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“large park in Glasgow westend”
Review of Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park
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Glasgow's West End Private Tour
Ranked #9 of 276 things to do in Glasgow
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The River Kelvin runs through the West End's large and attractive park which hosts festivals and events throughout the year.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“large park in Glasgow westend”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

great park that connects the city centre to Glasgow's west end.

great play area for the kids, nice walk, very peaceful. can not tell you are in the city. a little haven in the city. very close to glasow university and art galleries

Visited January 2014
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Paradise Park, for walkers, students and children alike”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

Kelvingrove park is a picturesque park in the West End, located beside the similarly beautiful University of Glasgow. The Park has a large ornate fountain at one end alongside a long flowerbed which the RSPB has helped prepare for butterflies The park includes a childrens playpark, skatepark as well as bowls and tennis courts. There are food vans in the park, and cafe, bars and restaurants situated immediately outside of the park, on Gibson Street and Argyle Street at opposite entrances to the park. In early May/ Early June on warm days, students descend the short walk from the university to the park in their 100's onto the hillside which is the center of the park to enjoy post exam refreshments. This happens regularly throughout the summer on warm afternoons evenings with students and locals alike. There is a SYHA hostel at the top of the hill, it's typically £20 pppn, and is an average hostel with comfy bunkbeds, lounge and cooking facilities. The hill has a large bronze monument at its top and overlooks the river Kelvin, named after Lord Kelvin a patron of the University, and arguably Glasgow's greatest scientist. The river is bridged at two points, a small bridge near the skatepark and children's playpark (where Frankie Boyle, a celebrity comedian and West End resident, can sometimes be seen). The other bridge is a large stone work bridge overlooking the river. Both bridges can give excellent views of Dipper and Kingfisher in summer, as well as Goosander in Winter. There are also resident Great-Spotted Woodpeckers and Bats in the park. There is an amphitheater which is currently under renovation and may reopen to public shows in the future. The amphitheater has public toilets attached to it at the top of the seating, next the road (Kelvin Way). Following this road away from the university, you will reach kelvingrove museum on your right hand side excellent museum - worth a visit for art, history and pop-culture shows eg. Doctor Who exhibition etc.

And if you cross Kelvin way road directly, the park continues on the other side for a short walk along the back of the university grounds. eventually exiting at the Transport Museum.
The park borders the river Kelvin and makes up part of the Kelvin riverside walkway, which follows much of the inner city river route and makes for an enjoyable walk. Following the riverside park Northward (over/under Gibson Street away from the university) you will reach the Botanical Gardens after 10 minutes walk, another location worth visiting for its flowerbeds, greenhouses, meadows etc.

Visited May 2013
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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“Jack Vettriano - wow!”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

A group of ten of us travelled to Glasgow last weekend to visit the Jack Vettriano exhibition at Kelvingrove. It is several years since I last visited this amazing gallery and its development has been extraordinary! The exhibition was wonderful; superbly staged and the artist's development sympathetically and intelligently outlined.
Beyond the exhibition, Kelvingrove's other treasures are inventively displayed to cater for all levels of artistic knowledge, interest and age profile. There are countless gems in this museum....my own interests dragged me to the top floor to view the wonderful French Impressionist pieces and the marvellous collection of the "Glasgow Boys" work. No one should miss the amazing Dali crucifixion too.....worthy of a visit to the gallery just for this!
Thank you Kelvingrove...I will return very soon!

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great Art Collection.”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

Free tour are available if asked.
We had an amazing undergraduate student of history which certainly know what he was talking about. We even challenged him to be sure that he effectively know history and he was brilliant. Shame that I don't remember his name.

Visited January 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Lovely place”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

When you're visiting the Kelvingrove museum, have a walk in the park. It's great park and a lovely place ... even when it rains (which happens very often in Scotland)

Visited June 2013
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