Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park - Soldier

This Sir Joseph Paxton designed park is a classic example of a Victorian Park. Its design and setting on the banks of the River Kelvin enhance and compliment the many magnificent buildings which surround and the world renowned Art Gallery and Museum prominently featured within it.

Location
Kelvingrove Park
Otago Street
Glasgow
G3 6BY


The Park is located north of the River Clyde about 1.5 miles west of the city centre between the districts of Partick and Yorkhill to the south, Woodlands to the north, Cranstonhill to the east and Hillhead to the west.

Opening Times

The park is open at all times.

Quick Links

Facilities, History, Travel, Contact Details

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Size

34 Hectares (85 Acres)


Stewart Memorial Fountain The restoration of the Stewart Memorial Fountain in Kelvingrove Park is now complete. Further Information SM Fountain Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Kelvingrove Park Heritage Trail

The Kelvingrove Park Heritage Trail includes 35 sites of interest. Details of the Heritage Trail and a map are available here.
Kelvingrove Park Heritage Trail - further information

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Outstanding Features

  • The Park has an overarching feel of Victorian grandeur. The layout of conscious curves follows the route of the River Kelvin, which it crosses at several points.
  • The Art Galleries and Museum, completed wildly over budget at a cost of £257,000, is the most prominent feature.
  • In 1854 a granite staircase was erected near Park Gardens - close to the former home of the SFA - at a cost of £10,000
  • The Stewart Memorial Fountain, erected in 1872, commemorates Lord Provost Stewart who was instrumental in the delivery of Glasgow's water supply system from Loch Katrine - inaugurated in 1859. Unfortunately the fountain uses mains water, an extravagance that cannot be afforded today.
  • The River walkway is a peaceful natural haven within a densely populated area of the city and it is home to a diverse range of wild life.
  • Other features include:
    • Sunlight Cottages 1901
    • Highland Light Infantry Monument 1906
    • Bandstand and Amphitheatre 1924 (Please note this area of the park is currently closed to public access)
    • Tom John Honeyman Garden and seating Area 1972

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Facilities

  • Kelvingrove Museum and Art Galleries
    • The galleries have undergone a £27.9m refurbishment to restore the magnificent Victorian interior, and reopened in July 2006
  • five bowling greens - seasonal facility subject to opening times - Phone: 0141 770 0519
  • croquet green
  • four synthetic tennis courts
  • children's play area
  • orienteering course
  • herbaceous borders
  • Azalea and Rhododendron borders
  • outstanding riverside walks
  • skateboard park
Local Facilities
  • Public toilets
    • At the entrance to the bandstand
  • Public telephone

    • Otago Street

Events in the Park
There area a number of events which take place within the Park these include

  • Various Countryside Ranger Services including Wild in the City Days
  • The Glasgow School of Art and School of Design Annual Soap Box Race is held in the park
  • Glasgow Cyclefest

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History

In 1852 the City purchased land forming Kelvingrove and Woodlands Estates for the sum of £99,569 to create an area which is now known as Kelvingrove Park.

  • The Park was created for the rapidly growing West End of the city for the recreation and amusement of the citizens of Glasgow
  • It was one of many Victorian parks created in response to the appalling conditions created by rapid urban growth, resulting from the industrial revolution.
  • The park was the first purpose designed and constructed park in Scotland and it rapidly became a considerable attraction
  • It was designed by the leading landscape designer of the time, Sir Joseph Paxton who also designed the Crystal Palace in London
  • Kelvingrove is one of the city's best loved historic parks, an enduring legacy of Victorian urban parks, which has a special place in the hearts and minds of the people of the West End.
  • It has been used twice for International Exhibitions in 1888 and 1901 as well as being used for the Scottish National Exhibition in 1911.
  • The magnificent Art Gallery and Museum which is a prominent feature of the park was built for the 1901 Exhibition.
  • The Doulton fountain, which has undergone a £5m refurbishment at Glasgow Green, was originally located in Kelvingrove for the 1888 International Exhibition.

Further Information on the history of Kelvingrove Park.

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Travel

  • Underground - Kelvinbridge Underground Station is a 5 minute walk
  • Train - Charing Cross Rail Station is a 10 minute walk from the Park and Glasgow Central Station is approximately a 20 minute walk
  • Bus - Various routes operate from the city centre to Sauchiehall Street
  • Car - The Park can be accessed from the Clydeside Expressway following the signs for the Kelvin Hall, Museum and Art Gallery. Parking is available at the Transport Museum and Art Galleries off Sauchiehall Street.
  • Walking/Cycling - Kelvingrove Park is a twenty-minute walk from the City Centre.
    • It also forms part of the Kelvin Walkway, which links with the Glasgow Loch Lomond Cycleway and the West Highland Way

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

Glasgow City Council Cycling Line
Phone: 0141 287 9171

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