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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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  • Had a few swims over the last month. The pool side is particularly dirty. On my first visit a used band aid was thrown on the walk way around the pool , under the high chair where the life guard sits....  more »
  • Glasgow is lucky to boast some fabulous parkland, but I fear this isn't one of them. I'd imagine it doesn't benefit from the same investment as other parks in Glasgow, but it really is quite bland. It...  more »
  • Bellahouston Park is certainly one of the great parks in Glasgow and it has lots of history as well as things to do. We go for a walk, and explore, especially in the Walled Garden, and there is also a...  more »
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  • House of the Art Lover in grounds. Worth visit, use visitor headphones for description of contents. Restaurant quite nice but upmarket. Shop excellent. Mixed terrain and wooded areas give some tranquility but local motorway noise.
  • Love the park. I live close by so it's handy for walking the dog. Also in the rare nice days we get it is great for having a walk and a picnic with the grand children.
  • Great place for a stroll, nice tearooms and plenty of facilities. Bit far out from the centre of Glasgow for the casual visitor, but brilliant for those staying near by.
  • Lovely large park. Quiet and clean. The walled garden is like a sanctuary. House for an Art Lover a must see.
  • Plenty of lovely walks and places of intetest to visit within the park. Beautiful walled garden to sit in and read and enjoy the flowers. Children's play area. You can even book to go dry skiing

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