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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.

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.


Pre-booking

We have set up a pre-booking system so that we avoid overcrowding at Pollok House and ensure physical distancing.

If you do not pre-book, we cannot guarantee entry to the house and may not be able to accommodate your visit.

Book your time slot to arrive at Pollok House

Please arrive promptly for your allocated time slot as we have to adhere to strict timings for safety reasons.


Garlands & Gifts

Thursday 3 December

Join us at our special shopping event for your chance to have a first look at Pollok House decorated for Christmas, while you browse all the goodies by our unique Scottish suppliers.

To spread some Christmas cheer, you can enjoy 20% off or more on all our stock at this event only.

Tickets must be booked to help us control our numbers for health and safety reasons.

Find out more and book your ticket


A Letter to Mrs Claus at Pollok House

Friday 4–Wednesday 23 December

Visit Pollok House this Christmas for a truly unique experience, full of festive family fun. Write your letter to Mrs Claus and bring it along to our beautiful house, where we’ll help you magically send your Christmas wishes all the way to the North Pole. You never know, Mrs Claus may even have left you an extra special gift!

Enjoy our wonderful Christmas decorations as you follow our festive trail and learn all about the Christmas traditions we still know and love today.

Please note that pre-booking is essential.

Book your ticket today


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

Lunch served 12.00–15.00. Christmas closure: 25, 26, 31 Dec & 1, 2 Jan

1 Jan–19 Mar, daily, 10.00–17.00 (last orders 16.30) 20 Mar–4 Sep, closed 5 Sep–20 Nov, daily, 10.00–16.00 (last orders 15.30) Current period21 Nov–11 Dec, closed 12 Dec–31 Dec, daily, 10.00–16.00 (last orders 15.30)
Upper House & Shop

Christmas closures: 25, 26, 31 Dec & 1, 2, 6–10 Jan

1 Jan–19 Mar, daily*, 10.00–17.00 (last admission 16.30) 20 Mar–9 Sep, closed 10 Sep–20 Nov, Thurs–Mon, 10.00–16.00 (last admission 15.30) Current period21 Nov–11 Dec, closed 12 Dec–31 Dec, Thurs–Mon, 10.00–16.00 (last admission 15.30)
Garden & Country Park

Current periodOpen all year, daily

Entry prices

Pollok House
Adult
£7.50
Family
£18.50
One adult family
£12.50
Concession
£5.50

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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