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Parks and gardens

Parks and gardens

Parks and gardens

With over 90 parks and gardens, it is no wonder that Glasgow is known as the Dear Green Place. Here are our top picks to visit in each of the city's neighbourhoods.

Parks in Glasgow city centre

Large terracotta water fountain with green trees, featuring a red and patterned brick building

Glasgow Green

Set by the River Clyde, Glasgow's oldest park is great for all the family with the People’s Palace, a museum dedicated to the social history of Glasgow, playparks and walks by the river. There are many beautiful sites to visit, including the largest terracotta fountain in the world and the city's most unusual building, Templeton on the Green. It also plays host to some of the city's biggest annual events, such as the World Pipe Band Championships and TRNSMT music festival.

Parks in the west end

A large fountain in the middle of a park. The gothic tower of Glasgow University can be seen in the background.

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park is a classic example of a Victorian park, set on the banks of the River Kelvin. Two of the city's grandest buildings stand at either side of the park, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the University of Glasgow. The park also boasts the open-air arts venue Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, two play parks and a skatepark.

A pathway through a park leads towards a glasshouse. Trees and pink rhododendrons overhang the path.
A wide stone bridge crosses a river surrounded by green trees. The river flows into a mini waterfall.

Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens offer a peaceful blend of green space, woodland walks and river walks by the River Kelvin. The Gardens are also home to two glasshouses, including the Kibble Palace, which houses plants from all around the world and marble statues.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is one of Glasgow's prettiest parks with a range of floral displays, a large boating pond and children's play park. Within Victoria Park is Fossil Grove, housing the remnants of an ancient forest, with tree trunks thought to be around 330 million years old.

Parks in the southside

An Edwardian style manor house sits behind a low hedge maze and bright pink rhododendron bush in bloom.
The exterior of The Burrell Collection in Glasgow. A sign reading 'The Burrell Collection' stands in front of the museum with trees behind.

Pollok Country Park

You could spend an entire day exploring Glasgow's largest green space, Pollok Country Park. It is home to two leading attractions, the world-class Burrell Collection and Edwardian mansion Pollok House. There is also a herd of Highland cattle, scenic river scenes, cycle routes and a fairy trail. Visit to plan a must-visit day out in a beautiful city park.

*Pollok House will be closed for approximately two years to facilitate the second phase of an investment programme led by Glasgow City Council. Due to re-open in 2025.

Cathkin Braes Country Park

As the highest point in Glasgow at 200m above sea level, Cathkin Braes Country Park offers one of the best panoramic views of the city. The park is also home to mountain bike trails, which were created for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

2 people sit on a grassy hill in a park overlooking a city view of houses, church spires, trees and mountains in the distance.

Queen's Park

Walk to the flagpole at the top of Queen's Park and be treated to one of the city's finest views. The park is home to the Scottish Poetry Rose Garden, an amphitheatre, which hosts various events, a play park and a large boating pond. It is also easy to pick up a coffee or ice-cream to go from the trendy local neighbourhoods that circle the park.

Bellahouston Park

Bellahouston Park has both sporting and cultural options. The beautiful House for an Art Lover, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is a visitor attraction, art gallery and cafe all-in-one. The park is also home to a series of sculptures, a uniquely-designed play park, Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre and a swimming pool. Visit for details.

Linn Park

As the second largest park in Glasgow, Linn Park is ideal for woodland and riverside walks. Inside the park are the remains of Cathcart Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots is rumoured to have stayed the night before the battle of Langside in 1568. Nearby is Holmwood House, an impressive villa by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. Visit for seasonal opening hours.

Parks in the east end

A scene at dusk of the sun glinting through the branches of a large tree. The medieval Glasgow Cathedral can be seen between the branches.

Glasgow Necropolis

The Glasgow Necropolis is a Victorian garden cemetery with lots of history and architectural styles. From the top of the cemetery are picture-perfect views, which take in the medieval Glasgow Cathedral. Find out more about this unique city location by visiting

Tollcross Park

Tollcross Park is home to a stunning rose garden, with a staggering 240 varieties of roses all arranged in the perfect shape of a rosebud. The park is ideal for families with a nature walk, secret garden and children’s farm.

Cuningar Loop*

This former site was transformed into a superb park as part of the Commonwealth Games 2014 Legacy project. Cuningar Loop includes a boardwalk along the river, public artworks, a bouldering park and playpark. Find out more at

*Cuningar Loop borders Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.

Parks in the north

Hamiltonhill Claypits

Hamiltonhill Claypits is a local nature reserve with lots of wildlife to discover along the canal. It also boasts a great city viewpoint. Visit to plan your trip.

Forth and Clyde Canal

Although not defined as a park or garden, the Forth and Clyde Canal offers greenspace for a waterside stroll. Just 5 minutes from the city centre, you can spot grey herons, kingfishers and beavers at this urban oasis. Check out Scottish Canals website.

Hogganfield Park

This local nature reserve is perfect for a gentle stroll around Hogganfield Loch and for bird watching.

For an overview of all of the parks in the city, visit Glasgow City Council's website and download their 'Glasgow Walking' app to find your way around.

Article last updated: June 2024

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