Queens Park

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Terrain

  • Mainly open spaces with some wooded areas
  • Undulating throughout but there are plenty of flat paths should you wish to avoid the hills
  • 2 ponds: a boating pond and a nature pond
  • A rose garden

Facilities

  • The Glasshouse Cafe – Dogs can be tied up outside but aren’t allowed inside
  • Soul Food Sisters Cafe - Located close to the entrance on Victoria Road and the Queens Park Arena; the cafe is a bit of a ramshackle hut at the moment, but great if all you want is an al fresco coffee and cake 
  • Toilets are available in the Glasshouses
  • No official parking, but free roadside parking is available along the roads bordering Queens Park

The park is also relatively close to The Bungo on Nithsdale Road– a rather upmarket but inexpensive dog-friendly eatery. The Bungo is run by the same people who own The Two Figs on Byres Road.

The Ivory is another dog-friendly bar, which is located directly opposite Queens Park, on Langside Avenue.

Points of Interest

 

  • 2 Children’s play parks
  • Glasshouses with: cafe (not dog-friendly but there's seating outside); soft play for under 5s; and reptiles & creepy crawlies
  • Bowling greens
  • Tennis courts
  • 5-a-side football at Goals
  • A rose garden
  • A viewing tower
  • The Queens Park Arena - renovation work began on the outdoor arena in 2012. Visit the arena's website to check out their schedule of events.

Hazards

  • Queens Park is terrible for discarded food – this is probably as a result of people feeding ducks and birds, even though this is prohibited!
  • Both ponds at Queens Park attract a lot of rubbish and the larger pond is prone to blue-green algae
  • Queens Park is bordered by busy roads on all sides, so be mindful of this if you have a nervous or flighty dog that might need to stay on the lead
  • Lots of runners, cyclists, small children and the odd drunk
  • Rubbish
  • Poo – especially close to the smaller of the two ponds
  • Rent boys – we kid you not; at dusk parts of the park’s woodland are well-known pick-up spots

 

Travel Information

  • Drive - You can park on any of the roads around the park, but we’d recommend looking for a spot on Langside Road
  • Walk - Access points are available from Pollokshaws Road, Langside Avenue and Langside Road.
  • Rail – Trains operate frequently from Central Station to Queens Park Railway Station on Victoria Road, which is a 2 minute walk from the park. Turn right as you exit the station onto Victoria Road.                       

Before travelling by train, have a quick read of National Rail’s policy on travelling with animals.

 

Please note that buses are not obliged to accept non-service dogs. For that reason we haven’t included bus routes.

Our review

Queens Park is one of the busiest parks in Glasgow's south side and is particularly popular with dog walkers. Queens Park is easy to walk round and it's close to several cafes & bars for post-walk refreshments.

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