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People's Palace and Winter Gardens

Glasgow Green, Glasgow G40 1AT, Scotland
0141 276 0788
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Ranked #28 of 127 Attractions in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The People's Palace and Winter Gardens, set in historic Glasgow Green, the oldest public space in the city, tells the story of Glasgow and its people from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. Adjacent to the People's Palace is the extravagant and recently restored Doulton Fountain, unveiled in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.
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Albany, New York
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Extremely well done - housed in awe-inspiring edifice (with a huge statue of Queen Victoria outside) is this museum that shows real life in Glasgow for the past decade - it is a tribute to the people of Glasgow- lots of exhibits showing how every day people lived, and their determination to do the best with what they had. Deserving... More

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Anseong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The staff have put a great amount of effort into this museum. There was a great variety in aspects of life in Glasgow through history. You can read about WWI and II, alcohol, steamies, food, tenements, etc. There is really almost too much to read in just an afternoon. It's great that it is free because you can visit as... More

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London, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Demotic, popular history of 'the people': if you're tempted by the sentimental romanticised 'Celtic mist' view of Scottish history this is a bracing antidote - sometimes depressing, other times uplifting - but unfailingly fascinating and moving. Beautiful building, lovely setting....make this a priority for your visit to Glasgow.

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I had a nice exhibition of Glasgow history and some interesting facts about life in different centuries and eras. I personally like a lot the part of the life during world war. It is very interactive and there are some models of houses and rooms from ancient times. It is not too big which is good when you are visiting... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Visited again last weekend. My second visit in 9 months. What a wonderful place. You drift back in times so often during your visit. Wonderful place to share memories with your children.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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203 reviews 203 reviews
134 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We stopped here on our HOHO bus tour of Glasgow and were pleasantly surprised by the interesting and well presented displays.. especially enjoyed hearing the stories related by the residents of the tenements. The Winter Gardens were pleasant for a walk round as well, well worth stopping off, and like all of Glasgows museums its free

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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40 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The museum of Glasgow and its history was informative, interesting and well laid out. Can't believe that so few Glaswegians lacked decent washing and toilet facilities until relatively recently. Even my husband found this interesting. I liked the Shakespeare themed tiles in the bathroom too. The Winter Gardens is lovely but the plants need to be better maintained - could... More

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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

What a great place this is, if your looking for a place in our wet Glasgow! Parking good, it has a café and there plenty to see and just chill out. Met here for a business meeting as great location and when finished just stayed and enjoyed coffee and all the facilities. Andy top tip- If your a tourist to... More

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

Set along the Glasgow Green the actual place is really nice but the cafe is overpriced considering the quality of the food and din't expect to "grab a quick bite" without waiting at least half an hour for a sandwich. Really nice venue but come on..

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Brisbane, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

What an amazing place to visit. So interesting to learn about and to see how Glasgow was, so many years ago. A beautiful building complimented by an amazing fountain outside, a statue of Queen Victoria perched atop looking down on you! The Peoples Palace is like a mini museum showcasing everything from Billy Connelly's banana shaped 'wellies', as worn by... More

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