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Guide to Glasgow Outdoors

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Here are my suggestions and personal tips for the most interesting and fun places to explore outdoors in Glasgow.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

6 Places

4 City Tips

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6 Places

Glasgow Green

Historic Sites, Parks

Victoria Park and Fossil Grove

Parks

Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace

Gardens

Kelvingrove Park

Parks

Linn Park

Parks

The Necropolis

Cemeteries

Paul P's City Tips

  • When it comes to dining, Glasgow is generally a very relaxed place. Servers in most cafes do not expect to be tipped, but a 10% tip in restaurants is customary.
  • It is common to round taxi fares up to the nearest pound.
  • The bus service is very efficient and offers both single tickets and day passes. Try to carry exact change for the fare.
  • Avoid talking about Scottish football or Scottish politics!
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    Glasgow Green
    Historic Sites, Parks
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    Paul P Says:

    An oasis of tranquility on the city's east end, Glasgow Green is the oldest park in Glasgow. A gift from Bishop Turnbull in 1450, it was the only green public space for centuries, and it is said that the Glasgow Rangers football team originated here in the 19th century. Today, the peaceful park is a lovely place to spend a few hours of quiet time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a cafe and a beer garden, where you can purchase drinks and snacks.
    • Pay a visit to the People's Palace, a fascinating social history museum that tells the story of Glasgow and its people; and then stop into the attached Winter Gardens greenhouse.
    • Notable monuments include a column honouring naval hero Viscount Horatio Nelson, and Doulton Fountain, which was moved here after the 1888 International Exhibition in Kelvin.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 294 things to do in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pay a visit ! 22/01/2018
    • Central location Park 07/01/2018
    • Glasgow Green
    Address:
    90 Greendyke Street
    Glasgow G1 5DB
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 552 1142
    Other:
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    Victoria Park and Fossil Grove
    Parks
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    Paul P Says:

    Situated inside Victoria Park, the Fossil Grove is home to incredible fossilised trees that are 350-million years old — that's twice as old as dinosaurs!). This is a fascinating place to visit, and to imagine Glasgow when it was covered in swampy forests.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is situated close to the Clyde Tunnel. To reach it, take bus 44 from the city centre.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 294 things to do in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant Place For a Stroll 12/11/2017
    • One of Glasgow's Many parks 02/10/2017
    • Victoria Park and Fossil Grove
    Address:
    Victoria Park Drive
    Whiteinch
    Glasgow G14 1BN
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 950 1448
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace
    Gardens
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    Paul P Says:

    These beautiful gardens in Glasgow's west end offer a huge variety of plants and flowers to explore. Kibble Palace, the Victorian glass house, is stunning and replicates various different climates, each featuring a range of interesting and exotic plants and flowers.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the events section of the website for upcoming shows and exhibitions held here.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 294 things to do in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great visit 06/01/2018
    • So beautiful and interesting 03/01/2018
    • Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace
    Address:
    730 Great Western Road
    Glasgow G12 0UE
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 334 2422
    Other:
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    Kelvingrove Park
    Parks
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    Paul P Says:

    Situated by the River Kelvin, Kelvingrove Park is a classic Victorian park home to plenty of wildlife, beautiful flowers, a lovely duck pond, and a children's playground. Whether you stroll through the gardens, play a game of tennis, or sit with a picnic, this is a great place to leave the hustle and bustle of the city far behind you.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Kelvingrove Park is the venue for many festivals and events that take place in Glasgow throughout the year. Check online for details.
    • The Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery is well respected and worth a visit.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 294 things to do in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One the best places in the city 15/01/2018
    • Beautiful 15/01/2018
    • Kelvingrove Park
    Address:
    Otago Street
    Glasgow
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 334 6363
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Linn Park
    Parks
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    Paul P Says:

    Within its 203 acres, Glasgow's second largest park packs everything from grassland to coniferous woodland, scrub land to riverbanks. In addition to meandering trails to explore, Linn Park features a beautiful waterfall, two playgrounds, an orienteering course, and an 18-hole golf course.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The ground here can get very muddy after rainfall, so wear sensible outdoor shoes.
    • Psst... birdwatchers! Some 60 bird species call Linn Park home.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #101 of 294 things to do in Glasgow
    • Beautifully maintained! 07/11/2017
    • Out a walk with dog and friends 04/08/2017
    • Linn Park
    Address:
    Clarkston Road
    Glasgow
    Scotland
    Other:
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    The Necropolis
    Cemeteries
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    Paul P Says:

    Perched on a rocky hill behind Glasgow Cathedral, The Necropolis is a beautiful Victorian cemetery modeled on Paris's Père Lachaise. The stunning grounds lend a sense of serenity, and many of the ornate tombs and monuments were designed by famous local architects, such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Head up to the monument to John Knox, leader of Scotland's Protestant Reformation. There are great views to be had from the summit!
    • The Friends of the Glasgow Necropolis charity offers tours of the cemetery. Check the organization's website for details. Tours are free, but donations are appreciated.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 294 things to do in Glasgow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 21/01/2018
    • Interesing, but significance unclear 19/01/2018
    • The Necropolis
    Address:
    50 Cathedral Square
    Glasgow G4 0UZ
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 141 287 5064
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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