King's Park (incorporating the former golf course covers an area of 97.5 acres) is well known for its high profile horticultural displays, particularly those in the walled garden.
Where is it?
What can I do there?
The park has a wide variety of facilities to suit all age groups.
- Two children's play-areas.
- The park has many park seats and picnic tables.
- Orienteering course
- There are many fine specimens of trees such as lime, chestnut, oak and beech, many of which are over 100 years old.
- The park is laid out with extensive rhododendron shrub planting, which provides peaceful woodland walks, and expanses of open grasslands.
- On the south side of the park the walled garden provides a quite peaceful corner of the park. A pond which includes a waterfall provides a relaxing addition to the Walled Garden.
- A wooden pergola positioned along the central paths has a variety of climbing plants entwined up it, and colourful hanging baskets of seasonal bedding plants. The pergola is adorned with wooden carvings of "The bird, the bell, the tree and the fish", which are depicted within the Crest of The City of Glasgow Coat of Arms.
- Adjacent to the walled garden is a formal lawn area which includes a display of rose beds. The centre piece of this rose area is a large ornate obelisk sundial (1885). This was presented by the then 14th Earl of Home by whose ancestor it had been erected originally in 1885 in the formal gardens at Douglas Castle in Lanarkshire. This sundial is a copy of one constructed in Newbattle Abbey, Midlothian in 1635.
When is it open?
The park is open at all times.