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Key Info

2060 Pollokshaws Rd.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.4

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  • 5.0Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Comprising about 360 acres, Pollok Country Park makes for a peaceful retreat – one that is peppered with grazing Highland cattle, formal gardens and long expanses of unadulterated Scottish greens. Among its highlights are the Pollok House – a Georgian Mansion built between 1747 and 1752 for a Scottish politician and philanthropist – and the Library and Parterre Garden, which feature clipped hedges, decorative ironwork and intricate flowerbed designs. The park is also home to the Burrell Collection – an art museum currently closed for renovations until 2021.

According to recent travelers, visiting the park is like going to the countryside – but without leaving the city. Runners and dog walkers in particular enjoy the park.

Pollok Country Park sits in the southwestern area of the city, about 3 miles from the city center. Several rail stations surround the park, including Pollokshaws West. There is no fee to enter the park, which is open 24/7. The Pollok House does charge an admission fee. For more information, visit the Glasgow City Council 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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