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“A must!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of People's Palace and Winter Gardens

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
Glasgow Green, Glasgow G40 1AT, Scotland
0141 276 0788
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Ranked #40 of 377 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We certainly enjoyed visiting the People's Palace. The displays are all dedicated to the story of Glasgow's people. Well put together with such a variety of displays including - the importance of 'The Barrowlands' dance hall to the people of Glasgow through the years, an interesting display about the Glasgow 'Steamies', Tennement life and the Buttercup Dairy. You won't regret a visit here which will enhance your understanding of life in Glasgow.

Visited April 2013
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“Glad we went”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

Had a great time, lots of interesting Scottish history and lovely cafe. All staff very friendly. Particularly liked the old displays

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“smashing insight into old Glasgow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

It is very well done and it is a great place to learn about life in the war time and post war Glasgow and for that matter any town in Scotland up to the 60`s or 70`s. There is a cafe in a giant greenhouse which is very pleasant to sit in.
It is quicker to walk from Argyle street due to the one way system our taxi took ages and we were quicker walking back to the center.

Visited April 2013
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“Really informative and well presented.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is a free museum attached to a splendid Victorian glasshouse on Glasgow Green. There is a cafe in the winter gardens - great on a wet day.

The museum relates Glasgow's recent past, from the wealthy to the poor. The exhibits are beautifully arranged and informative, with proper descriptions at all times. You will leave with a real feel for how daily life was in this high-density city.

There is no glossing over of Glasgow's poverty and other problems either, but the whole thing is charming, evocative, and thought - provoking.

I'd recommend this place to everyone.

Visited March 2013
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“Deceptively large and encapsulating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The free museum is split over two floors and has easy-to-digest information and displays about various aspects of life in Glasgow over the last couple of centuries years. Features include the war, wash houses, dancing at Barrowlands, holidaying on the Firth of Clyde and crime & corporal punishment. Upstairs there is a section about the Red Road flats with insights from the actual residents. Also on display are Billy Connolly's famous banana boots!

There is a large winter garden at the rear of the palace along with a tea room. Nice and warm on a cold day. The palace is not open on Mondays.

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