Glasgow Green Park
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An Afternoon on Glasgow Green
Glasgow, some might be surprised to know, has more than its fair share of parks, but Glasgow Green, gifted to the city by King James II in the 15th century, is by far the oldest. Once upon a time, this is where the locals would graze their animals, air their linen and dry their fishing nets. While none of these things happen there today, the Green still offers a variety of attractions, including a brewery, museum, play-parks and more. Don't miss: > McLennan's Arch, the dramatic entrance to the park from the west. > The beautiful Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world, gifted to Glasgow and moved to the Green in 1890. Unfortunately, it celebrates Queen Victoria, the British Empire and colonialism. > The People's Palace & Winter Gardens, a small and friendly museum about the social history of Glasgow. > WEST Brewery restaurant and pub, housed in the glorious former Templeton Carpet Factory (pictured). Mine's a pint of Munich Red, thanks. > The Play Village, with something for all ages (when it's not raining). Where: From the city centre, Glasgow Green is a 10 minute walk along the historic Trongate and Saltmarket, or the banks of the River Clyde. Nearest underground stop is St. Enoch. When: All year round, but best enjoyed in dry weather. To catch the People's Palace you'll need to get there before 4:30pm. The play village closes at dusk. WEST serves food until 9pm, and is open from 11am until 11pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays).
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