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Lilybank Gardens, a typical Hillhead terrace
Hillhead is located in Glasgow council area
Location within Glasgow
Area0.96 km2 (0.37 sq mi) [1]
Population24,649 (2016)[2]
• Density25,676/km2 (66,500/sq mi)
OS grid referenceNS570670
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG12
Dialling code0141
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°52′30″N 4°17′14″W / 55.874874°N 4.287201°W / 55.874874; -4.287201Coordinates: 55°52′30″N 4°17′14″W / 55.874874°N 4.287201°W / 55.874874; -4.287201

Hillhead (Scots: Hullheid, Scottish Gaelic: Ceann a' Chnuic)[3] is an area of Glasgow, Scotland. Situated north of Kelvingrove Park and to the south of the River Kelvin, Hillhead is at the heart of Glasgow's fashionable West End, with Byres Road forming the western border of the area, the other boundaries being Dumbarton Road to the south and the River Kelvin to the east and north.


The land was the property of a man named Hill Head from 1702 until 1862. Plots for housing development were made available by the Head family from the 1820s onwards. Hillhead was an independent police burgh from 1869, but as Glasgow grew during the nineteenth century it was first swallowed up physically by the growing city, and then administratively in 1891.[4]


Byres Road is a commercially important district to the city of Glasgow, featuring many of the city's most fashionable and popular independent boutiques.


The University of Glasgow is located in the area, having moved from its original site on the High Street to its current Gilmorehill location in 1870. Consequently a great number of students live in the area. Many academics from the University live in the area along with BBC Scotland employees, actors, broadcasters, writers and many students from various universities and teaching hospitals, creating an economically and culturally diverse community.

Other features of Hillhead include Ashton Lane, Western Baths, Hillhead High School, Glasgow Academy (a private school), and the Kelvinbridge, which straddles the River Kelvin which used to form an eastern boundary between Hillhead and Glasgow, until Hillhead's incorporation into the city.


The area is served by Hillhead subway station and Kelvinbridge subway station on the Glasgow Subway system. The two stops on either side of those are Kelvinhall in Partick, and St George's Cross in Woodlands.


The neoclassical colonnaded Wellington Church is located on University Avenue, directly opposite the University. The church is a Category A listed building.


The archives about Hillhead are maintained by the Archives of the University of Glasgow (GUAS).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://statistics.gov.scot/data/land-area-2011-data-zone-based - 2011 Intermediate Zone (Hillhead)
  2. ^ http://statistics.gov.scot/doc/statistical-geography/S13002977
  3. ^ List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland Archived 22 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Maver, Irene. "Second City of The Empire: 1830s to 1914 - Neighbourhoods". The Glasgow Story. Retrieved 3 March 2017.

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