People's Palace and Winter Gardens

#11 in Best Things To Do in Glasgow
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Key Info

Glasgow Green, Templeton Street

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Located on the Glasgow Green – a park in the east end of Glasgow – the free People's Palace is a museum dedicated to the social history of Glaswegians. For instance, past exhibits detailed Glasgow's distinctive vernacular, while another displayed the desk of political activist (and Glasgow resident) John MacLean. Adjacent to the museum are the Winter Gardens – a greenhouse that acts as a cozy reprieve for people and tropical plants alike. Stop in for a coffee at the in-house cafe before venturing on.

While past visitors frequently called the exhibits both informative and entertaining, some say they might be beyond the grasp of young children.

The free museum opens at 10 a.m. every day except Friday and Sunday, when it opens at 11 a.m.; it closes at 5 p.m. The museum is accessible via the St Enoch subway station and the Argyle Street, Bellgrove and High Street train stations, along with several bus lines. For more information, visit the Glasgow Life website.

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#1 The Burrell Collection

Travelers express astonishment at this museum's near pitch-perfection. The Burrell Collection's glass walls not only encase a variety of objects and artworks, but they also usher in the surrounding woodlands. In the collection, donated by the late millionaire Sir William Burrell, you'll find everything from Chinese ceramics to Rodin sculptures to more than 20 Degas paintings. After you've had your fill of the museum, you can wander around the surrounding Pollok Country Park.

Under normal circumstances, the Burrell Collection can be viewed for free. Travelers highly recommend you take advantage of this steal, saying the museum's variety of art and its milieu are beyond compare. However, in 2018, the museum temporarily closed for a major overhaul and is expected to reopen in the spring of 2021. During the renovation, tourists can visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is hosting a series of free exhibits that highlight different items in the Burrell's collection.

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