Pollok House

Pollok House
Pollok Country Park
2060 Pollokshaws Road
Glasgow
Strathclyde
G43 1AT
Scotland

Website

www.nts.org.uk/Property/Pollok-House/

E-mail

jmurray@nts.org.uk

Telephone

0844 493 2202

Fax

0844 493 2202

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Pollok House
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Pollok House is the ancestral home of the Maxwell family. The present house dates from around 1750 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.
Set within Pollok Country Park, also home to the Burrell Collection, Pollok House's surroundings are a delight to stroll in, perhaps after enjoying a wonderful lunch or afternoon tea in the Edwardian Kitchen Restaurant.
A visit to Pollok House offers a snapshot of life in a country house, yet only minutes away from the city.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Heritage site, Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Daily from 10am-5pm. (last entry 4.30pm)

Closed: 25th & 26th December
1st & 2nd January

Admission charges

April-October £6 for adults £4 for children (for further access charges please check our website).
November-March FREE (special events during these months may incur access charges please check our website)

Additional info

The majority of the property is accessible to wheelchair users. Entrance for disabled persons is in the lower courtyard to the right of the front door. There are disabled parking spaces both in the lower courtyard and at the main door.

The house's beautifully kept gardens, including a collection of over 1,000 species of rhododendrons, are also open to the public. Running through them is the White Cart river, spanned by a bridge built in 1757. Sir William Stirling Maxwell (1818-1878) collected most of the paintings which you can see on display in the house. He became an authority on the art and history of Spain, and published the first reference work in English on the subject. The collection includes works by El Greco (the famous Lady in a Fur Wrap) and Goya, as well as works by the English poet and artist William Blake. Throughout the house paintings were hung formally to complement the proportions and decoration of the interiors. This can be seen in the way the series of Dutch 18th century hunting scenes are incorporated through the use of moulded plaster frames in the Billiard Room.

Sir William's other interests ranged from printmaking to armorial bearings and emblem books, and there are displays of furniture, ceramics, glass and silver. In 1966, the current Pollok House was gifted by Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald to the City of Glasgow, along with its art collection and 361 acres of surrounding parkland. Although the house is open to the public, it is still used as a family home. In 1998, management of Pollok House was transferred by mutual agreement from Glasgow City Council to the National Trust for Scotland.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Religion, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Pollok House

Easter Egg Trail

  • 18 — 21 April 2014

There are Easter egg trails at 45 of our places across Scotland and they’re all completely different – the perfect excuse to try your hand at more than one! Once you’ve completed your eggsploration, visit Mrs Cotton Tail and enjoy some of her story-telling fun!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Pollok-House/Events/All/

photograph of hanging baskets

Flowers through the Ages

  • 14 May 2014 2-4pm

Come along and learn about making Floral arrangements and displays for a Country House. Ticket will include entry to Pollok, tea or coffee and a cream scone.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10.00 per person. Booking essential. Phone 0844 493 2202. Numbers are limited so book early.

Website

http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Pollok-House/Events/All/

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