Glasgow, United Kingdom

Game on: Glasgow Green, the City’s Sporting Heart

Game on: Glasgow Green, the City’s Sporting Heart

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10 tour stops

1

Introduction to Glasgow Green

A short intro to the tour explaining format and times.

3 min
2

Glasgow Tidal Weir

Sept 2020: Weir currently undergoing repair works but you can peer through the fence.

5 min
3

West Boathouse

Home to two of the oldest rowing clubs on the river, it is undergoing renovations.

5 min
4

St Andrew's Suspension Bridge & East Boathouse

Cast iron, built 1854-55 to replace ferry crossing (Green to Gorbals). Cat A Listed

2 min
5

Flesher's Haugh & City of Glasgow Regatta Club

Site of the oldest clubhouse on the river, and a popular bathing and swimming spot.

4 min
6

On the straight and narrrow....

An ambitious plan to straighten The Clyde

3 min
7

Mr Fleming's Fabulous Gymnasium

Site of 1850s outdoor gym, gifted to the city by Mr Fleming.

2 min
8

Greenhead Baths

Site of 1878 public baths and washhouse, bombed during WW2.

3 min
9

The Lost Lido of Glasgow Green

Under your feet is an Olympic sized outdoor swimming pool!

2 min
10

2014 Commonwealth Games: The Finishing Line

The 'Big G' sculpture from 2014 Commonwealth Games

1 min

Overview

Long before there was a Hampden Park, Kelvin Hall or an Emirates Arena, Glasgow Green was where the city went to play and compete. Gifted to the people of Glasgow in 1450, the Green has long been a focus for public gatherings, fairs, political protests and gigs, however, its long-standing role in nurturing the city’s diverse range of sports is often overlooked.

Taking in lost lido’s, jumbo-sized gyms, the first golf and football clubs, the origins of ‘gutties’ and an ambitious scheme by local rowers to straighten the river, Ingrid Shearer of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust is our guide on a tour through the city’s true home of sport.

Itinerary 3.8 km / 1:30

Offline map included

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