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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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  • August 1, 2017
    Went with the family at the weekend. We were looking for a walk in a park and a play at a different play park. So I suggested Bellahouston with the plan to go for a swim afterwards. We parked beside t...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Great for families both young and old. Take the dog here as he can get a good run and we get good exercise  more »
  • June 21, 2017
    Been to this venue twice,when Pope John Paul visited,and then again for Pope Benedicts visit,excellent open air venue,we were extremely lucky both times with the weather,perfect for a concert.  more »
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  • Good for a run or walk. Amazing swing park for kids. Also a ski slope, a leisure centre with pool, football pitches and The House of an Art Lover. Good wee cafes on Paisley Road West.
  • It's smashing big park with a hill and forest in the middle Great panoramic views of the city. Item of modern art are throughout the park, including the exquisite House of an Art Lover and adjacent walled garden
  • Beautiful big park. Sports centre has fab facilities. Great swimming pools. Cafe
  • Great park. A wide variety of things for family's of all ages. Well worth a visit and seeing for yourself.
  • Wide expanse of grass. Great for dogs. Pretty walled garden by house for an art lover.

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