Queen's Park

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Queen's Park is a beautiful Paxton creation which offers something for everyone, from manicured lawns and bedding areas for the gardening enthusiast to peaceful naturalised walks rich in wildlife.  The park is extremely well used and is busy all year round. A great range of sport and recreational facilities can be found here along with a boating pond and smaller nature pond.

Location 

520 Langside Road
Queen's Park
Glasgow
G42

Phone: 0141 276 1476

The park is situated approximately 4 miles south of the city centre at the top of Victoria Road between Pollokshaws Road, Langside Avenue, Queen's Drive and Langside Road.

Opening Times

The park is open from Dawn till Dusk daily however the specific facilities within the park are subject to opening times.

The Glasshouse and front gardens are opened to the Public:

Monday to Thursday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Friday:10.00 am to 3.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

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Size

60 Hectares (148 Acres)

Outstanding Features

  • There are extensive views across the city from the flagpole and on a clear day the Campsie Fells and Ben Lomond are clearly visible.
  • The Nursery and Display House feature a fine collection of sub-tropical plants and many types of flowering and foliage plants. The nursery also houses a Zen garden, ponds, tropical fish, exotic birds and an excellent reptile house.
  • An extensive rose gardens has been constructed to celebrate Glasgow hosting the World Rose Convention in July 2003. The theme of this commemorative garden is Scottish Poets from Burns to McDairmid.
  • Located near the main walkway are an oak tree planted by Belgian refugees after the 1914-18 war and a beech tree which commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in 1945.
  • There is a nature pond which attracts mute swans, coots, moorhens, mallards, little grebe and tufted duck.
  • Find out more about the features in Queen's Park by visiting our Heritage Trails section.

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Facilities

  • display glasshouses
  • aviary & pet house
  • Café (All year) - toilet facilities available
  • bowling greens (seasonal)
  • five floodlit "all weather" tennis courts
  • pitch and putt (seasonal)
  • two ponds
  • Poetry Rose Garden
  • two play areas
  • orienteering course
  • skateboard park for enthusiasts at the adjacent Recreation Grounds
  • picnic areas with benches

Local Facilities

  • Public toilets
    • Pollokshaws Road
  • Public telephone
    • Pollokshaws Road
    • Victoria Road
  • A wide range of restaurants, shops and public bars can be found within walking distance if you can drag yourself away from Queen's Park

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Events in the Park

There are a host of events throughout the year including Easter Pets, Halloween and a Weeklong Christmas Cracker at the display houses. Weekly model boat displays cumulate in the Annual Regatta at the boating pond.

Venue Hire

For information on hiring The Glasshouse at Queen's Park visit our Venue Hire page.

History

The park was acquired in 1857 and was laid out by the world renowned Sir Joseph Paxton. The park was dedicated to the memory of Mary, Queen of Scots and not Queen Victoria, a common misconception given the proximity to Victoria Road and that the park was created during her reign.

  • Queen's Park is steeped in history and was the site of the sixteenth century Battle of Langside.
    • a circle of large stones at the highest point of the park is believed to be the remnants of a encampment which formed an important military position in connection with the Battle of Langside.
    • this battle allegedly took place on the slopes of the park, hence the name Camphill.
  • The magnificent Camphill mansion, near the model boat pond, is once hosted collections of museum pieces for public viewing until it was tastefully restored to private residential properties.

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Friends of Queen's Park

The Friends of Queen's Park, are a dedicated group looking to recruit new members.
The group is looking for people with a passion to see Queen's Park shaped to the needs of the community. The Friends group wish to raise funds for projects, encourage events and promote more public interest in the park, reviving its value and its relevance to the community.

Anyone interested in joining the Friends of Queen's Park should contact friendsqueenspark@btinternet.com

Travel

  • Rail - Trains travel from Central Station to Queen's Park Railway Station, which is a 5-minute walk from the park
  • Bus - Various routes operate from the city centre to Pollokshaws Road and Victoria Road
  • Car - There is on street parking in the area around the park (please adhere to any local restrictions)
  • Walking - Access points are available from Pollokshaws Road, Langside Avenue and Langside Road.

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Disabled Access
Information on disabled access at this location can be found on the DisabledGo website using the following link:
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Contact Details

Land and Environmental Services
General Enquiries
Phone: 0141 287 5064
E-mail: les@glasgow.gov.uk

Public Transport Journey Information
Traveline Scotland
Phone: 0871 200 22 33

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