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The Hidden Gardens

Door open days

11 September 2018 (Tue-Thu 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm)

16 September 2018 (Tours Sat 1pm, 2pm, 3pm; 40 minutes)

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Discover how the old Coplawhill Tramworks has been transformed into a lush green haven, a sanctuary for humans and wildlife alike. A work of art in themselves, the gardens also host art works and artistic activities, alongside their neighbour, the Tramway.

The site of the old Coplawhill Tramworks was transformed into a lush green haven, a sanctuary from the city bustle for humans and wildlife alike.

As well as a green space the Hidden Gardens are a work of art in themselves, and host art works and artistic activities. This year we will be collaborating with the Tramway in presenting opportunities for young people to earn an ‘Arts Award Discover’, an award open to children and young people aged up to 25, encouraging them to participate in arts activities, research artists and their work, and share their arts discoveries. The activity will be creating cyanotypes, an early form of photography, under the guidance of an artist.

You can create your own keepsake card by making creative wax rubbings of textures and materials found in the gardens.

You can take part in wildlife activities including a Bioblitz, a fun interactive survey of wildlife in the garden. Every discovery made during a Bioblitz is recorded and submitted to local wildlife record centres and the National Biodiversity Network.  All the information collected will help to shed light on how wildlife on our land is changing and how best to protect it.

You can take home plants, seed packets and produce for a donation from The Hidden Gardens plant kiosk.

This event is delivered in partnership with our friends and neighbours at RSPB, Tramway and Glasgow Natural History Society.



Metered on-street car parking available

Accessibility: Fully accessible from both entrances at Pollokshaws Road and Albert Drive (via Tramway).

Tours available in Arabic and Urdu. Outdoor space. Conditions might be wet so sensible footwear recommended.

Key Information

Architect: City Design Co-operative

Building Date: 2003

Doors Open Day September 2018:

Tue-Thu 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

Tours Sat 1pm, 2pm, 3pm; 40 minutes

​Booking not required


Children over 8 can join in the guided tours of the gardens with their parents/carers. There will be wildlife activities, scavenger hunt and special trails round the gardens for children of all ages.

Where to find us

  • 25a Albert Drive
  • Glasgow
  • G41 2PE