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“Swindon's visit to my home city.”

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
Ranked #41 of 339 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Having been born in this wonderful city in the early 50's and leaving in the late 50's, and going back frequently since the 90', I thought it was time to visit this place. I was back in Glasgow to celebrate my 60th birthday where I was born. Well what a surprise we had from the hustle and bustle of a large metrpolis to the tranqil peace and quiet of Glasgow Green. What really impressed me upon arrival was the truly magnifcent fountain with Queen Victoria as the centre attraction with statues of someone from each of Britain's colonies. The museum is free to enter and is best entered round the side of the building, where you walk right into the Winter Gardens, what a wonderfull relaxing feel the gardens had. You have a choice to walk around and look at the plants and trees or have a cuppa at the cafe and wonder at the beauty of it all. Once finished you then enter the main building and learn how tough life was in this city growing up in the tenements (as I did). There were interactive displays, film clips. Pictures on the walls all over the place. The layout of a single end kitchenette, really lots of history to be learnt.

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Reviewed September 7, 2013

This was an afternoon visit. As We entered the winter gardens through the museum which was precipitated by a lovely sunlit glass house with beautiful flowers, foliage I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful fountain standing outside the museum with queen Victoria at the top reflecting Britain's colonies. The museum showed the spirit of the working class of Glasgow and their lives and suffering and their triumphs in picture words and video. Although I had vaguely heard about te trade unions and their work I had not been presented with this detail. The signage to the museum. Could improve.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This museum was quite a surprise to me. I didn't expect it to be so good, and having the Winter Gardens, it made the place one of the most memorable things of my visit to Glasgow.

You can learn so much about life in Scotland and how it used to be 50 or more years ago. It's so amazing, to learn about their houses, and the problems they had, the forms of entertainment, looking at the small jail they have with stories that can be audible. It's a mix between interactive and text/displays.

Thank kaseymitsuri
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Loved the green house. So many species of plants. The museum tells us about Glasgow life in yesteryears. Very informative for children to learn about their city .

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

If you want to investigate the social history of Glasgow, then get yourself into the Peoples Palace in Glasgow Green. Its a great place to take the kids on a wet Sunday afternoon....and its educational as well. Dont forget to take a wall around the terracotta fountain just outside the Peoples Palace. You cant miss it....its huge !!

Thank Scottish21
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