdock Country Park is a country park and historical site, which offers a range of fun activities for the whole family.

The park has 270 hectares of woodland, cycling paths, children's play park and adventure trail, as well as various places to shop and eat within the park.

Where: Milngavie, Mugdock, Glasgow G62 8EL

For more information, see here.

3. Glasgow Green

Glasgow Green is by far the oldest of the city's parks and is situated within walking distance of the city centre.

As well as The People's Palace and Doulton Fountain, there's a local play area, orienteering course and Clyde viewing platforms.

Where: Greendyke Street, Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB

For more information, see here.

4. Pollok Country Park

The park is Glasgow's largest park and is the only Country Park within Glasgow. Its extensive woodlands and gardens provide a quiet sanctuary for both visitors and wildlife.

The park is rich in rural history and is also home to the world famous Burrell Collection.

Where: 2060 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G43 1AT

For more information, see here.

5. Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, located in the West End of Glasgow is a place of beauty and education. They aim to demonstrate HOW the plants on display are the air we breathe, the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the medicine we take.

The Gardens also have a fine Heritage Trail with almost 30 points of interest taking you down to the Kelvin Walkway and the Gardens Arboretum.

Where: 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE

For more information, see here.

6. Queen's Park

Located on the south side of the city, offers something for every member of the family.

With beautiful nature walks, sport and recreational activities, wide views of Glasgow, and wildlife to get up close and personal with, it makes for a great afternoon.

Where: 520 Langside Rd, Glasgow G42 8QR

For more information, see here.

7. The Hidden Gardens

The Hidden Gardens is a family friendly space which welcomes children and adults of all ages to explore.

There are plenty of classes, workshops, volunteer opportunities and events all year round.

Where: Tramway, 25A Albert Dr, Glasgow G41 2PE

For more information, see here.

8. Tollcross Park

Tollcross Park is internationally famous for its unique Rose Garden and impressive Winter Gardens. The park has many hidden gems including the Glen Nature Walk and Children's Farm.

Where: 254B Wellshot Rd, Glasgow G32 7AX

For more information, see here.

9. Victoria Park

Named and created for Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1866, Victoria Park boats a rather grand feel to it, with regal swans and beautiful flower displays.

Where: Victoria Park Pond, Glasgow G14 9RN

For more information, see here.

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