PARKRUN! Sorry just had to get that out there. I run frequently in Pollok estate as my running partner lives nearby but I've been extolling the virtues of parkrun to anyone who will listen - it's an accurately measured and very well run, completely free 5k which happens every saturday morning, starting at 9.30am. Simply register (once!) at least 24hrs before the first time you run and you will get a barcode to print off. Bring the barcode along to any subsequent race you do and you will get a token at the end which will link your time up to your personal barcode - results are always out by the end of the afternoon. The route is not flat but all they ask in return for your participation is that you volunteer to help out at the event once in a while.
Other than the race route there are lots of nice paths/muddy tracks to run on. If you are somewhat rabbit-esque, it get's nice and dark in the park post-sunset for those head torchy runs. There are also some mountain bike trails (not a huge length of though I don't think) if you're into that sorta thing.
is that all? Nearly forgot the prize attraction - it's all about the heilan' coos. Which there are lots of :)
I'm probably pretty much a lone voice here saying that I don't like Pollock Park. OK, it's got the famous Burrell Collection and the house is beautiful. However, I can make a long list of things I think let it down, for me at least.
First of all, I was kept waiting for such a long time in the cafe (even after being told the waitress wouldn't be much longer) that I gave up eventually and left. The gift shops are geared towards tourists and people with lots of money and there are a lot of beautiful things well displayed to catch the eye. Out of my price range though.
I walked over the whole park, mainly because I got lost. There are scarcely any signs at all anywhere to point you back to the house or car park. As it was early summer I was looking forward to photographing birds and insects, particularly around the pond. I was amazed to find it devoid of any wildlife whatsoever. There wasn't a single duck or damselfly to be seen, no bees that I could find even in the formal gardens. I can only surmise that all the foliage is well sprayed with insecticides.
People say what a quiet haven it is but wherever you go there is still traffic to be heard in the background as you're not that far away from a road.
In short, it's nice to view the Burrell Collection but give me Kelvingrove Park any day for walking and photography.
I really like this park as its massive which is great for dogs ( even big ones as I have two dobermans ) and its very family friendly, I love going their for picnics and going to see the Burrell Collection Museum inside the park - A great place to visit in Glasgow
This is one of my favorite parks to visit when I am in town. The Highland cattle are my favorite and the gardens are absolutely beautiful. We also saw the horses this time which I had not seen previously. Such a beautiful place to spend a hard to come by sunny afternoon in Glasgow.
I do love this park.
Next to the Burrell, or does the Burrell sit in it?
Reason to go - Coos
Big Hairy Camera-Whore Highland Coos.
These Lumbering bastards are anyone's for a photo.
Take a camera even if it has no film in it (does film still exist?)
Point it at a Highland Cow and they will meander over and dump an ungodly number of small bitey things on you (tick,fleas etc.). You have been warned.
They are a hairy bag of creepy crawly things, but bloody lovely to look at though.
This place is just wonderful. A real gem in the Glasgow crown that is more than worth a visit by all.
Whether you want to stroll around the fields, have a look at the "coo's", kick a ball about in the park, have a go on the swings or visit the excellent Burrell collection of art (located within the park), then Pollock Park has it all.
Glasgow is very lucky to have so many beautiful green spaces and Pollock country park has to go down as one of the most serene and explorable ones in its leafy arsenal.
Oh, almost forgot, in addition to all the loveliness, arty, tree like stuff you can also throw your mountain bike, along with yourself, around some nice, but a little tame, tracks which have been purposely built. Great for kids and adults alike, just don't make a pilgrimage here if your an experienced rider..
It was a nice enough day on Saturday there, so me and the other half decided to go and do something with our rare free afternoon off.
I don't regret the effort in going here, as it was a lovely lovely place. I forgot I was in Glasgow for a few hours. I could have been anywhere in the UK.
It's so much bigger than I could have imagined, letting out a faint chuckle when I checked out where I was on one of the maps.
