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Glasgow Eurowalk 2

Point B - Glasgow Green & People’s Palace

Irish and Highland Famine Memorial in the garden area at People’s Palace
Photo: J.Wilson

Glasgow Green has a fascinating social and political history that is summarised in this excellent leaflet from Glasgow City Council: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=31478&p=0

The People’s Palace has exhibitions of the social and political history and has the wonderful winter gardens glasshouse. The glasshouse apparently is designed to resemble the upturned hull of Nelson’s ship.

To visit the Palace, you will find details here: People’s Palace — Glasgow Life

Some Jacobite History:

In the shadow of the People’s Palace Museum, the Irish and Highland Famine memorial is a tribute to the large number of Irish people, who were forced to leave Ireland in the 1840s at the time of a famine caused by Potato Blight. About 100,000 arrived in Glasgow. And this memorial to them also remembers those who had to leave the Highlands. The memorial aims to mark the contribution these new arrivals made to the city of Glasgow. https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/article/22925/Dedication-of-Glasgows-Irish–Highland-Famine-Memorial. It takes the form of an upturned boat and nearby paving stones are carved with the names of some of the places that people had left.

Walking Route Instructions: There are a variety of possible routes to our next stop. But we suggest walking from the rear of the People’s Palace then turning back towards the town centre and walking towards Nelson’s Monument then onwards to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games monument. Then walk on towards the circular area before the Collins Fountain. At this point turn to your right and walk towards Greendyke Street and its junction with Turnbull Street. Walk up Turnbull Street and you will come to our next stop St Andrews in the Square.