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“A museum with a different feel....Winter Gardens a bonus”

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
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$86.00*
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Glasgow's Must Sees 5-Hour Private Tour
Ranked #23 of 272 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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Warrington, United Kingdom
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“A museum with a different feel....Winter Gardens a bonus”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

This museum is well worth a visit. It's on Glasgow Green which is on the tour bus route, so easy to get to.
The main topic is Glasgow life, covering for example tenement living, wash houses, holidays down the Clyde, the justice system, Trade Unions, and First and Second World War experiences.
Displays are varied, interesting and uncrowded.
The Winter Gardens are just magnificent, enormous and well stocked with palm trees and tropical plants. It was cold, wet and windy the day we were there so it was a real treat to have lunch in this tropical environment.
Highly recommended.

Visited April 2014
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“Nice piece piece history.”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

This rather interesting and quaint building houses a collection harkening back to Glasgow, indeed Scotland’s, history. It is largely geared to the younger generation depicting scenes of Glasgow in the old days – how people lived, played, and worked over the decades. There are some wonderful re-creations of the old tenement buildings, the shipbuilding eras, and the criminal justice system. One can see the site where those condemned to hang were taken care off in the green outside the museum complex. There is quite a bit of display depicting the crimes resulting in hanging and a recreation of the death row site. Some interactive displays are provided and the youngsters love working with these. It is located on the edge of the Glasgow Green site and accessible as a stop on the tourist bus that circles the city. We were there in early autumn so that the gardens were not in full display but it is located in a lovely grassy and garden area which one would imagine would flourish in summer. Like many such attractions in the UK, entry is free although donations are gratefully accepted. Allow around 1-2 hours for your visit but be careful you time the visit to catch the regular circulating Glasgow 'Hop On- Hop Off' bus.

Visited March 2014
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thepeoplespalace, Administrator at People's Palace and Winter Gardens, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Dear PhilthetravellerXI,

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. Our do exhibitions cover Glasgow’s wonderful and fascinating history from the 1700’s right through to the present day with our current display on the Red Road Flats. The Winter Gardens and the surrounding area of the Glasgow Green is an added attraction for visitors too.

We do hope that if you are back in Glasgow, you will visit again as the museum will be undergoing a phased refurbishment over the next few years and will have new exhibits on display.

Best regards
John Irwin
Administrator
Glasgow Museums
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makati
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“Rose Trials”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

We were lucky to witness and have our pictures taken in an exhibit of flowers and a variety of homegrown vegetables entitled ROSE TRIALS in Winter Gardens It was held on a Saturday and Sunday. The Winter Gardens is adjoining the People's Palace museum, is a magnificent Victorian structure of cast iron and glass. Peony won the Glasgow Evergreen Award, while a variety of red rose was given the Gold medal.
People's Palace on the other hand is the Botanic Gardens with its amazing collection of orchids.

Visited August 2013
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“a wee day out”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

had a nice afternoon tea with my father in law tea and scones brilliant grf8 atmosphere and the winter gardens beautiful

Visited July 2013
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“interesting”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

A very interesting place to visit.The gardens are lovely. There is a lot to see in the People's Palace.

Visited April 2013
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thepeoplespalace, Administrator at People's Palace and Winter Gardens, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Dear Paula F,

Many thanks for your positive review of your visit to the Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens, we do hope that you will visit again soon,

Best regards
John Irwin
Administrator
Glasgow Museums
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