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Queen's Park

A sizeable area of parkland in S Glasgow, Queen's Park extends to 60 hectares (148 acres) 2 miles (3 km) south of the city centre. Located between Pollokshaws Road and Langside Road, on the slopes of Camphill, the park is one of the oldest in the city, dating back to 1857 when it was laid out by Sir Joseph Paxton.

It was named in honour of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87), whose forces were defeated by those of Regent Moray in the Battle of Langside which took place here in 1568. An artificial mound built at the highest point within the park may have been a defensive position associated with the Battle but, today, offers magnificent views to the north. Located within the grounds are Camphill House, once a museum but now private flats, and Langside Hall, formerly the National Bank originally located in Queen Street in the city centre, but re-erected in the Queen's Park in the early 20th Century.

The park is noted for its manicured lawns, glasshouses and its two ponds; a larger boating pond and a smaller naturalised pond which attracts wildlife, including swans, coots, moorhens, grebe and ducks. The glasshouses contain a fine collection of sub-tropical plants, a Zen garden, exotic birds, a reptile house and tropical fish. There are also rose gardens, constructed in 2003 to commemorate the Scottish poets, together with sport facilities such as bowling greens, tennis courts and an orienteering course. The park includes an area of allotments.


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