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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.


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.

We strongly advise that you pre-book before travelling. Without a booking, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your visit.

Book your tour time for Pollok House

Parking

From Monday 7 March, Glasgow City Council have introduced parking charges in Pollok Country Park. National Trust for Scotland members visiting Pollok House can continue to park for free at the Riverside car park, which is adjacent to the property.

However, members need to go to reception at Pollok House and show their membership card in order to receive a special parking ticket to display in the windscreen of their vehicle. Existing arrangements for vehicles displaying Blue Badges remain.

Free parking for members is not available at the Pollok Park main car park beside the Burrell Collection. Here, charges apply 10am–6pm, Monday to Sunday – £2.50 for 4 hours or £4.50 for all day.


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
Bike route
Buggy access

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.

Glasgow City Council have introduced parking charges in Pollok Country Park. National Trust for Scotland members visiting Pollok House are able to park for free at the Riverside car park, which is adjacent to the property.

However, members need to go to reception at Pollok House and show their membership card in order to receive a special parking ticket to display in the windscreen of their vehicle. Existing arrangements for vehicles displaying Blue Badges remain.

Free parking for members is not available at the Pollok Park main car park beside the Burrell Collection. Here, charges apply 10am-6pm, Monday to Sunday - £2.50 for 4 hours or £4.50 for all day.

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.

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 is not wheelchair accessible.

Opening times

Tearoom

Current period3 Jan–30 Dec, daily, 10.00–16.00 (last orders 15.30)
Main house

Please note the house will be closed on Sat 25 June for a private function.

3 Jan–9 Mar, Fri–Sun, 10.00–16.00 (last entry 15.30) 10 Mar–31 Mar, Thu–Mon, 10.00–16.00 (last entry 15.30) Current period1 Apr–31 Oct, daily, 10.00–16.30 (last entry 16.00) 1 Nov–24 Dec, Fri–Sun, 10.00–16.00 (last entry 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