There are cute Highland Cows that instantly made me want Highland Toffee, with some genuinely lush green open spaces to sharpen your senses.
The Burrell Collection was an enjoyable experience and the wee trip gave me a kick overall to perhaps start getting out my bed earlier and seeing the many sights and sounds Glasgow has to offer that I didn't know about.
And that, Yelp, is where you come in!
I will be going back summertime when I can take my bike. It was still a bit frosty on Sat for my liking.
The Pollok Park is fantastic. There is no other way to describe it. Driving into the Pollok Park is like stepping back in time - it really is brilliant.
Wide open green spaces, cosy little corners, lovely scenery and walks, it has everything. This really is the best park in Glasgow and one of the biggest green spaces in Europe. When I was younger I used to moan that there was no play park in the Pollok Park, but this has been resolved now with swings and roundabouts near the Burrell Collection.
The Burrell Collection deserves an entry all of itself. It is a world class art collection hidden away in the middle of a park hidden away in the south side of Glasgow. And it's free!
One of the best parts of the Pollok Park are the allotments. There is a real sense of community here. The open day in September, where everyone displays their proudest vegetables is a real treat. I bought a copy Blade Runner on video at the little jumble sale here for a pound. Amazing!
There are plans afoot to build some kind of monkey swinging experience in the park, but this has caused local outrage and will hopefully not happen - it would perhaps be a bit crass to have something so commercial in one of Glasgow's great treasures.
Pollock Country Park is 100 acres of gorgeousness.
Hosting Pollock House, the old stables, the Burrell Collection, a playpark with a trampoline, highland cows and endless green, it is a sea of calm in the city.
Stretching out over miles, you could easily while away a day if not a weekend in here. Campers often bring their vans into the site and last night I saw an older couple enjoying a cup of tea in their coupe as they watched the world go by. There are woods, woods, woods, with trees so tall they remind me of one of the scenes in House of the Flying Daggers. Only they're not made of bamboo, sorry. Still, they are pretty darn tall.
The Burrell collection has something for all the family, from old heirlooms, ornate plates to maces and swords, the kids can enjoy the weaponry while the adults marvel at the delicate designs of the rugs and upholstery in the old rooms. They also have a lovely cafe which serve up a number of fancy foods as well as the usual.
The kids can go wild running forever, feeling free while you can sit tight in the knowledge that this is a very well supervised, safe area in which they can play. I used to bring kids from the after school club I worked in here, and they had a ball. I did too, and if I told you I'd never ben on the massive trampoline in the play area I would be a liar. This park is Never Never Land meets Jane Austen, and shows the populace or tourists why Glasgow is rightfully called a "Dear Green Place".
The sheer size of Pollock Country Park is almost quite overwhelming, and with a mansion, a museum, acres of greenery and some very fuzzy cows, it surely has to be up there with the might Rouken Glen in the stakes for best Glasgow park.
Even though the tower blocks loom ominously not a million miles away, Pollock's sheer size ensures that on a visit here you do genuinely feel like you're out in the country. It's about four times the size of rivals like Queen's Park and Kelvingrove, and you could keep coming back for years and still find parts you'd never seen before.
I'm not sure if a park could be described as "world class", but with countless awards on the mantlepiece, this one is as good a contender as any.
Pollock Park has been voted one of the best in Europe. It does have an art gallery, a stately home, a mountain bike track, wide open spaces and football pitches, as well as many walks in the forest. It is best enjoyed in autumn, for romantic walks through the fallen leaves- and before the puddles turn to ice or the mud rises above the path!
Recently, a large company proposed putting an adventure trail in the park. That this was greeted with outrage gives some measure of local enthusiasm for this dear, green place.
The Burrell Collection is in the centre of the park, and a courtesy bus will collect you from the train station. It is, however, deep in the south of Glasgow, and not ideal for a quick visit: there isn't' much around the area, apart from the park itself. It is a popular place for local dog-walkers, romantic poets and culture vultures, and on warm weekends, the perfect spot for a picnic, followed by a visit to the museum.
