Great Western Road is the tree-lined, boulevard of Glasgow - it forms part of the A82 running from Glasgow to Inverness - the title Great Western Road applying only to the first six miles.
Great Western Road begins at St. Georges Cross, passing the high spires of St Mary's Cathedral and Lansdowne Church, crossing the River Kelvin Bridge and continuing to Anniesland, Knightswood and Garscadden. The middle two miles contain some of the finest examples of the Victorian architecture of Glasgow. This was where the tobacco, iron, coal and shipping 'Barons' built their homes to escape the pollution of the old inner city.
Across the road from the Botanic Gardens is Grosvenor Terrace - a fine example of Victorian grandeur with row after row of arched windows built in the mid 1800's. The Hilton Hotel is located at the junction with Byres Road. The predecessor of the Hilton was the Grosvenor Hotel, owned by Sir Reo Stakis - although this was burned down the facade was retained.
Next is Kew Terrace lacking any great architectural importance other than Doric columns flanking the porticoes. Kew Terrace continues into the similar Belhaven Terrace East .Across Great Western Road from Kew and Belhaven Terraces is Kirklee Terrace with another set of imposing villas set on a slight elevation and adjoining the grounds of the Botanic Gardens. This Terrace was formerly named Windsor Terrace and it includes a stand-alone mansion called Windsor House. It was at Number 1, the nearest villa to the Botanic Gardens, that Mr. John McDonald resided - one of the founding partners of Stewart and McDonald which became the House of Fraser.
Terraced Houses in Kelvinside
Villa in Kelvinside
The entire area is full of interesting features - it is in this location that many scenes for movie and TV productions ( eg the Glasgow detective series 'Taggart' ) have been filmed.
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