Byres Road has plenty to offer for children and families of all ages. With Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the Kelvingrove Park a hop skip and a jump away. Why not take the family out for a day around Byres Road? 

The Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens

Park life

At the top of the hill is the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, offering ample space for those lazy days; sitting, enjoying a read, eating ice cream, and having picnics. The garden is dominated by the recently restored Kibble Palace, a magnificent Curvilinular Glasshouse designed by John Kibble. The site also plays host to various other structures housing rare plants from Scotland and the wider world. 

Kelvingrove Park is a green oasis of 85 acres; an important wildlife corridor where you can easily spot grey squirrels, blue tits, magpies and grey herons or if you're really lucky; Kingfishers and Cormorants. In the centre of the park, the historic bandstand has recently been fully restored and showcases a variety of acts including bands and theatre groups. The park also offer barbecues for those warm summer days when the whole family is gathered in the park.

The two parks are connected through a leafy walkway taking you along the banks of River Kelvin, ideal for a stroll with the family.

Family-friendly shops and restaurants

Byres Road is the proud host of two famous ice cream parlours - Crolla's and Cafe Nardini. Most restaurants and establishments are child friendly with many offering child portions if your young ones are feeling a rumble in their tummy.

Close by, Great George Street has shops specifically for children's products -such as Jojo Maman Bebe stocking clothing and unique toys for baby's and pre-teens.


Grosvenor Cinema in Ashton Land has a family cinema programme with films that are suitable to a variety of ages.

Operation Play Outdoors in Cresswell Lane

Operation Play Outdoors in Cresswell Lane

In the month of June, the annual West End Festival takes place with the parade day providing various events, floats, performers and activities on a pedestrianised Byres Road. Its worth checking the schedules for Hillhead Library as it offers various events and classes for children such as their Bounce and Rhyme sessions - a fun activity for parents, carers and children that are 3 or under with action songs, rhymes and stories that help children’s literacy and numeracy and are a great way for parents and carers to brush up on their nursery rhymes!

So round up your wee ones (or not so wee ones!) for a fun day out in and around the West End.