Glasgow parks are everywhere. Even as you fly into Glasgow Airport, the one thing that will jump out at you right away is just how many parks there are. Pockets of green can be found in every part of city, natural havens among the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Some of these parks commemorate great moments or people in Glaswegian history, while others are simply there for the benefit of Glasgow residents who love nothing more than appreciating a day of fine weather. Add some tranquillity to your itinerary with a tour of Glasgow’s loveliest parks.
Located in the West End and named for Queen Victoria’s jubilee in 1886, Victoria Park is 20ha of gorgeous green landscape filled with activities for visitors both young and old. There are greens for picnics, areas for football, tennis and the great Scottish game of golf, hiking trails, monuments, and even a Fossil Grove that was discovered in the 1800s.
Glasgow’s second largest park at a whopping 80ha, Linn Park is a veritable hive of outdoor activities. Featuring walking trails and a public golf course, Linn Park has the space for just about everything you could possibly want to do in the outdoors. Explore the site’s many monuments like the ruins of Cathcart Castle, or get a little orienteering in before dark.
The Glasgow Botanic Gardens can be found on the banks of the River Kelvin in the heart of the West End. The gardens were originally built to serve the school of botany at the University of Glasgow but are now a public space with walking trails, monuments, Kibble Palace, and numerous glasshouses filled with native and overseas plant life.
Glasgow Green, established in the 1400s, is the city’s oldest park and one of its most popular. Located in the East End along the banks of the River Clyde, it’s packed with beautiful greens (hence its name), historical monuments, the iconic People’s Palace, and numerous walking trails and sporting grounds. This is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll in the city.
Located in the bohemian West End district, and home to the world-famous Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvingrove Park opened in 1852 and remains one of the city’s most popular parks to this day. Historic sites and monuments abound, including the recently refurbished bandstand. The park backs onto the University of Glasgow and is a short walk from Mackintosh House.