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.
18 thoughts on “Visiting Pollok House, Glasgow: A Historic Estate Worth Visiting”
I have never been to an escape room but If I were to try one I think this one would be the right one for me. I have a few friends that live in Glasgow and I will have to let them know about this and see if next time I am in town for a visit we can plan a trip here. I love when the staff of a place really enjoys their job it makes the experience so much better.
I’d recommend it! It was difficult but you can get help and it was a really fun one to do because of the setting. I hope you do go! I was seriously impressed with the staff. They were great!
First off, let me tell you how cool this tour is! I love visiting old houses and castles and knowing about the history of those who once lived there. There is a sense of creepy feeling to it, but the curiosity often gets the better of you!
It was actually so much fun! Having an escape room in a location like that made it even better 🙂
I’ve never tried an escape room before! I’m not sure how much I’d like it…I’m not big on suspense and just laugh the whole time out of stress. Kudos to getting 2nd on the leaderboard! It must have been so much fun and easy to get into character with a setting as beautiful as this. I’d love to visit and walk around the grounds, especially with staff as awesome as you say they are!
Haha well you never know until you try I guess! It depends a lot on your team I think :). Luckily mine were awesome!!! Pollok House is worth the visit regardless, as it’s a really beautiful area.
This looks like so much fun, I’ve never tried these escape rooms! Pollok House looks like a fun place to try it too – did it ever get difficult at any time? I’ve never been to Glasgow or heard of Pollok House, so thank you for bringing it to my attention!
There were times when we had no idea what we were doing but you just keep working at it and try and sometimes something will suddenly click! If you’re really stuck you can ask for help as well through a walkie talkie 🙂
I’ve never tried out an escape room, but I’ve heard everyone raving about them. I love the concept of this one, though, how its set in such a historic building and that the theme is in line with the venue.
They have become very popular recently! I love the concept of this one too though 😀
I have never been to an escape room. But as a Prison Break lover I would definitely dig it. We have some escape houses in Amsterdam but not as beautiful as this one. Thanks for the blog?
It sounds like you would definitely enjoy it! I wasn’t sure about it but I had a great time at both of the ones I have been to!
I’ve never tried Escape room, but heard so many interesting stories about it! I would love to try one day. It’s interesting to know the history of the house as well.
I’d really recommend them! This one in particular was a lot of fun 🙂
The escape rooms in my area (Washington DC) are all nothing like this! I love how there’s one in a historical building as the Pollok House. I would definitely take part in this, seems like an awesome experience!
I loved how it was a totally different setting to other escape rooms I’ve been to or seen in random older buildings!
I totally love historicaal places as there will be a beautiful story hidden in the walls. This palce looks one of those which make me plan a trip just to see it <3 Thanks for sharing this with us
You’re welcome! It was definitely an interesting place to visit 🙂