Kelvingrove, Glasgow

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Sauchiehall Street looking west
Kelvingrove is located in Glasgow council area
Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS571660
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG3 7
Dialling code0141
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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55°51′58″N 4°17′02″W / 55.866133°N 4.283775°W / 55.866133; -4.283775Coordinates: 55°51′58″N 4°17′02″W / 55.866133°N 4.283775°W / 55.866133; -4.283775

Kelvingrove is a neighbourhood in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. It is situated north of the River Clyde in the West End of the city, and directly borders Kelvingrove Park to the north and the grounds of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to the west. Its other boundaries are not precisely defined, but roughly correspond to Argyle Street to the south (with Kelvinhaugh and Finnieston beyond), and the Charing Cross and Anderston areas to the east.


Along with Charing Cross and the Park District a short distance to the north, Kelvingrove forms part of the 'Park' conservation area,[1] one of 25 such zones covered by Glasgow City Council.[2] Many of its townhouses and tenements, dating from the mid to late 19th century, are listed buildings.[3][4][5][6]

Royal Crescent

The south-eastern fringe of the neighbourhood near Anderston includes the Glasgow Gaelic School; a church which was previously known as the Henry Wood Hall while home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra until 2015;[7] and a large modern Sikh temple, the Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha (completed 2016).[8]

Converted church on Derby Street

There were also church buildings closer to the park, one of which at North Claremont Street[9] was demolished in the 1960s and the site is now occupied by one of the few purpose-built office buildings in the area;[10] its congregation moved to the other local church at Derby Street, but that was converted into apartments in the late 1970s,[11] [12][13] with the congregation being absorbed by Anderston Church.[14] The open area of grass and trees adjacent to the Derby Street building was once occupied by Kelvingrove UP Church, which was demolished after a fire in 1920.[15][16]

Hindu Mandir, La Belle Place

The nearby Queens's Rooms building at La Belle Place[17] also served as a Christian Science Church from the 1940s[18] before becoming a Hindu temple in 2006,[19][20][21] the largest such facility in Scotland. The building was designed in the 1850s by Charles Wilson who was also responsible for two adjacent blonde sandstone tenements featuring ornate carvings dating from the same time.[22]

Overlooking play area at west corner of Kelvingrove Park, with Gurdwara in background

Owing to its location between the tourist areas of Glasgow city centre, the West End (centred on Byres Road) and the entertainment venues at the SEC Centre, the neighbourhood has a large number of hotels among its tenements, most on the main thoroughfare, Sauchiehall Street.[a] There are also several established restaurants[b] and bars,[36][37][38][39] a provision which increased markedly in the 2010s as the wider area (usually marketed as Finnieston) around Argyle Street became more popular as a destination in its own right.[40][41]

The sections of Kelvingrove Park closest to the residential area include a skatepark, two children's play areas and the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre which also features public-use tennis courts.


  1. ^ West End community fights back against plans to build on Conservation Area, Evening Times, 26 September 2018
  2. ^ Conservation areas in Glasgow, Glasgow City Council
  3. ^ 1-24 (Inclusive Nos) Royal Crescent with 1 North Claremont Street and 36 Kelvingrove Street, British Listed Buildings
  4. ^ 1-20 (Inclusive Nos) Royal Terrace, 11b-19 (Odd Nos) North Claremont Street and 66 Kelvingrove Street, British Listed Buildings
  5. ^ 1055-1065 (Odd Nos) Sauchiehall Street, 23 Radnor Street, British Listed Buildings
  6. ^ 901, 903 Sauchiehall Street, British Listed Buildings
  7. ^ Trinity Church, Clairmont Street, Sandyford, Glasgow West-end Addresses and their Occupants 1836-1915
  8. ^ "About us". Central Gurdwara Glasgow. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  9. ^ Kelvingrove Church, Kelvingrove, Glasgow West-end Addresses and their Occupants 1836-1915
  10. ^ Claremont UP Church (Glasgow University Library, Theology, 1875), The Glasgow Story
  11. ^ 49 Derby Street, 22, 30 Bentinck Street, British Listed Buildings
  12. ^ Glasgow, 20-30 Bentinck Street, Kelvingrove Parish Church, Canmore
  13. ^ Finnieston Church, Architecture Glasgow
  14. ^ Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church gets noticed, Secret Scotland, 1 October 2018
  15. ^ 37 & 41 Kelvingrove Street, Kelvingrove, Glasgow West-end Addresses and their Occupants 1836-1915
  16. ^ Basic Site Details: Kelvingrove UP Church, Dictionary of Scottish Architects
  17. ^ 1 La Belle Place, Kelvingrove, Glasgow West-end Addresses and their Occupants 1836-1915
  18. ^ Glasgow, 1 La Belle Place, Christian Science Church, Canmore
  19. ^ Introduction, Hindu Mandir Glasgow
  20. ^ New Hindu temple opens in Glasgow, BBC News, 19 July 2006
  21. ^ Fire severely damages Hindu temple in Glasgow, BBC News, 30 May 2010
  22. ^ Charles Wilson (1810-63), Glasgow - City of Sculpture
  23. ^ Welcome, Kelvingrove Hotel
  24. ^ Welcome to the Sandyford Hotel, Sandyford Hotel Glasgow
  25. ^ Home, Argyll Hotel Glasgow
  26. ^ About Us, Lorne Hotel Glasgow
  27. ^ A very warm welcome, Acorn Hotel
  28. ^ Welcome to the Sandyford Lodge Hotel, The Sandyford Lodge
  29. ^ Welcome to the Devoncote Hotel, Devoncote Hotel
  30. ^ About Us, Mister Singh's India
  31. ^ Home, Ox and Finch
  32. ^ Experience the taste of India, Mother India
  33. ^ Home, The Butchershop Bar & Grill
  34. ^ Kelvingrove Restaurant, The Sisters Restaurant
  35. ^ Home, Kelvingrove Café
  36. ^ Bar Crawls: Glasgow - The Sauchiehall Street Saunter, The List, 18 November 2011
  37. ^ The Park Bar, The Skinny
  38. ^ Popular West End pub The Grove submits plans for makeover, Evening Times, 22 May 2019
  39. ^ CAMRA hits out at brewery plans for cult Finnieston pub, Campaign for Real Ale
  40. ^ Why Glasgow's Finnieston neighbourhood is now up there with London's Shoreditch, Evening Times, 23 November 2015
  41. ^ Is This Part of Glasgow Really 'the Hippest Place in Britain'?, Vice, 11 April 2016

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