Botanic Gardens

Location type

Station


Name and dates

Botanic Gardens (1896-1939)

Opened on the Glasgow Central Railway.


Description

This was a two platform station in the west end of Glasgow.

The station was below ground level with a fine surface building. The design was superior due to the stipulations of the owners of the Botanic Gardens. This building was by James Miller. The building had Tudor chmineys and due to the two onion domes on the building it was sometimes known as 'The Kremlin'. The surviving gatehouse building at the entrance to the gardens has some characteristics in common with the now lost station building.

The cutting containing the station is open at either end of the platforms allowing light to enter and the station may be glimpsed below from above.

To the east, the line ran under Great Western Road (Great Western Road Tunnel) to Kelvinbridge station and to the west it ran under the Botanic Gardens themselves (Botanic Gardens Tunnel) to Kirklee station. Great Western Road carried trams whose competition led to an early closure for the station in 1939. The line survived until 1964 and the building survived until a fire in 1970.

There were no goods facilities here.

Being fairly intact, the station is a popular urban exploration location, although the access to the railway tunnel is gated. It was used by the BBC for the daytime 'Garden Party' programme as a band venue in the late 1980s, early 1990s.


Tags

Station

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67