99+1 essential places in Glasgow

Whether you’ve lived here or you’ve just arrived, you have hundreds of brilliant things to do in Glasgow. From Glasgow’s dazzling variety of art, architecture, shopping and leisure to the wild natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Find something new at Glasgow’s landmarks, discover new parts of town you’ve never even heard of before or check the favourite Glasgow place. Enjoy!

The 5 best Fountains  
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Enjoy Doulton Fountain

This fountain was designed by the architect Arthur Edward Pearce for the 1888 Glasgow Exhibition in Kelvingrove Park to commemorate Queen Victoria´s Golden Jubilee of 1887, and was moved to the Green Park in 1890.

It includes people from Australia, South Africa, India and Canada representing the British Empire. It also is decorated with Scottish, Welsh and English soldiers, a sailor and the Queen.

At 46′ high and 70′ across at the base, it is the largest terracotta fountain in the world, the best surviving example of its kind, and an A listed building. In 2002 a restoration programme restored the fountain.

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Visit Grand Fountain

This fountain was opened in May 1868 in the oldest public gardens in Paisley. It was built by the George Smith Company of the Sun Foundry in Glasgow, and painted by the stained-glass artist Daniel Cottier.

It is made in cast-iron and is 28´ (8.5 meters) high. Its features include life size walruses, crocodiles, dolphins, herons, cherubs and it is one of only four category A listed fountains in Scotland.

The Grand fountain was run down some years ago, but a £650,000 successful restoration project took place in 2013-14 to restore the fountain to its former glory.

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Admire Stewart Memorial Fountain

Kelvingrove Park contains this monument built to commemorate the late Lord Provost Robert Stewart (1851–1854), deemed the most responsible person for establishing Glasgow’s first permanent supply of fresh water from Loch Katrine.

The fountain was built in 1872 by James Sellars. It is built of granite, sandstone, marble and bronze, and is topped by a figure of Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake. Below the statue there are lions, unicorns, shields, signs of the zodiac and coats of arms.

Restored in the late 1980s and 2009, it´s an A-listed building.

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Discover Saracen Cast Iron Fountain

Commissioned from D W Stevenson, the A-listed Saracen Fountain in Alexandra Park was sculpted in 1901 by David Watson Stevenson. The foundry was Walter Macfarlane & Co.

The fountain was exhibited on the grounds of the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition at Kelvingrove Park and Kelvin Hall. It remained there until 1914, when it was gifted to the City and the Glasgow Corporation took the decision to resite it to its present location in the park.

It is 40 foot high (12 metres), and has been painted in gold and black colours since its restoration in 2000. The fountain shows four seated classic maidens representing Literature, Science, Art and Commerce. They are flanked by seashells, lion masks, reliefs of the signs of the Zodiac, cherubs and dolphins.

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See the Cruickshank Drinking Fountain

The former Cruikshank drinking Fountain was built in 1880 by the Cruikshank & Co Ltd foundry, and takes pride of being placed at the main entrance of Alexandra Park.

It is topped by a cherub, and enclosed in a canopy consisting of an ornate dome supported by four slender stanchions. The complete assembly consists of 20 separate castings.

This B-listed cast iron structure was fully restored as part of an extensive scheme of work with a £225,000 cost.

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