The city’s name of Glasgow is Gaelic for the ‘dear green place’. Discover how green Glasgow is by exploring some of these parks and gardens.
Kelvingrove Park is one of the Glasgow’s best-loved parks due in part to its fine setting on the banks of the River Kelvin. Follow the Kelvingrove Park Heritage Trail from the art gallery and museum, Scotland’s top visitor attraction, past more than 30 sites of interest, until you reach the Kelvinway Bridge.
Take a walk around Glasgow’s striking Botanic Gardens to see the amazing A-listed Kibble Palace, a ornate Victorian glasshouse built in 1873 and full of tropical plants from around the world.
Glasgow Green is home to the social history museum, the People’s Palace, as well as another beautiful Victorian glasshouse, the Winter Gardens, and is host to a variety of exciting events including the World Pipe Band Championships.
Pollok Country Park is Glasgow’s largest park and in recent years has been named both Britain’s and Europe’s best park. This green space is home to the world-famous Burrell Collection and Pollok House, one of the area’s most elegant former family homes.
Hogganfield Park, three miles north east of the city, is Glasgow’s most important site for migrant and wintering waterbirds while in Peel Park in Kirkintilloch, you can see part of the Antonine Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is rich in Roman history.
Less than a mile from Clarkston in the south side of Glasgow is Greenbank Garden. Set in the grounds of the historical Greenbank House, this colourful garden is a delight to explore, especially in spring when daffodils and bluebells are in flower.
Glasgow’s parks and gardens are a wonder to explore - not only can you experience a relaxing and refreshing stroll, but you can enjoy sport and activities, explore fascinating attractions and see exotic plants.