Allan Dreghorn, 1752; Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, 1888-1908
Category A Listed
Above stairs, the lavish family rooms are packed full of period furniture and details, as well as the UK’s finest collection of Spanish art. Below stairs the vast servants’ quarters show the realities of running a country house.
Pollok House is the ancestral home of the Maxwell family. The present house dates from around 1752 and contains one of the finest collections of Spanish art in the United Kingdom together with furniture and furnishings appropriate to an Edwardian country house.
It is remarkable that a country house like Pollok House has survived, as it is within 15 minutes’ drive of central Glasgow. The tranquility of its surroundings allows visitors to enjoy the beauty and benefits of the countryside without travelling outside the city.
The National Trust for Scotland’s aim is to present the House as a living house and home. The House is presented broadly as it would have been around 1930 when all the major changes had been made to the property. The Maxwell family lived in the house until 1966 when it was gifted to the City of Glasgow by Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald. Originally opened as a City Museum, it was passed to the Trust in 1998, who now manage the property on behalf of Glasgow City Council. Since the Trust became involved, the House and contents have been redisplayed to create a more lived-in feel.
Expert volunteer guides are on hand to answer any questions and provide more information on the different rooms and the collection in the House. There is a children’s I-Spy quiz available.
The Servant’s Quarters of the House now boast a wonderful Gift Shop and Food Shop along with the award winning The Kitchen Restaurant which has an extensive menu to cater for all tastes and dietary requirements.
Part of the Childrens Programme:
Friendly guides are always on hand to entertain children (and adults alike!) with stories about the house’s contents and inhabitants. An I Spy sheet is available from the Front Desk the aim being to match the magnified corners of artwork and objects to the pictures and objects you see throughout the House.
Outside, you’re spoilt for choice. Pollok House is set in the middle of Pollok Country Park, which is the perfect place for young explorers to roam in the woods, splash about next to the river or swing in the adventure playground. Make sure you take them to visit the Clydesdale horses that live at the nearby old stable courtyard, stopping to say hello to the Highland cattle on the way.
Hosting a Lids Open Day
Number in Brochure: 79
Sun 10am 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Restrictions on Access: Whilst baby back carriers are not admitted in main House they are allowed in basement servants’ quarters. Buggies/pushchairs are not permitted in the main house but are allowed in basement servants’ quarters and garden. There is a buggy park available in the servant’s quarters for pushchairs and junior bikes. Our Gun room is temporarily closed.
Limited Disabled Access
Blue badge parking is available in the car park at the front of Pollok House. Additional parking is available in the lower courtyard on the West side of the house through the archway. This limited parking area is the closest to our accessible entrance. Please use the circular bell on the right hand side of the double brown doors. We aim to answer as quickly as possible. However it is advisable to call 0844 493 2202 if we cannot meet our aim. Should both car parks be full there is extra parking in The Riverside Car Park further on west of the House. Please also note there are cobbles leading from the main car park to the accessible entrance. Cobbles can cause people using mobility equipment discomfort. Inside the house there is an additional needs toilet at the accessible entrance. From the accessible entrance in The Servant’s Quarters you can freely visit The Kitchen Restaurant, The Gun Room (temporarily closed), The China Closet, The Dry Goods Store and The Still Room Food Shop. There is a platform lift for you to enjoy further shopping in The Gift Shop. Just to make you aware the safe working load is one person in a wheelchair at a combined weight of 150kg (330lbs). This generally is not suitable for motorised chairs. There is a wheelchair available on site. From this level there is a lift to take you to the main floor of the house.
Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Pollokshaws West
Parking: Car Park Available On-Site Free of Charge
The Car Park at the front of the House can be used with additional parking available in the Car Park known as the Riverside Car Park to the right of the House.
0141 616 6410