Your journey through this region’s history might begin in the 1760s at Greenbank Garden in Clarkston, now a bustling suburb of Glasgow. The house and garden were built from the lucrative profits of a Glasgow tobacco lord, but today the walled garden boasts year-round displays of plants and flowers – a real urban oasis.
Some 50 years later, David Livingstone was born into a family of mill workers in the village of Blantyre, to the south-east of Glasgow. The famous explorer’s incredible life and work is celebrated in a museum housed in the tenement where he lived as a child.
Get a hands-on insight into the work of a 19th-century handloom weaver.
Another part of Scotland’s industrial heritage, from around the same time, can be found at Weaver’s Cottage in Kilbarchan. This hands-on museum gives an insight into the work of a 19th-century handloom weaver.
Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson was making a name for himself as an eminent Scottish architect in the mid-1800s, and Holmwood has been acclaimed as his greatest domestic design. The grand villa in Glasgow’s South Side pays homage to Thomson’s love of the ancient Grecian style, and today is part of an ongoing conservation project by the Trust.
In 1890, Sir John Stirling Maxwell, a founder member of the NTS, commissioned another acclaimed architect, Robert Rowand Anderson, to extend the 18th-century Pollok House. This stately home gives a fascinating insight into the upstairs/downstairs life of the early 20th century.
The residence of shorthand typist and ‘independent woman’ Miss Agnes Toward has been preserved as if it were the early 1900s at the Tenement House in Glasgow. This time capsule attraction reveals a treasure trove of everyday items owned by ordinary Glaswegians.
Meet the animals and take a tractor ride at the National Museum of Rural Life.
The end of your historical tour of Glasgow takes you to Wester Kittochside and the National Museum of Rural Life. This working farm is run as it was in the 1950s and offers families a chance to meet the animals, take a tractor ride and explore the farming museum.