Visitor facilities


Rouken Glen Park has all the requirements of a fabulous day out.  Whether you visit us as a group, family, or just on your own.  We have lots on offer to make your day out a memorable occasion.

  • Open 24 hours
  • Pavilion Visitor Centre Open: 9am to 5pm (summer), 10am to 4pm (winter)
  • Walled Garden Open: Mon-Thurs 10am to 6.45pm and Fri - Sun 10am - 4.30pm (summer), 10am to 3pm (winter)
  • On-site car parking including disabled parking
  • Level paths
  • Toilets in the Pavilion Visitor Centre and cafes
  • Baby changing and accessible toilets behind cafe by pond and in Pavilion Visitor Centre
  • Recycling containers (Garden Centre car park)
  • Tennis Courts- the tennis courts are open 24/7, there is no need to book, however players are asked to spend a maximum of 1hr on the court. Organised tennis coaching is prohibited on the tennis courts.

Every Saturday afternoon (weather permitting) the Model Steamer Club meet at the boating pond to sail their model boats. For more information contact modelsteamerclub@btopenworld.com 

In addition, during school holiday periods and late spring / summer weekends, licensed small businesses operate bouncy castles, pony rides and ice cream/catering vans in the park.

The Model Boat Club

Two bouncy castles operate in the park. One at the north end of the Events Area behind the pond and the other near the play area next to the pedestrian entrance to the park opposite Rowallan Road. The bouncy castle by the play park operates from early March to mid October on weekends, public holidays and school holidays including in-service days between 11.30am and 4.30pm. (Please note that during adverse weather such as high winds the bouncy castle will not be available.)

Pony rides commence at 1.30pm in the recreation or events areas (weather permitting).

The following businesses occupy premises within the park:

Disabled access

Ramp in the skate park at Rouken Glen

The park can cater for most levels of ability, from wheelchair users and special needs groups, to people looking for a more arduous challenging walk.  Outwith the glen area, paths are flat from the car parks.  There is a slight incline on the way up to the pond, but it is user friendly for most abilities.


The Pavilion is available to book for children's parties (under 11's), meetings, seminars, workshops, presentations and similar events. Visit our pavilion hire page for more information. 

Recreation area

New Picnic Area

Rouken Glen Park has a number of facilities within its recreation area which will allow visitors of all ages to be fit and active outdoors.

Skate park

For teenagers and the more adventurous, the skate park provides an opportunity for skateboarding, BMX and inline skating. This is a popular area for young people to congregate and they have 'decorated' the skate park to suit their tastes!

Due to the nature of the activities this area is not suitable for very young children and parental caution is advised.

Picnic area

Outdoor Gym

The picnic area is situated in front of the Pavilion Visitor Centre beneath the flagpole and has a number of family sized picnic benches for your use. Another picnic area has been created on the west side of the Pavilion, opposite the play area.

We are strict about the use of barbecues in the park, as they are a health and safety risk where children run and play, therefore they are prohibited.

Basketball court

The park has a small basketball court next to the skate park.

Outdoor gym

As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund improvements in the park, an 11 piece outdoor gym has been installed on an oval circuit in the recreation area.

Other facilities

Many of the other facilities in Rouken Glen Park, such as the Pavilion Visitor Centre, children's play area, walled garden and boating pond were refurbished and upgraded as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund developments in the park. For further details refer to the Heritage Lottery Fund Project section of the website.

10 Things to Do in Rouken Glen Park - all free of charge

  1. Book an activity with our Activity Ranger
  2. Children's play park
  3. Skate park
  4. Outdoor gym
  5. Geology - follow the trail round our Site of Special Scientific Interest
  6. Go for a walk - join our walking groups   Alternatively, follow the Ramblers Scotland walking routes in the park, bronze 15 minutes, silver 30 minutes and gold 50 minutes.
  7. Wildlife hunt - feed the ducks and swans on the pond without using bread
  8. Visit our "Story of Rouken Glen Park" Exhibition in the Pavilion Visitor Centre
  9. Volunteer with our Activity Ranger - archaeology, photography, history research, conservation and horticulture
  10. Enjoy the peace and quiet in our walled garden