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Glasgow’s small but beautiful park with a charming cafe offers a peaceful oasis in a busy suburb

Glasgow’s small but beautiful park with a charming cafe offers a peaceful oasis in a busy suburb

Glasgow’s reputation as a ‘dear green place’ is well-deserved. The city has one of the highest ratios of parks per capita in the UK and is known for some exquisite pieces of public land.

Glasgow Green, Queen’s Park, Bellahouston and Kelvingrove are some of the most famous and popular places to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. But even the smaller parks offer an oasis of tranquility and a chance to relax in more natural surroundings.




One such place is Newlands Park, situated on the south side of Glasgow. Located just a short walk from the trendy Shawlands neighbourhood, Newlands boasts an impressive array of plant and animal life.

Birds, insects, amphibians and mammals can be found in the park, while the lake is considered a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. Wildlife you can find includes frogs, toads, newts, owls and thrushes.

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You can stroll around the green space or spend time at the Dandelion Cafe, described by some as a “hidden gem”. Famous for its vegetarian options, the Dandelion is a local favourite, with one recent visitor taking to Facebook to say: “Just wanted to say what a delicious meal we were served and the customer service was excellent.”

The lake at Newlands is a haven for all kinds of wildlife

Even if you’re not looking to just relax, Newlands Park has plenty to offer. There’s a smart play area for children and the tennis courts were refurbished and reopened last summer.