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Queens Park in Shawlands, Glasgow's Southside, has lots on offer and is open all year round. For me it's good for a Sunday stroll after picking up my coffee from Tapa Bakery on Pollokshaws Road or Bakery 47
on Victoria Road.
Walking up to the highest point in the park, the flagpole, you can take in all the beautiful views of Glasgow. On a good day you should be able to spot a few familiar sights like Glasgow University, Cineworld on Renfrew Street and the big pink People Make Glasgow sign in George Square. Behind the buildings of the city lies the Campsies hill range which glow in the evening as the sun sets. Turn around and over the other side you should be able to identify Whitelee Windfarm from the mass of windmills in the distance.
The park also hosts a number of facilities including the glasshouse which is home to a variety of reptiles, birds and fish which you can visit. I especially enjoy visiting the tortoise as he is usually very active. There is also an amphitheatre, which was most recently one of the music stages in the Southside Fringe festival; tennis courts that can be booked by contacting Glasgow Life; a seasonal pitch and putt; a duck pond; rose garden; and a children's play area.
Getting hungry? There is a wide selection of restaurants, shops and bars within walking distance of the park. A few recommendations are The Bungo
, Buddy's Diner
, Mulberry St Bar & Bistro, The Glad Cafe
, Di Maggio's and the Butterfly and Pig. If you manage to pick one of the few sunny nights in Scotland to visit, then why not join the locals, pick up a takeaway for dinner and head on down to the park to eat it while soaking up the sun.
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