Venture to the biggest & best park in Glasgow

Alice Hockey

With the Kelvingrove and Hunterian on your doorstep there is often no need to venture far to enjoy culture and art. However since term is over and Glasgow outside the West End awaits, grab your bike or your railcard (train to Pollockshaws West via Glasgow Central) or the 23 bus from Dumbarton Road and venture to the scary, scary South side. There you will find the Burrell Collection and its surrounding park land. Named after its donor it is one of the greatest collections in the world, created by one person covering a range of periods and objects.

For those culture vultures out there, the stained glass displayed against the expansive windows are breathtaking – especially on those rare days of sunshine in our fair city. Make sure you to take a look upstairs too where they hide the finely painted Northern Renaissance oils and Degas’ soft pastel works of ballerinas and bathing women. These are my personal favourites but from tapestries to suits of armour the collection had something for everyone, set out in the cool, spacious galleries of this unusual building. It is also worth checking out the website for free talks and events to give you a more personable and engaging introduction to the collection’s objects and themes.

Once you have had your fill of the Arts the museum is set in a stunning park well worth a meander, I especially recommend an explore north through the woodland and if the weather permits (which happens occasionally … ) a picnic in the meadows. I’ll admit I have no shame in fighting children for a go in the playpark too, it is a lot of fun even if you are coming up for 25 years old!


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