Pollok House, located near Glasgow, is a grand country home set in the beautiful gardens and grounds of Pollok Country Park.
It’s a great place to visit for both the house and the gardens, and because it’s one of the easiest places to see Highland Coos near Glasgow and Edinburgh too!
The History of Pollok House
Pollok House is a historic country house on the outskirts of Glasgow, where the Stirling Maxwell family lived for six centuries.
The main part of the house was constructed in 1752 but added to in the early 20th century. It’s a beautiful example of a grand Georgian country estate, complete with gorgeous gardens and lands that contain over 1000 species of rhododendrons and trees that are hundreds of years old (plus highland coos!).
Pollok Country Park is a great place to visit if you’re travelling with kids in Glasgow or living nearby.
Pollok House itself is an interesting place to visit too. The luxurious upstairs of Pollok House was used by the family. It contains beautiful antique furniture and an extensive and impressive collection of Spanish paintings.
While Pollok House was once an ancestral home, it is now owned by the City of Glasgow and is managed by the National Trust for Scotland, a conservation charity organisation that aims to protect Scotland’s treasures, from properties to lands across the country.
Pollok House actually plays a crucial part in the history of the National Trust for Scotland, with its cedar-panelled smoking room providing the setting for the talks that established the organisation back in 1931.
How to get to Pollok House
Getting to Pollok House is easy if you have a car.
From Glasgow city centre to Pollok House is around 15 minutes drive, making it a great place to visit from Glasgow.
From Edinburgh, it took us about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
If you don’t have a car, it is possible to visit Pollok House by taking the bus for about 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre and then walking for the last 15 minutes.
Would we recommend Pollok House?
The staff at Pollock House seemed to be genuinely enthusiastic about their job and the house.
It was lovely to meet and speak with people who really care about you having a great experience on your visit, and I think they deserve a lot of praise for their work.
Looking for more about Glasgow and Scotland?
- Visit Finnich Glen, featured in the Outlander TV series
- Try these 21 Free Thing to Do in Glasgow
- Check out this Glasgow Weekend Itinerary
- Venture over and explore the hidden gems of Edinburgh.
If you liked it, pin it!Disclaimer: I was provided complimentary access to Pollok House and the escape room in order to try out the experience, but as always, all opinions are my own.