Hampden Bowling Club
10 Kingsley Avenue, Glasgow G42 8BU
1st Hampden 1873 to 1884. Hampden Bowling Club - 1905 to present day.
Hampden Bowling Club sits on the 1st Hampden Park - yes there are 3 Hampdens in Glasgow. This was home to Queens Park FC and the Scotland International Football Team from 1873 to 1884, before the 2nd Hampden was built at Cathkin Park and then they moved on again to create the 3rd Hampden at the present site in Mount Florida.
1st Hampden is a unique venue where the modern passing game of football was invented and the ground is the template for all modern football stadiums including the first turnstiles, season tickets and enclosed ground. The original pavilion is still in use by the Bowling Club and historians argue that this is the most important football building in the world. It is also the site of 6 home internationals including a prestigious win by Scotland over England by 7 - 2 in 1878. The irony of this was that the 1st Hampden was lost for 133 years until Hampden Bowling Club’s Secretary found a map showing the exact location in 2017 and confirmed the legend passed down through the Club’s Bowling generations. This is a hidden gem in Glasgow’s Southside and is must see for all those interested in Scotland’s achievements in creating the modern game of football, which is now played or watched by 3.5 billion people around the world today. They all have a road back to the 1st Hampden Park.
Oh and you might even get to throw a bowl or two and be able to go home and say “I played at Hampden today”.
Fri - Sun, 10am-3pm
Tours: Fri-Sun, 10.30, 12, 2; 30 mins
Meeting point: Hampden Bowling Club Pavilion
Booking essential for tours - opens 1st September at 10am.
Facilities: Seating, Toilet, Wheelchair Accessible Toilet, Refreshments
Free on-street parking is available on the adjacent streets
Accessibility: Fully Accessible