Pollok Country Park

Pollok Park - Highland Cattle

The Park is Glasgow's largest park and the only Country Park within Glasgow. Its extensive woodlands and gardens provide a quiet sanctuary for both visitors and wildlife.

Pollok Country Park

The Park is rich in rural history formerly being part of the Old Pollok Estate and ancestral home to the Maxwell Family. The Park is also home to the world famous Burrell Collection.

Location

Pollok Country Park
2060 Pollokshaws Road
Glasgow
G43

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The Park is located in the south west of the city just 3 miles from the city centre. It is bounded to the South by the White Cart Water, North by Dumbreck Road and East by Haggs Road and Pollokshaws Road. The main access to the park is via the Pollokshaws Road entrance. Pedestrian access is also available from Dumbreck Road and from the Glasgow to Irvine Cycle Way from Corkerhill.

Pollok Country Park - Forthcoming Events
To find out what events are taking place at Pollok Country Park in the months ahead check out our Pollok Events guide.
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Behind the Scenes at Pollok Country Park

Tuesday 12th of March
Thursday 21st of March
10.30 am - 11.30 am
Free Event: To book phone 0141 636 6920

Pollok Behind the Scenes
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Britain's and Europe's Best Park Awards

Pollok Country Park has been voted the Best Park in Britain 2007, and Europe's Best Park 2008.
This adds to a clutch of accolades the City's parks have already attracted including the Botanic Gardens winning best park, in Scotland in 2006, and Auchinlea the Scottish Best Park Award in 2005.
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Opening Times

The Park is open at all times, however the specific facilities within the park are subject to opening times.

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Facilities, History, Travel, Contact Details

Size

146 Hectares (361 Acres)



Outstanding Features

  • The Walled Garden contains many features of interest to gardeners of all ages. Mature yew hedges section the garden into compartments containing seasonal bedding, collections of plants such as Hosta's, Fuschia's and herbaceous displays, which are complimented by the displays within the adjacent glasshouses.
  • Woodland garden with its woodland walk is accessed via the Library Garden at Pollok House. The garden contains many Rhododendron cultivars and species reflecting the deep interest of Sir John Stirling Maxwell in the subject. Sir John was not only a plant collector but also a Rhododendron breeder and expert. He named many of the Pollok bred cultivars after his friends and acquaintances.

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Facilities

The Park Ranger Service is on hand to assist the public and ensure a safe enjoyable visit and is patrolled regularly both on foot and using mobile patrols.

Also within the parks grounds you can find
  • Burrell Collection
  • Pollok House
    • Note. Restaurant facilities are available at both the Burrell Collection and at Pollok House

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Local Facilities

  • Public toilets
    • Old Stable Courtyard
    • Burrell Collection
  • Public telephone
    • Burrell Collection

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Events in the Park

There are a wide variety of events throughout the year in the park ranging from the annual Pollok Family Day (fun for all the family with face painting, farmers market and heavy horses to name but a few) to the more leisurely Countryside Ranger events such as Pond Dipping, Wild Flower Planting, Woodland Fair and Ghostly Goings On and in September you can see City of Glasgow International Highland Cattle Show.

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History

This magnificent countryside park with its superb walled gardens and woodland walks was once part of the Old Pollok estate and was the ancestral home of the Maxwell Family for seven centuries.
The parkland and house was gifted to the City of Glasgow in 1966 by the Maxwell Family along with the remainder of the estate being used for farming and recreation, particularly golf.

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  • The Park has been the site of three castles
    • The first a wooden structure dating back to 1160 which was located on the banks of the White Cart Water
    • The second was a fortified tower with a moat and drawbridge and was built around 1270 by the first Maxwell on high ground where the woodland garden in now located
    • Around 1500 it was replaced by a new castle named Nether Pollok Castle built on the banks of the river where the Old Stable Courtyard now stands
      This castle was destroyed by fire in 1882 and the area was cleared and the stable courtyard built
  • Pollok House was built in 1752 and this became the family's main residence
    • Pollok House is regarded by many to be an example of one of Glasgow's most elegant family homes
    • It was built by successive generations of the Maxwell family, which are known to have lived at Pollok since 1269
    • It is believed that this fine example of a country house is the fourth residence of the Maxwell family to be built here since its establishment in the 13th century

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Travel

  • Train - You can catch a train from Central Station to Pollokshaws West Railway Station, which is a 2 minute walk from the park entrance
  • Bus - Various routes operate from the city centre to Pollokshaws Road
  • Car - From the M77 exit at junction 1 or 2 and follow the signs for the Burrell Collection.
    Parking is available at Pollok House and the Burrell Collection.
  • Walking - Access is available via the Burrell Walkway from Dumbreck Road or from Pollokshaws Road and Corkerhill Road.
  • Cycling - The park forms part of the Glasgow to Irvine and Ardrossan National Cycle Routes (Nos 7 and 75)


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Contact Details

Land and Environmental Services General Enquiries
Phone: 0141 287 5064
E-mail: les@glasgow.gov.uk

Pollok Country Park
Phone: 0141 276 0924

Livestock Enquires
Phone: 0141 636 6920

Pollok House
Phone: 0141 616 6410

Burrell Collection
Phone: 0141 287 2550

Public Transport Journey Information
Traveline Scotland
Phone: 0871 200 22 33

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