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“Well worth a visit”

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
Ranked #41 of 338 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 January 7, 2014

Arrived after 10 am and had a coffee with cake first,have to say the coffee was poor and so was the scone(heated in microwave),however not a major issue and this review is about the attraction itself not the cafe.
We really enjoyed browsing the exhibits which show different aspects of glasgow history, ranging from how people lived to the war to an exibition about the red road flats plus more. We found the displays visually actractive and would say it is well worthwhile visiting.
Takes around 30-40 minutes to get round and read all the facts about exhibits.
I will say this may not be everyones idea of an intersting museum and we have two boys and both thought they would be bored if they had been with us.
If you like a bit of Glasgow history then this is well worth it and it is only a ten minute walk into Glasgow town center and Merchant city with lots of cafes and restaurants after you have visited.

Thank greyfriarsbobby1
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

It is one of it's kind I suppose this working class museum which highlights the working class history in the city. From old prisons to ballrooms and strikes are here to see. Basicly from the beginning of 20 century if I remember correctly. Important and good and situated nicely with the winter gardens which hosts a nice café.

2  Thank Mattsaman
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect but I certainly wasn't disappointed. The conservatory cafe was amazing as were the coffee and cake. Some really interesting exhibits.

1  Thank Janice M
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

Spent a very interesting few hours at the People's Palace and Winter Gardens with my husband and granddaughter. We hadn't been there for a number of years and we were most impressed with the exhibitions and detailed information of Glasgow's past history. Brought back memories of the 40s and 50s! Lunch in the restaurant was very good and would certainly recommend this to any visitors to the city

1  Thank Dorothy W
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thepeoplespalace, Administrator at People's Palace and Winter Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2013

Dear Dorothy W,

Many thanks for your very positive review on the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens. It has been an iconic landmark on Glasgow Green since 1898. We do hope that you will visit again in the near future as the museum will be undergoing a phased refurbishment over the next few years and will have new exhibits on display. I will also pass on your kind comments about the restaurant to the catering manager.

Best regards

John Irwin
Administrator
Glasgow Museums

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Just had a really interesting visit to the Peoples Palace.The winter gardens were looking very festive with the planting of masses of red poinsettias and colourful primulas. We were lucky to catch the exhibition of paintings by the Strathclyde later learning club.The standard was very good. The exhibitions on Glasgow life during the wars was very well displayed with voice overs from Glasgow residents. We also enjoyed the exhibition on the Red Road high rise flats which are now mostly demolished. With the problems of high rise living there were also plenty of positive experiences from ex residents.We had lunch in the restaurant which was tasty and a fair price.A good visit for locals and visitors from further afield.

Thank Sally M
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thepeoplespalace, Administrator at People's Palace and Winter Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2013

Dear Sally M,

Thank you very much for your wonderful comments about your visit to the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens. The Gardens are a wonderful place to escape Glasgow’s wintery weather as many of the plants within require a tropical climate.

The Red Road Flats exhibition has been well received by visitors and it is a response to the rise and fall of a series of social housing flats that were iconic fixtures on the Glasgow skyline for over 50 years. They were also once Europe’s tallest structures at 89 m or 292 feet.

I will also pass on your kind comments to the Restaurant manager.

Best regards

John Irwin
Administrator
Glasgow Museums

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