Bellahouston Park

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Bellahouston Park Heritage Trail includes 31 points of interest. Here you can find further details of the trail.

The Bellahouston Park Trail should take approximately an hour and fifteen minutes to follow. Available here is a map of the heritage trail and information on the 31 points of interest. This information is also available to download in PDF format.
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History & Heritage
Bellahouston Park attracts well over 1 million visitors each year. The main part of the park was acquired by the City in 1895. Three years later, the city's second municipal golf course (now an 18 hole pitch and putt) was established here.

The park was extended in 1901 by the addition of a part of Dumbreck Lands purchased from Sir John Maxwell. A further addition was made in 1903 by including the lands of Ibroxhill.

In 1938 the famous Empire exhibition was held at the park. The site took only fourteen months to build and the cost of admission was one shilling. A mammoth attendance of 12.5 million was recorded and despite this, the exhibition made a huge loss.

Today, of the 200 palaces and pavilions that were built for the exhibition only the Palace of Art remains although a stone Peace Cairn built for the exhibition is still visible at 'Grounds for Play'.

In 1982 the park was the venue for the visit of His Holiness Pope John Paul II which attracted 280,000 people and part of the ceremonial platform still remains.

The Bellahouston Park Heritage Trail
The Heritage Trail contains 31 key sites of interest on your walk around Kelvingrove Park. Images and some information on these can be found here.

1. Bellahouston Leisure Centre (1967) 2. West Play Area (2002) 3. Bellahouston Bowling Pavilion and Greens 4. All Weather Hockey Pitch

5. Palace of Art 6. Glasgow Roots (2007) 7. Maze (2007/08) 8. Portico Entrance

9. Foot and Arch (2005) 10. 'Untilled'(2000) 11. Bench for a Tree (2000) 12. Ghost (1999)

13. Jelly Moulds (2000) 14. Map Bench (2000) 15. Orkney Basket Bench (2000) 16. House for an Art Lover (1996)

17. Peace Cairn 18. Grounds for Play (2004) 19. Stable Block and Dove Coot (pre 1860) 20. Victorian Walled Garden (pre 1860)

21. Homage to Shipbuilding (2005) 22. Glasshouse, Garden for a Plant Collector (2007) 23. Bandstand / Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre 24. Sunken Garden

25. Horseshoe Garden 26. Lady Ure Primrose Drinking Fountain (1914) 27. Dumbreck Road Entrance 28. Ceremonial Platform for Pope John Paul II Visit (1982)

29. Empire Exhibition Monument (1938) 30. Pitch and Putt 31. Community Cycle Park

Acknowledgements
The information contained in this leaflet was provided from various sources: