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Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

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4.2/5 based on 70 reviews on the web
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 parking and nice varied walks. Great views. However, I think Pollok park is a better option for dog walking. 
  • Walked through the park for the Cancer Research UK's Race for Life event and found the park to be very pleasant. Unfortunately some people insist on having their dogs of the lead when the runners and ...  read more »
  • This gem of a park is a wonderful place to visit on any kind of day. It is quiet, very well kept, and a place of tranquility in a noisy city. It is also a great place for the kiddos to enjoy the swing...  read more »
  • Really nice park in Glasgow. I feel this is one of the safer parks and it's a great place to take your dog for a long walk. The park is generally quite populated.
  • Large park in the Dumbreck area of Glasgow. Very well maintained, with beautiful garden in the summer months. Within the grounds is House for an Art Lover, with gift shop and tea room within.
  • Great park to go for a walk at lunch times. There is also a play area for kids and an outdoor exercise machine facility. Right at the top there is some lovely gardens and sculptures hidden.
  • Large Park with a variety of art installations and natural spaces
  • Great Park for exercise and walking dog
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