Pollok Country Park is one of the places you need to visit if you ever find yourself in the City of Glasgow. Situated on the outskirts of the city, just 3 miles from the city centre, the park is a 146-hectare country park. It was originally part of the old Pollok Estate that was the ancestral home of the Maxwell family for over 700 years. However, in 1966 the park, along with Pollok House, was gifted to Glasgow Corporation by Dame Anne Maxwell-Macdonald on the condition it remains a public park.
Pollok House is a stunning architectural feat that can be found nestled in the middle of Pollok Country Park - note the M for Maxwell carved onto the building! You can walk or drive through the park to get there. If you follow the signs that are dotted throughout the park you will be able to find Pollok House which is looked after by the National Trust for Scotland. The main part of the house that visitors can see today was built in the 18th century, and in my opinion, will make any visitor feel like they’ve just been transported either straight onto the set of Bridgerton, or into any Jane Austen novel!
Pollok House also has an extensive garden as well as stables a sawmill and a stone arch bridge which can be found at the back of the property. The bridge was built over the river ‘White Cart Water’ and leads to the house.
The park is such a scenic place to visit. The grounds are beautifully looked after, and there are so many opportunities to explore whilst here. In the park, there are three mountain bike trails, as well as woodland walks you can go on alone or with friends and family. However, you can get lost quite easily when walking beyond the well-maintained pathways while delving into the wooded areas of the estate. I’m not ashamed to admit I have gotten lost once or twice too! Despite the signage which is dotted across the park as well as the fact I have grown up in Glasgow and have visited Pollok house and the park regularly. Nevertheless, don’t let the prospect of getting lost discourage you, as that’s when you often stumble across the most interesting things!
The picture above is something I captured last time I was lost when walking in the wooded areas of the park. To me, it looked like a mid-sized cave that had been dug into a hill and now has what looks like a metal railing to secure the entrance. I have no clue why it was built, or if it has ever been used, or even for what it could be used for, but I did not expect to come across this during my visit!
The Park is also home to the Burrell collection – the signs will direct you to the collection - which holds objects from across Europe and Asia. It can be regarded as being one of the largest art collections acquired by one individual over time, consisting of more than 8,000 objects. However, the collection is closed for refurbishment and is due to open back up sometime in 2021.
There will be something for anyone to do in Pollok Country Park. If for nothing else, go for the highland cows that can also be found in the park – these photogenic friends will be a highlight for anyone’s trip!
Pollok Country Park is open to visitors 24h. On weekdays parking is available behind the house and in car parks around Pollok Country Park. Currently, cars are not permitted in the park over the weekend so there may be some difficulty finding parking. Additionally, specific facilities such as Pollok House and the Burrell Collection are subject to opening times and there may also be fees to visit said facilities. Do check before planning your trip! The most up to date entrance prices for Pollok House are the following: Adult- £8.50, Family £20.50, and One adult and family -£14.00. Just visiting Pollok Gardens and the Country Park is completely free.
If you would like to find out more before you plan your trip you can do so through the following websites.
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Sehar is Currently working as a Public Engagement Coordinator for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. She has a background in heritage education as well as public engagement and completed her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Glasgow.