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Tollcross Park, Glasgow

#13 of 23 in Parks in Glasgow
Tollcross is an area north of the River Clyde in Glasgow and has a popular park opened in 1897 which is famed for its international rose trials. It lies approximately a mile east of the neighbouring suburb of Parkhead, and just north of Braidfauld and south of Shettleston.HistoryTollcross House was built in 1848 for James Dunlop who was one of the owners of the Clyde Iron Works. David Bryce and William Burn were the architects and the building replaced a substantial house that the original owners of the estate, the Corbets, had occupied. The house became a Children's Museum in 1897 and was converted into flats in 1989.The area was once host to mass employment in the industrial age thanks largely to the large Fullarton steel works. McVitie's biscuit factory is one of the main employers in the area today.In 1997 the East End Leisure Centre in Tollcross Park became a feature of the area, having an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is used by the City of Glasgow Swim Team.Many residents of Lilybank would consider themselves residents of Tollcross, but they, like the biscuit factory, have been officially placed within the Braidfauld Ward of Glasgow City Council.Part of the Tollcross area was formerly known as Egypt, and is still marked so on a number of maps. The name is believed to have been derived from a farm that existed at one time in the vicinity, operated by a former soldier who had been stationed in Egypt. The farm, owned by the Gordon family in 1920s before being sold to the Hamilton family is still there today.
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  • This is a really interesting park, especially the area where the roses are. It's a fabulous collection.  more »
  • My daughter enjoyed walking around the children’s farm and seeing the animals. She especially loved the ponies! a cute little area to walk around and the visitors centre was also well resourced.  more »
  • Took our little one here to see the animals - who knew there was an animal farm pretty much on our doorstep! There's not a lot of animals (small ponies, lots and lots of chickens/hens, ducks, birds, g...  more »
  • It's a great place to walk in my case ride my Scooter with my dog and playing retrieve The rose garden is always worth a visit in the summer. The down side is the closure of the Victorian Greenhouse and how it has been left to ruin. This has also meant that the cafe, creche and toilets are also closed. There is little sports facilities, a baseball pitch where once there was several football pitches. Also long gone are the public tennis courts, bowling greens and pitch and put. I am now revising my view because of the lack of facilities from four stars to three. But I still love Tollcross Park.
  • Again a great wee park in glasgow with fantastic walking, jogging, cycling routes especially park run every Saturday. However Neg - lots of rubbish and glass left on paths and in the river. My poor dog cut his paw badly here. Shame that some people spoil it.
  • Great park. Well looked after (apart from the occasional dog poo). Rose garden is gorgeous in full bloom.
  • A little run down in places but a beautiful park all the same.
  • Looked after beautifully by the parkies. Impressive rose garden, ok play parks for kids, but love the hilly forest part by the stream. Well used and appreciated park by the great group of parkrunners on a Saturday morning.
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