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“smashing insight into old Glasgow” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of People's Palace and Winter Gardens

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
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$83.03*
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Glasgow's Must Sees 5-Hour Private Tour
Ranked #23 of 268 things to do in Glasgow
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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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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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“smashing insight into old Glasgow”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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Diss
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“Deceptively large and encapsulating”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited April 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Great place to visit. Takes in the history of Glasgow along with links to other parts of the world. Have a look at the Wally Dugs in the glass cabinet next to the single end, they were my Great Grannies. Nice winter garden with a cafe for a nice break, loads of room. The souvenir shop has a good selection of books, sweets and other souvenirs. Situated on Glasgow Green and only a short walk to play areas for the kids or just a walk in the park. Well worth a visit and don't forget to leave a decent donation.

Visited February 2013
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“Great place to visit an have lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Interesting place to spend a few hours, had lunch in beautiful surroundings, good choice of food on the menu, good place for taking a camera.

Visited April 2013
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