Situated on the south side of the city of Glasgow, in Scotland, Queen's Park (Pàirc na Banrìghinn in Gaelic, Queen's Pairk in Scots) is 60 hectares (150 acres) in area and lies about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the city centre. The name can refer both to the park itself, the adjacent residential district, or the football team Queen's Park F.C.
The park was developed in the late 19th century in response to the increasing population density of Glasgow in general, and the South Side in particular, with the growth of tenement housing supplying the increased demand for middle-class homes. Victorian Glasgow took the provision of open spaces extremely seriously, with the result that parks such as Queen's Park sprang up across the city.
The park was acquired in 1857 and was designed by the world renowned Sir Joseph Paxton, also responsible for noted public parks in London, Liverpool, Birkenhead and the grounds of the Spa Buildings at Scarborough. The park was dedicated to the memory of Mary, Queen of Scots and not Queen Victoria, a common misconception given the proximity to Victoria Road and that the park was created during her reign. Mary lost the Battle of Langside near the park.
Today the park is still thriving, used by many thousands of people annually, and remains a focal point for the people of the South Side of Glasgow, and beyond. The park holds the annual Southside Festival which attracts over thirty thousand people. The park holds a farmers market every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10am to 2pm, which is best accessed from the Victoria Road entrance.
The park is also extremely popular in times of snow when the public rush to make full use of the parks steep hills with sledges in tow for fun in the snow. There is also a music festival held annually at the Glasshouse house called The Wee Chill.
From various points of the park, it is possible to view the full expanse of Glasgow in a given direction. The most comprehensive viewpoint is marked by a flagpole, and affords views of tens of miles to the north, east and south. In good visibility this view encompasses the Campsie Fells and Ben Lomond.
An earthwork runs over the top of the hill in the park enclosing an area approximately 120 metres by 100 metres. Excavations in 1951 revealed 14th century pottery. By comparison with similar archaeological sites in the area, it is suggested by Eric J Talbot, then of Glasgow University, that this was a Norman ringwork earth and timber castle.
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- Queens Park Churches
- Southside Festival
- Life in the Southside of Glasgow
- Shawlands and Strathbungo Community Council
- Glasgow City Council Queen's Park information page