Glasgow Green is the oldest park in the city, given to the people of Glasgow by King James II in 1450. Citizens of the city are entitled to dry their laundry there, and you can still find the clothes poles for doing just that. Not that the practice is recommended these days, unless you're also posting a security guard to keep an eye on it. I think you can also legally use the Green for grazing your sheep, if you happen to own sheep in the city these days!
It's a great open space to explore, and over the years it has served as the venue for all sorts of sporting events, rock concerts, fireworks displays, political rallies and other gatherings. Even Bonnie Prince Charlie's army camped there whilst Charlie demanded that the city provide food and clothing for his men.
It's also the birthplace of Rangers football club, formed when members of a rowing club would have a kick-about on the Green during their breaks.
I love the unexpected surprises that you come across - the Nelson monument was the first civic monument to the great admiral to be erected, and was designed by Glasgow's third-best-known architect, David Hamilton. It was struck by lightning soon after erection and the top 6m was destroyed; but it was soon repaired. Check out the plaque beside the monument recording the spot where James Watt is said to have received inspiration for his condensing steam engine (there's also a statue of Watt in the People's Palace garden).
There's the Templeton's carpet factory, modelled after the Doge's Palace in Venice by William Leiper (also the architect of Glasgow University and Dowanhill Church - now Cottier's Theatre).
There's the People's Palace, which is a great wee museum, and the Winter Gardens at the rear is a fine warm refuge on a cold rainy day and a great location for weddings or parties.
Just outside the People's Palace is the spectacular Doulton fountain - the largest terracotta fountain in the world and the finest example of its kind; originally built for the 1888 International Exhibition in Kelvingrove Park to commemorate the completion of the aqueducts and pipelines from Loch Katrine that still carry Glasgow's water supply, it was restored and relocated outside the People's Palace in 2005.
The city's industrial equine history is commemorated by the Clydesdale horses that are kept at the Green and exercised there daily (although I've never seen these!)
Lastly, it's worth checking out the boathouse just downstream of the suspension bridge that is the base of the Glasgow Humane Society. Since 1790, this dedicated institution has selflessly policed the river in rowing boats, rescuing people in trouble on the water; until recently they also had the more grisly task of recovering bodies from the depths (in 2005 the police took over this duty) . Generations of the Parsonage family have been the rivermen here, and their dedication to their vocation is commemorated in the naming of Parsonage Square and Parsonage Row just off the High Street.
The Glasgow Green is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon, limited as they may be in Scotland. Parking is a little hard to find. It's there, it just takes a map and some skilled navigating.
This beautiful park is home to the People's Palace/Winter Gardens. You'll also find the Doulton Fountain, which is the largest terra cotta fountain remaining in the world. There are dozens of people out frolicking with their dogs. It also seemed like the Green has lots of stuff for kids, including a pirate-shaped playground set and another playground with the tallest spirally slides I've ever seen. When we were there, they also had a plethora of bouncy castles and inflatable slides set up. I really wanted to partake, but sadly there were age restrictions.
The Glasgow green is a pretty awesome place for kids or adults. The first time I came here was last year in the fall & it was breath taking! All the trees lined throughout the park were changing colors, it's defo a great picture opportunity if you go during autumn. I've been back a few times for nice long walks through the park, with its large green fields and trails that take you all the way down to the river/bridges. There are football pitches throughout the park and a children's park that seriously reminds me of that board game snakes n ladders! (Us Yankees call it shoots & ladders!) we brought Craig's 6 year old cousin here & she really enjoyed it :) I've also came here for bonfire night fireworks which wasn't a big deal but it's cool to see how crowded the park gets! Overall cool park, was tough to find a restroom for the "wee'yin" around the park but other than that no complaints!
Glasgow Green can be a bit hit and miss in some regards. It is in an area that would not always be first on the list you would send tourists to in my opinion but actually given the right day it can make for a very pleasant walk.
We took the dog there yesterday and it was a crisp cold morning. It meant the place was quite quiet and allowed us to enjoy a slow walk peaceful walk round. There is quite a few different bits to see including the birds down at the riverside, Tempelton Building, the bridge, the tall monument and the water fountain. (These probs have names that I don't know btw)
The added bonus to this park is you can also either go to west at the end for a beer or food or into the winter gardens for a coffee and cake.
Certainly worth a walk round during the day if you ain't been before .
Great place to have a walk, cycle and one if the best places to do an impromptu BBQ and football game as there is a lot of space.
Glasgow Green is one of the most picturesque and generally very cool parts of Glasgow. Vastly more fun to visit than a lot of the more run-down parks in our fine city, Glasgow Green sprawls across 55 hectares of historic land. It's beautiful during winter or summer, and is one of the best places to congregate for the festivities of Bonfire / Guy Fawkes night on the 5th of November every year.
Glasgow Green also hosts a number of festivals and gigs, one of which was Gig on the Green, which later became Big Day Out, but has since petered out. A number of runs, cycles, and events are hosted here. The People's Palace is also located here.
A great Glasgow landmark and lovely place to spend the day, especially when the sun is shining. Lovely.
Glasgow Green is one of Glasgow's oldest and popular parks. Dating back from the 15th century, it has changed from a communal space where people used to hang their laundry to a park used for big events as much as it is for picnics.
It's in the heart of the East end, and although the area is being regenerated impressively I would advise against going here at night. People are under the illusion that the west end is more safe, but there are nutters everywhere so I would worry about that more than postcode. Saying that, I wouldn't wander parks alone at night as a general rule. During the day, it is splendid - its grassy boundaries stretch out for ages and makes a very picturesque morning stroll if you go along the Clyde's walkway.
