Pollok Country Park

The park is Glasgow’s largest park and the only Country Park within Glasgow. Its extensive woodlands and gardens provide a quiet sanctuary for both visitors and wildlife. The only country park in Glasgow city & home to the historic Pollok House & gardens plus extensive mature woodlands including well known heritage tree ‘The Pollok Beech’. 3 circular mountain bike trails to suit all levels; easily reached by bike too. Plus permanent orienteering course.

Far from the urban turmoil, amid the Pollok Country Park, this museum gathers millionaire Sir William Burrell’s art collection, bequest to the city of Glasgow in 1944.  A 15-minutes drive from the centre of Glasgow, the Pollok Country Park invites you to a journey through time and civilisations. The first work you will admire is the museum in itself. Built in 1970 by English architect Garry Basson, it plays the card of transparency. This modern building of glass and bricks lies at the centre of an immense lawn. Each room is bathed in light and highlights the sumptuous Burrell collection, full of Egyptian sculptures, Chinese ceramics and jewels from Ancient Greece.
Wander with delight through the Hutton room, a reconstruction of the inner rooms of William Burrell’s castle decorated in both gothic and baroque styles. Stop at the spaces devoted to 19th and 20th centuries’ artists, where you’ll find works by Degas and Cézanne – regarding the latter, you should not miss the Chateau de Medan. You will also have multiple occasions to admire Rodin’s sculptures, in particular a version of his Thinker.

The park is rich in rural history formerly being part of the Old Pollok Estate and ancestral home to the Maxwell Family. The park is also home to the world famous Burrell Collection. Pollok Country Park has been successful in achieving a Green Flag Award in 2016. This has been retained every year since 2012. The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for quality parks and green spaces. Please note: The main archway entrance to the Courtyard at Pollok Country Park is currently closed to pedestrian and vehicle access. There is currently no access to the Courtyard at Pollok Country Park via the main archway entrance. Signage will be put in place to identify the alternative pedestrian route into the courtyard itself – we regret that this route is not fully accessible due to uneven surfacing. There is currently no public cars permitted into the park at weekends.

Glasgow Multi-Entry Multi-Directional Visitors Guide © Simon Newbound

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