The Parks of Dear, Green Glasgow

The name Glasgow comes from the Gaelic meaning ‘dear, green place’. Despite its industrial heritage in more recent times, the city lives up to that name as there are more than 90 parks and gardens in the city. Eight of the larger parks have even won a Green Flag Award, the benchmark standard for UK parks.
So there’s plenty of choice and whether you want to get away from the city buzz, walk the dog or have fun with the kids. Here’s a taster of what delights await you.
The closest to the city centre is Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest park. You’ll find the wonderful Doulton Fountain there. It’s the largest terracotta fountain in the world. The beautiful McLennan Arch is also there. Close by you’ll find  the People’s Palace and the Winter Gardens, an elegant glasshouse where you can enjoy the tropical plants.
Towards the west you’ll find the beautiful Kelvingrove Park with the River Kelvin flowing through it. This is a classic Victorian park surrounded by magnificent buildings.
You’ll find the renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow University there as well as the recently refurbished Kelvingrove Bandstand, a great new venue for live events.
And let’s not forget the Botanic Gardens – formal gardens and woodland walks with the beautiful Kibble Palace glasshouse for those less clement days!
Also to the West is the very pretty Victoria Park, all formal floral displays, carpet bedding and hollies. Within the park is a unique feature – Fossil Grove, the remnants of an ancient forest believed to be around 330 million years old.
Further out to the south lies the largest park in Glasgow, the award-winning Pollok Country Park. It’s a haven just three miles from the city centre. This park has it all – from woodland walks, Highland cattle and mountain bike circuits to the famous Burrell Collection and Pollok House.
These green spaces are a special part of what makes Glasgow a special city, and there’s plenty more to explore. Enjoy!