Aside from playing host to the People's Palace and a number of monuments, the WEST brewery and old Templeton rug factory are also nearby. Moreover, the Green is used to host various sporting and charity events (including the Race for Life), and the city firework display is held here every year. It's free, and it's quite a spectacle seeing the old factories and new builds of the town illuminated by a hell of a lot of exploding gunpowder.
As Gavin said, there are prettier parks in Glasgow. But The Green is a firm favourite, and one of the parks of this city that is particularly associated with the Glaswegian people.
Very big and very flat, Glasgow Green is indeed a lovely green space and has a couple of notable landmarks but pretty much every other park I've been to in Glasgow (notably Kelvingrove, Queens, Linn and Rouken Glen) has been a bit more picturesque.
That's not to take anything away from the green though, it houses the charming People's Palace, and I'm assured that the Bonfire Night party is the best place in town to celebrate the torture and execution of a political activist. Still worth a visit.
The Glasgow Show has enveloped the Western part of The Green so that the children's play area was behind the security fence.
We approve of the fairground and have no problem with the entrance fee for those who want to visit the exotic attractions and side shows but we object to paying for access to the children's play area for our grandson.
We pay enough in local taxes and dislike being charged again for a facility for which we have already paid.
No one has mentioned the "HOSSIES"
Big Jack, Don & Co are not the tiniest horses in the world. they live in the council stables at the fron of montieth Row.
We take mt two yr old grandson to the green regularly from clydebank and he plays in the park before going into the stables to see the horses. the stable manager welcomes averyone and you can get a list of the days when the farrier comes to shoe the big guys.
If you've got kids it's a must.
One of Glasgow's nicest parks in my humble opinion, helped along by being in a good location.
It's great during summertime, and I have been to a number of events held here including a Film Festival event run by the BBC where I got to see Goldfinger (the best Bond movie?) and more recently, the always on form Radiohead.
It's a great place, and a lovely backdrop to a lazy Sunday afternoon stroll or summertime picnic with good company.
A great big green space in the East End, Glasgow Green was once used by housewives as a washing and drying green. These days, it's home to a great big adventure play park and comes to life for various events throughout the year.
This great grassy space is ideal for all kinds of events, and plays hosts to gigs, festivals, exhibitions and carnivals, as well as the annual fireworks display which has become a Glasgow tradition.
A lovely HUGE park just out of the city centre. I'd recommend a visit, especially on fireworks night.
5th November means this place is packed with a mini funfair, sweet stalls, punters, fireworks, and of course a bonfire. Amazing! The atmosphere is buzzing there's sparklers for everyone.
Go go go!
This is fantastic big green space - not many of them in cities, although I was told by my driving instructor that Glasgow has the most parks per city in Scotland, and Glasgow Green is a great supporter of the title... if you could call it that.
it's big enough to house a great number of festivals and events; the fireworks is obviously v. notable winter event, and Gig on the Green brightens up the summer months. Cycle for Scotland also starts from her, and provides an inspiring start off point - you need some inspiration to cycle near 50 miles!
It's got a great big huge kids playpark that'll be a treat for any wee one, and the People's Palace is the in park tourist attraction.
Whatever the weather, you'll find something to entertain you here.
A wonderful large park in the east end and an absolute joy to discover for the first time as I did last month. It's actually the largest park in the city dating back to the 15th century and has had many uses over the years (including grazing, drying fishing nets and washing clothes)
Nowadays it's a beautiful place to walk or cycle beside the River Clyde (and across some attractive bridges); you can see the beautiful People's Palace and Winter Gardens on the Green (including the cafe and extensive museum), the world's largest terracotta fountain, a tidal weir, the decorative 19th century Templeton Carpet Factory, a monument to Admiral Nelson, and much more.
You can also find Cycle Route 75, also known as the Clyde Walkway, which runs from the centre of the city all the way to Strathclyde Park.
My hubby uses the green for his twice weekly runs and finds it safe to go running in, yes you do get the odd mentalist shouting go oon yirself big man but in general the police move on any alkies/junkies. The place is well lit and there is a rowing club at the clyde, with swans and ducks.
The only danger is the numpties who can't control their scottie dogs/bull mastiffs and end up chasing you round the green but hey i guess it makes it all the more fun.
I love this place simply because I saw my favorite band Radiohead here in June 2008, and can now die happy. It is a pretty setting, with rolling green, wide open spaces dropping against the River Clyde, and even in the pouring rain, no one's seen a happier man singing his head off in a kind of Elysian field of grace and celebration. Thanks Glasgow, for being the setting for my greatest concert moment ever!
Wide open green spaces with room to roam. What a great public space. There is lots of history down here ad well, including the dubious distinction of being the place for public executions until 1865! The People's Palace and Winter Gardens are.on the grounds, as well as several other fountains, gates, memorials and landmarks. Head on down and take a walk along the Clyde. You won't be disappointed.
Glasgow Green has a really great little children's' play area: unfortunately we could not get in today because of the Glasgow Show.
Large park to east of city centre. People's Palace museum and winter gardens are right in the middle and free to visit too. Concerts and other open air event are regularly held there - Fireworks Display etc. You can walk along the River Clyde through the park into the city centre.
Lovely park right in the centre of Glasgow. Peoples palace is a lovely museum all about the history of Glasgow and free too. There are 2 childrens playparks and plenty of open space. Just watch out for the tramps and alchies who hang about the entrance. They are usually alseep but when awake can be quite rude .
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