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Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

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Bellahouston Park is a public park on the South Side of Glasgow, Scotland, between the areas of Craigton, Dumbreck, Ibrox and Mosspark covering an area of 71ha. The main part of Bellahouston Park was acquired by Glasgow Corporation in 1895 for the sum of £50,000, and opened to the public in 1896. Three years later, the city's second municipal golf course was established at Bellahouston, following the success of the course at Alexandra Park. The park was extended in 1901 by the addition of a part of Dumbreck Lands purchased for the sum of £2,824 from Sir John Stirling-Maxwell. A further addition was made in 1903, at a cost of £40,222, by including the lands of Ibroxhill, from which commanding views of the city are available.In 1938 the Empire exhibition was held at the park. The site took only fourteen months to build. The price of admission was one shilling, and a mammoth attendance of 12.5 million was recorded. The exhibition nevertheless made a loss of £130,000. Today, of the 200 palaces and pavilions that were built for the exhibition, only the Palace of Art remains. It now serves as a Sports Excellence Centre. A stone Peace Cairn built for the exhibition is still visible from the rock garden.In 1996 Charles Rennie Mackintosh's House for an Art Lover was completed from original drawings of 1901, and now serves as contemporary centre of excellence for the visual arts. It is based around Bella hill, created for the great Empire Exhibition. It has commanding views over most of the city, although views to the east are obscured by trees, and those to the south by hills in Mosspark. Notable views include that of Ballageich (Balagich) hill, rising to 1084ft on the southern horizon in East Renfrewshire.
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  • Great local park with beautiful wall gardens , house for art lovers is a beautiful building with a shop and a lovely place to eat inside . Sports centre is in the grounds too with a cafe inside .  more »
  • Bellahouston Park has been popular with local people for very many years and with the addition of the House for an Art Lover to its attractions, it is a popular venue for lunch or dinner. The dry ski ...  more »
  • Came here in September to see Noel Gallagher and was really happy with the concert! One of the best nights of my life! Quite a lot of fighting but that was expected. The park itself is lovely and offe...  more »
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  • One of Glasgow's many great parks. The Victorian Walled Garden, is particularly worth a visit, but be aware that it closes quite early, so why not aim to be there in time to have lunch at House for an Art Lover, adjacent to the garden (booking for lunch is advisable, especially Fri/Sat). There's 2-3 miles of paths in the park, mainly on the flat, there is a small, but steep, hill, but you can avoid that. There aren't any public toilets, but I think you can use the ones in House for an Art Lover or the heritage centre when they are open.
  • Great for walks, leisure centre and palace of arts both in grounds. Dry ski slope, free outdoor gym equipment, separate dog park, running and cycling tracks. Concerts during the summer and several athletic events. Toddlers gated play park and separate park for older children.This park has it all!
  • It's a very nice and peaceful park. You can do what ever you would like to do. Have a training or just a nice walk after your dinner. Lots of sports activities. !!!
  • Lovely swards of green very well maintained but we were looking for the putting green which was mentioned in the blurb but when we found it,we think, no sign of the holes being signed numbers or where to obtain balls and putters? Can you help? Thank you.....
  • Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy were amazing.