Victoria Park and Fossil Grove, Glasgow

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The Fossil Grove is located within Victoria Park, Glasgow, Scotland. It was discovered in 1887 and contains the fossilised stumps of eleven extinct Lepidodendron trees, which are sometimes described as "giant club mosses" but they may be more closely related to quillworts. The Fossil Grove is managed as a museum and has been a popular tourist attraction since it opened for public viewing.The site, Glasgow's most ancient visitor attraction and the remnants of an extensive ancient forest, is viewed from within a building constructed to protect the fossils from the elements.Natural heritageThe site displays a cluster of eleven petrified tree-like stumps in their growth position, excavated from layers of sandstone and shale, which formed 325 million years ago during the Carboniferous period. Fossil Grove is a site of special scientific interest of international importance for the study of Carboniferous plant fossils.
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  • August 10, 2017
    what 7 year old doesn't like a park, find myself taken my young daughter her, she loves it well most of it, apart from leaving, very spacious, mostly well maintained kids play area although could do w...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    Well I have a certain affinity with this park when I got married me and my wife didn't have much and many an afternoon and summer evening was spent in this lovely park there is a great boating pond th...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Just wanted to share that this is currently shut weekdays (says til October) , as went along today on a lovely sunny day and it was closed - other parents etc hanging round not knowing it is closed as...  more »
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  • A visit here won't last more than 20-30 mins but it's well worth it if you're interested in Earth's ancient geological and biological history. Note that the visitor's centre providing access to the fossils is only open during the summer months (Approx May - Sep) although the surrounding park and gardens are open all year. Check the website for exact opening times before making a dedicated trip.
  • This is a fantastic place for a wander - feels like you're 1,000 miles away in this beautiful sanctuary.
  • Sparingly open (11-4ish weekends) but a quirky and interesting look at a part of natural history not readily available elsewhere in the city. Worth a quiet meander during a run through the park, especially given the surreal atmosphere of the slot canyon-like quarry.
  • Top place to visit if your into paleontology 300 + million year old fossils.
  • Fossil exhibition based in Victoria Park.

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