Pollok Country Park

Pollok Country Park
2060 Pollokshaws Road
Glasgow
G43

Phone: 0141 276 0924

Admission:  Free

Opening hours:  The park is open at all times.  However facilities within the park may be subject to different opening times.

Voted the Best Park in Britain in 2007, and Europe’s Best Park in 2008, Pollok Country Park really is well worth a visit.

Pollok Country Park is Glasgow’s largest park, and the only country park within Glasgow.  Pollok Country Park has extensive woodlands and gardens, providing a quiet sanctuary for both visitors and wildlife; a bit of rural life within the city.

The Park is rich in rural history formerly being part of the Old Pollok Estate and ancestral home to the Maxwell Family, and is also home to the world famous Burrell Collection.  It has been the site of 3 castles, the oldest of which dates back to 1160.

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.

  • Clydesdale horses:  Clydesdale horses originated in the Lanarkshire area of Scotland and were bred for their power and stamina.  They were originally used as a source of power; pulling carts to deliver goods and transport people, uplift rubbish, and doing the work of tractors.  But now working horses are no longer required, and Clydesdales have become a rare breed.  Pollok park is home to Baron, Duke and TJ.  To find out more about Glasgow’s magnificent Clydesdale Horses, visit the Glasgow City Council website.
  • Old stable courtyard and sawmill
  • Walled gardens
  • Highland cattle:  Visit the home of Glasgow City Council’s award winning pedigree fold of Highland Cattle.  The herd of Highland Cattle numbers close to 100, and can be seen grazing in the fields in Pollok Country Park.  Click here to find out more.
  • Play park
  • Countryside Ranger Centre
  • Themed trails:  Discover the hidden delights of Pollok Country Park with the 2 themed trails: the food trail (highlights include the Wildlife Garden, avenue of lime trees and china closet) and the wood trail (highlights include pollock beech, wooden sculpture of a highland cow and wych elm chairs).  For more information and to download trail guides visit the Glasgow City Council website.
  • Orienteering course
  • Glasgow mountain bike circuit:  A real mountain biking experience within the city of Glasgow.  There are 3 individual circuits for riders of differing skill levels.  The separate circuits are linked, so riders can move with ease between circuits of different levels.  For more information and to find out the routes of each circuit, follow this link.
  • Parkrun:  Glasgow Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5K around Pollok Park.  It takes place every Saturday at 9.30am.  To take part you must register in advance.  For more information and to register visit the Park run website.
  • Riverside walks
  • Wildlife garden
  • Woodland walks
  • Public toilets:  Present in the Old Stable Courtyard and in Burrell Collection.
  • Public telephone:  Present in Burrell Collection.
  • Picnic areas
  • Restaurant facilities:  Present in Burrell Collection and Pollock House.

Burrell Collection

As Glasgow’s most extensive and diverse museum, the Burrell Collection is well worth a visit.  The award-winning building contains an internationally famous collection of art in the beautiful Pollok Country Park.  Bequeathed to the city by Shipping magnate Sir William Burrell in 1944, the collection includes paintings by Rembrant, Cézanne, Bellini and Sisley.  For more information read our Burrell Collection article.

Pollok House

Regarded by many as one of Glasgow’s most elegant family homes, Pollok house was built by successive generations of the Maxwell family who are known to have lived at Pollok since 1269.  The current house is an impressive 18th century mansion, filled with beautiful collections of Spanish art, antique furniture and ceramics, and an extensive library.  For more information visit the Pollok House website.

Events in the park

Pollok Park hosts various events throughout the year, including Pollok Family Day and the City of Glasgow Highland Cattle Show.  To find out what is on in the park visit our events page.

How to get to Pollok Country Park

  • 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.
  • Shuttle Bus:  There is a shuttle bus service which operates at selected times from the Pollokshaws Road entrance to Pollok House and the Burrell Collection.  Contact the Park directly for further details.
  • 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 (No.’s 7 and 75).
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