1) The Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green
Situated to the rear of the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green, the Winter Gardens built in 1898 are crammed with tropical plants from around the world. The cafe situated inside the glasshouse is open 7 days a week, and makes the ideal place to take a break, after a wander around Glasgow.
2) The McLennan Arch, Glasgow Green
Situated at the entrance to Glasgow Green, the McLennan Arch is Glasgow’s very own ‘mini Arc de Triomphe.’ Few people will realise that it hasn’t always stood at this location, and was actually moved here, brick by brick from the city centre.
3) Nelson’s Monument, Glasgow Green
In 1806 the people of Glasgow built Britain’s very first monument dedicated to the Royal Navy hero, Horatio Nelson. Public executions used to take place on Glasgow Green, facing the monument. The most famous execution taking place here, was that of Dr. Pritchard. Over 100,000 people attended to watch Dr Pritchard being hung, after he was found guilty of poisoning his wife and mother in law.
4) The Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green
Moved to Glasgow Green in 1890, the Doulton Fountain represents a spectacular piece of Victorian architecture, celebrating Victiorian Britain and the Empire. It’s hard to believe that this once spectacular monument once lay neglected and vandalised. By 2003 the fountain’s fortunes began to change. An ambitious restoration project was announced, and the fountain was restored to it’s former glory.
5) Snowy Rooftops
A view of Glasgow city centre from the rooftops on one of the coldest days of the year (so far.) In this scene a mish mash of architectural styles can been seen, dating from the 1700’s to present day.
6) Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Glasgow’s largest museum which is well worth a visit (free entry.) For many years there was always an odd myth surrounding the building that it was accidentally built ‘back to front’ in error, and the architect jumped off one of it’s towers after realising his mistake! Let’s face it, this ‘urban myth’ is highly dubious!
7) Joseph Lister – The Pioneer of Antiseptic Surgery
The pioneer of ‘antiseptic surgery’ sits in the park close to Glasgow University, where he was a Professor of Surgery. Whilst Lister was of English origin, he perfected use of carbolic acid as an antiseptic at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, to the benefit of the entire world.
8) Lord Roberts Statue, Kelvingrove Park
Lord Roberts, otherwise known as ‘Bobs’ to friends, was a national hero at the time of the British Empire. This A-listed monument was built in 1916 through public subscription, by those who wanted to ensure that his legacy would never be forgotten.
9) Glasgow University
Sitting on the banks of the River Kelvin, Glasgow University is not only a great looking Victorian Gothic building, it is also in the top 100 universities of the world. The original Glasgow University was founded in 1451, making it the 2nd oldest in Scotland after St. Andrews.
10) Stewart Memorial Fountain, Kelvingrove Park
Built in the memory of Lord Provost Robert Stewart, whose main achievement was to push forward the project to provide Glasgow with fresh water from Loch Katrine during the mid 1800’s. In recent years the A-listed fountain has undergone a half million pound refurbishment.