The top 10 parks in Glasgow

Home to some of Scotland’s finest parks, Glasgow boasts everything from wild forest trails to scenic waterfalls to refined manor gardens. 

We have looked at some of the more popular parks and put together a list of what we think are the best parks in Glasgow. 

If you’re keen to find some gorgeous trails to explore, this list is for you! 

Pollok Country Park

The largest of the country parks Glasgow has to offer, Pollok Country Park is made up of an impressive collection of woodlands and gardens and is home to the world-famous Burrell Collection of artworks. 

Pollok Country Park also boasts an impressive number of woodland walks, several walled gardens, a play area for young ones as well as a fun orienteering course (maps can be bought at the park manager’s office). 

Because its grounds are so expansive, several highland cattle graze there too. 

Kelvingrove Park

A popular park amongst city dwellers, Kelvingrove lends a healthy dose of green to its urban surroundings, providing workers in the city’s more commercial West End with somewhere to get a bit of fresh air during their lunch break. 

The park is also known for its bowling and croquet greens as well as its bandstand and skate park. However, perhaps the park is most notable for the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum – a free entry museum with 22 galleries and an eclectic selection of fascinating exhibits.  

Kelvingrove serves as a home to a diverse ecosystem which includes red foxes, otters and kingfishers. 

Dowanhill Park

The perfect park for families with young children, Dowanhill Park’s layout is designed around its gated children’s park, which sits at the very centre of the park. 

An excellent spot for safe, independent play, the playground has plenty of space for little ones to wander around and makes for an exciting day for kids. 

A grassy, hilly park, Dowanhill Park is protected by Fields in Trust – an organisation that looks to preserves some of Britain’s most treasured green spaces. 

Newlands Park

As with the aforementioned Dowanhill Park, Newlands Park is one of the green spaces of significance that’s protected by Fields in Trust.

The park is home to several gardens including a rose garden pergolas and a rock garden. The park also boasts a number of tennis facilities as well as a children’s play area for the little ones.  

A visit to Newlands Park makes for the perfect afternoon the next time you have a weekend free with the family.

Maxwell Park

A small but absolutely beautiful park situated in the centre of Pollokshields – a conservation area boasting large villas and sprawling gardens – Maxwell Park surrounds the impressive Burgh Hall. 

A haven of calm and serenity for people local to the area, the park’s pathways are perfectly lined with majestic rows of trees, and its mellow ponds provide the ideal backdrop for a relaxing, stress-reducing walk. 

Perfectly complementing Pollokshield’s idyllic aesthetic, Maxwell Park is a source of great pride for the area and is one of its most popular landmarks.

Linn Park

Of all the parks in Glasgow, Linn Park is the third largest. 

Surrounded by extensive woodland that stretches across 200 acres, Linn Park is particularly popular amongst avid golfers thanks to its 18-hole public golf course. 

Aside from having a massive golf course, Linn Park also has its own equestrian centre, as well as an orienteering course and couple of children’s play areas. 

Linn Park also has a number of impressive architectural landmarks including the grand Linn House mansion that sits at the centre of the park, and the ruins of the historic Cathcart Castle, which is situated towards the northern part of the park. 

Rosshall Park

A park that’s less refined than most, Rosshall Park is known for its slightly wilder aesthetic, swapping leisure facilities and play areas for caves and rock gardens. 

If you’re something of an adventurer and prefer a park with a bit of character, we recommend Rosshall Park. There are countless forest trails for you to explore and the park also has a lovely duck pond too. 

For a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of Glasgow, head down to Rosshall Park

Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park is a park with a little bit of everything. With several display glasshouses as well as an aviary and a pethouse, the park resembles an eco-conservatory, however it’s much more than this.

With a number of leisure facilities including a few floodlit tennis courts, a skate park, an orienteering course, and an amphitheatre, Queen’s Park also has several options for visitors who are after a more active experience. 

However, Queen’s Park is perhaps most famous for being the home of the Poetry Rose Garden – a tribute to Scotland’s great poet through the ages. Things like cement Queen’s Park place as a part of Scotland’s cultural tapestry.  

Rouken Glen Park

A wonderful park ideally situated right by the river, Rouken Glen Park is known for being a great spot for pleasant riverside walks, with one of its biggest draws being its breath-taking waterfalls. 

Aside from beautiful views of the river, visitors to the park can also take advantage of its tennis and table tennis facilities as well as its skate parks and children’s playground. 

The park also has a number of cafés and restaurants including the popular Boater’s Café as well as an Indian restaurant and a snack kiosk. 

The park also offers visitors free parking, promising a carefree day out. 

Alexandra Park

Named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark, Alexandra Park is particularly popular amongst locals thanks to its 9-hole golf club.

The park is also home to a big, beautiful pristine pond, situated at the centre of the park, and from its highest point, visitors can take in incredible views of both the Ben Lomond and the Tinto hills. 

In terms of key landmarks, the park can boast the Saracen Fountain – a Victorian architectural triumph that needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. .