Begin your journey at classic Victorian park by the River Kelvin - the Kelvingrove Park. Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, it’s situated next to the renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum only about 1.5 miles west of the city centre. With an overarching feel of Victorian grandeur, the park is a peaceful natural haven within a densely populated area of the city and is home to a diverse range of wildlife.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which have recently underwent a £27.9m refurbishment to restore its magnificent Victorian interior, is one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions and features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8,000 objects wide-ranging and of international significance, including Salvador Dali masterpiece Christ of St John of the Cross.
The park offers a great range of recreation facilities, including bowlilng greens, tennis courts, a skateboard park and children’s play areas.
From there, head to Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Located in the heart of the city’s West End, the garden is dominated by the recently restored Kibble Palace. This magnificent glasshouse designed by John Kibble houses the national collection of tree ferns as well as various plants from tropical rainforests can be found in the palm house.
Grab a lunch at the Botanic Gardens Tearoom which is the latest addition to the gardens. It can be found in the former curator’s house near Kibble Palace and there is children’s play area within the gardens too.
Continue your journey with a short drive to Glasgow’s East End and explore the fabulous Tollcross Park. Renowned for its world-class Rose Garden and its Winter Gardens, the park hosts the International Rose Trials each year and is best visited in July and August to fully appreciate the bloom and fragrances.
The Winter Gardens are in an exquisite B-listed 19th century iron structure which has been recently refurbished and now offers hothouses with many colourful and exotic plant species. Secret Garden is the most recent addition to the park which has been developed as a place for quiet contemplation.
With many points of interest, the park offers a welcome retreat from the busy surrounding streets and some of the hidden gems include the Glen Nature Walk, Children’s Farm and Courtyard Visitor Centre.
Finish the day with a visit to the city’s by far oldest park, the Glasgow Green. Situated east of the Saltmarket on the north bank of the River Clyde, it’s within easy walking distance of the city centre. Among the park’s highlights is the People’s Palace, a fascinating social history museum where you can learn the story of Glasgow and its people.
Don’s miss the Winter Gardens with an exotic collection of plants and shrubs, outside of which is the Doulton Fountain. You will find also impressive grade A-listed column erected which commemorates the naval victories of Viscount Horation Nelson. This is the first monument in Britain to be erected in his honour.