Open

Most of our places are now open. Find a place to visit near you.

Back to places
Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

Pollok House

A grand country house in the heart of Glasgow with an impressive collection of Spanish art

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to Pollok House – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.

Please be aware that for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and employees in our hospitality venues, we will record the name and contact details of everyone who enters in order to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the venue around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. We are obliged to process this data to comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020. Please see our Data Protection page for further information.

Further to this, in National Trust for Scotland non-hospitality settings, where there is either a pre-booking system in place or there is the potential for close contact (eg in some of our smaller properties), we will ask visitors to provide limited contact information. This is for the purposes of managing the number of visitors and also to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. For further information, please see our Data Protection page.


Pre-booking

We’ve set up a pre-booking system to make your tour around the house easier and safer. Ticket numbers are capped each day, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. No more than 6 people will be permitted per half hour time slot. In accordance with government guidelines, booking groups should contain no more than two household groups.

We would also advise checking government guidelines on travel restrictions before booking your visit to the house.

We strongly advise that you pre-book before travelling. If you do not pre-book, we cannot guarantee entry to the house and you may be turned away.

Book your tour time for Pollok House


Pushchairs and baby back carriers are allowed in the basement and garden only. Storage for pushchairs is available.

For conservation reasons a number of paintings have been removed from Pollok House. These can be viewed by appointment at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre by contacting museums@glasgowlife.org.uk.

For more information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us, we can be contacted by email: pollokhouse@nts.org.uk or telephone 0141 616 6410.

Facilities & access

There are cobbles and a short slope leading from the main car park to the accessible entrance, located in the lower courtyard. Please call 0141 616 6410 to inform staff that you are waiting.

Visitor reviews of accessibility can be found on the Euan’s Guide website here.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Accessible parking is normally available in the lower courtyard on the west side of the house. Please note that the accessible car park is currently closed due to essential maintenance. Visitors are encouraged to park in the Riverside car park and the accessible entrance can be accessed by foot/wheelchair (however, please also be advised that the route to the accessible entrance from the Riverside is slightly uneven due to the maintenance works). We apologise for any inconvenience.

Accessible toilet
Baby changing

Refuel in the Edwardian Kitchen café and enjoy delicious soups, cakes and the Trust’s signature scones.

A children’s quiz is available.

There is also a playground nearby in the country park (not National Trust for Scotland).

Coach parking
Highchair

Parking is available behind the house and in car parks around Pollok Country Park.

Parking is free for members of the National Trust for Scotland.

Picnics

Take a wander round Pollok House’s upper floors for a fascinating insight into the upper-class Edwardian lifestyle. The luxurious family rooms are packed full of period furniture and artefacts; the library was designed to hold 7,000 books. A vast art collection was amassed by Sir William Stirling Maxwell, including an extraordinary number of Spanish paintings and portraits of the Habsburg rulers. You can also admire the unfinished portrait of Sir John Maxwell, started in 1822 and thought to be Raeburn’s last painting.

Venture below stairs and a labyrinth of tiled passageways is an eye-opener to the scale of work it took to run this house. At its heyday, Pollok had 48 members of staff to look after just 3 residents.

Some of the servants’ rooms in the basement corridor now house shops selling books, gifts and food.

Toilet

There are riverside and woodland walks in the surrounding country park.

  • From the accessible entrance you can visit the Edwardian Kitchen café, the china closet and the dry goods store. There’s also an accessible toilet.
  • There’s a platform lift to the gift shop. This is generally not suitable for motorised chairs. From this level there’s a lift to take you to the main floor of the house.
  • The first floor of the house is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The temporary exhibition gallery, currently showing Cornelia Parker: One Day This Glass Will Break, is not wheelchair accessible.

Opening times

Tearoom

11 Jan–3 Mar, closed Current period4 Mar–31 Dec, daily, 10.00–16.00 (last orders 15.30)
Upper House & Shop

Last entry to the house at 16.30

1 Jan–29 Apr, closed Current period30 Apr–31 Oct, Thurs–Mon, 10.00–17.00 (last entry 16.30) 1 Nov–28 Feb 2022, Thurs–Mon, 10.00–16.00 (last admission 15.30)
Garden & Country Park

Current periodOpen all year, daily

Entry prices

Pollok House
Adult
£8.50
Family
£20.50
One adult family
£14.00
Concession
£6.00

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50

There are

100

ways we're loving and protecting Scotland

Read more