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About Pollok House
A grand country house near Glasgow city centre, Pollok House is Scotland’s answer to Downton Abbey and gives a real taste of upstairs/downstairs life in the 1930s.
Above stairs, the lavish family rooms are packed full of period furniture and furnishings, as well as the UK’s finest collection of Spanish art, including paintings by El Greco, Goya and Murillo.
Below stairs the vast servants’ quarters show the realities of running a country house.
Set in the scenic surroundings of Pollok Country Park, which is also home to the Burrell Collection, Pollok House is an enjoyable, educational and entertaining day out for all the family.
After enjoying a wonderful lunch or afternoon tea in our Edwardian Kitchen Restaurant you may wish to take a stroll in Pollok House's delightful surroundings set within Pollok Country Park, which is also home to the Burrell Collection just a 10-minute walk away.
There’s plenty of family fun to be had at Pollok House, upstairs and down, inside and out. Friendly guides are always on hand to entertain them with stories about the house’s contents and inhabitants.
Or pick up an I Spy sheet from reception and the figurines hidden in rooms throughout the house, from the governess to the scullery maid. To get an “I Found Polly Sticker” see if you can find where she is hiding too.
Outside, you’re spoilt for choice. Pollok House is set in the middle of Pollok Country Park, which is the perfect place for young explorers to yomp in the woods, splash about next to the river or swing in the adventure playground.
Make sure you take them to visit the Clydesdale horses that live at the nearby old stable courtyard, stopping to say hello to the Highland cattle on the way.
And if the sun’s shining, why not stock up on snacks from the food shop at the house and have a picnic in the park?
• Children’s quizzes
• Children’s lunches
• Baby changing facilities
• Suitable for picnics in park
• Baby back carriers not admitted in main House but allowed in basement servants’ quarters
• Storage for pushchairs
• Pushchairs allowed in basement servants’ quarters and garden only
• Adventure playground in the park administered by Glasgow City Council
• Buggy park for prams and junior bikes
• Special events are held throughout the year including activities for families.
A gift shop and bookshop are situated in the original housekeeper’s sitting room and bedroom.
A food shop can be found in the original Still Room (where cordials, jams and jellies were made, and baking was done separately from the Kitchen).
The Edwardian Kitchen Restaurant
The award-winning Edwardian Kitchen Restaurant serves breakfast, teas, coffees, cakes and scones between 10am - 12pm.
The lunch menu is served between 12pm-3pm. From 3pm to last orders a selection of teas, coffees and cakes are available.
It is advisable to book in advance.
Enjoy freshly made food which specialises in contemporary Scottish cuisine in the heart of Pollokshaws, Glasgow.
Our fully-licensed restaurant offers the following and more:
• Delicious home-baking
• Afternoon tea
• Seasonal produce
• Local ingredients
• Private functions
• Mouth-watering menus
• Children’s menu
• Delicious vegetarian options.
The main restaurant holds 60 covers, with additional space for 30 in the Tea Garden (weather/staffing permitting).
There is also space for 50 in the Servants’ Hall which is available for special events or for group hires.
To book your table call 0844 493 2202
Functions, Private Events & Corporate Events
Pollok House offers spacious and elegant surroundings for champagne receptions, cocktail parties and gala dinners. With an exceptional art collection and a Steinway concert grand piano, the Pavilion Library is also ideal for recitals and concerts.
With excellent facilities for meetings and presentations, Pollok House is a versatile venue for both day and evening events. The picturesque country park and gardens offer delegates a chance to relax between meetings and enjoy a breath of fresh air. Facilities include private parking and a fully licensed restaurant.
Within Pollok House, civil, religious and humanist ceremonies are held in the Pavilion Library, probably the finest twentieth-century library in Scotland. Framed by Ionic columns and adorned by some of Pollok's most treasured paintings, the Library also houses a Steinway concert grand piano, which can be played to entertain guests and welcome the bride down the aisle. From the Library, French doors open on to the elaborately designed Parterre Garden, ideal for photographs, celebratory drinks or simply a relaxing stroll before dinner.
Ample parking is provided in front of the House and at the side in the Riverside car park. On busy days additional parking is available at the Burrell car park, about a third of a mile away.
Parking: Blue badge parking is available in the car park at the front of Pollok House. Additional parking is available in the lower courtyard on the West side of the house through the archway.
This limited parking area is the closest to our accessible entrance. Please use the circular bell on the right hand side of the double brown doors.
We aim to answer as quickly as possible. However it is advisable to call 0141 440 7900 if we cannot meet our aim. Should both car parks be full there is extra parking in The Riverside Car Park further on west of the House.
Please also note there are cobbles leading from the main car park to the accessible entrance. Cobbles can cause people using mobility equipment discomfort.
Inside the house there is an additional needs toilet at the accessible entrance. From the accessible entrance in The Servant’s Quarters you can freely visit The Kitchen Restaurant, The Gun Room (temporarily closed), The China Closet, The Dry Goods Store and The Still Room Food Shop.
There is a platform lift for you to enjoy further shopping in The Gift Shop. Just to make you aware the safe working load is one person in a wheelchair at a combined weight of 150kg (330lbs). This generally is not suitable for motorised chairs.
From this level there is a lift to take you to the main floor of the house. We are sorry that this lift is temporarily not in service. Please accept our sincerest apologies whilst we endeavour to rectify the issue.
An adapted toilet is available.
Shops: Gift, book and food shops fully accessible.
Restaurant and tearoom: Fully accessible
Grounds: Fully accessible
A wheelchair is available.
Large-print room guides are available from reception.
Talking books are located around the House giving all visitors further information.
Explanatory text: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, Urdu