Glasgow has lots of parks, and Pollok Country park is magnificent. Housing Pollok house and the Burrell collection, this park is very special to me as I got married in the amazing pollok House in 2004.
A trip to Pollok park can take a whole day as there is so much to do beside visiting pollok house and the Burrell collection. Children will love seeing the Highland cattle and the horses , and there is a new adventyure playground as well. There are lots of wonderful little trails to walk along and there are cycle paths as well.
Voted best park in Britain 2007 and best park in Europe 2008, this massive green space certainly has a lot to live up to. It is immense in size and as soon as you go in you have absolutely no idea you're in a city, just off a busy main road. It's easy to get lost in and has loads of lively little paths and trails to wander or cycle down. Come any morning and you'll meet people out for a stroll or walking their dogs.
Home to Pollok House and the Burrell Collection, both very impressive in their own right, a trip tp Pollok Park really is a full day trip. Take a picnic and sit by the fast flowing river. Stop to pat the horses at the stables, or go for a ride. Best of all, discover what the park has to offer for yourself. For me, it more than lives up to its accolades.
Glasgow is famous for it's parks and this has to be the ultimate one, its huge and varied while pretty close to the city centre with loads of parking.
At one end is a large wooded area with paved paths and a very muddy mountain bike track while the other end thee are broad green spaces and the Burrell collection a large and varied collection of art and antiques collected by Lord Burrell
This multi tasking pockets of green space features a National Trust for the mansion, the gallery, highland catle, horses, a mountain bike curcuit, woodland gardens and a visitor centre.
For the most peaceful picnic, sit by the white cart water and watch its cascades and diving kingfishers.
This is a peaceful haven in the middle of a bustling city. Lovely country walks along the river, in the kitchen gardens and in the woodland.
There is an old house in Pollok park which is really interesting and perfect for all the family.
The cafe is nice although we found it a bit expensive and it was very busy.
To be honest we just enjoyed walking about and not doing any organised activity.
Pollok Park is a lovely park which has a good mix of open park space and well as things to visit, in particular Pollok House which is an old mansion house and has a very good cafe. There are also stables. There are many easy walks which are well sign posted and provide a good walking area for dogs.
Pollok park is easily accessible by car or the nearby train stations. It is also located right on the cycleway and it can be nice to cycle through the park.
The park also has the Burrell collection which is a must visit attraction for art lovers.
They have highland cows which are just well amazing, the rest of the place is great but the cows are amazing
Near to the back entrance of Pollok Park you'd find the Dumbreck Riding School where my son and daughter both learned the equestrian art. While they were in the saddle, the Administrator and I would walk through the woodland, sometimes stopping in the Burrell for tea, sometimes strolling round by Pollok House.
This large green space is just one of the second city's great parks, it contains fields of highland cattle, a stately house, a major museum and gallery, playing fields, the police sports club, the police dog handling unit, a golf course and the aforementioned riding school as well as several acres of woodland.
A neat way to spend a day in Glasgow is to take the train from Central high level to Pollockshaws West next to the Pollock Park, walk through the woods and out of the rear entrance, then along to the Art Lovers Cafe in Bellahouston Park for lunch.
A stroll back to Dumbreck Station will deliver you to a train and thence to the city centre.
Gorgeous grounds! So many beautiful things to see here. You could come here on any given day and have a different experience. It's equally good for a romantic date or for a picnic with family or a leisurely excursion with friends. I absolutely adore the cows here!
Was one of my favourite places when I lived in Shawlands. Ideal for a couple of laps on the bike
Huge park where you could spend a whole day, with Pollok House and the Burrell Collection major pulls. The grounds of Pollok House within the park are gorgeous. The park itself has a great kids play area which can get very busy on hot days. Not enough seats for adults though!
Another great park on the south side of Glasgow housing the Burrell Collection, Pollok House, a childrens play park and lots of highland cattle. There are some good annual events held here including the Highland Cattle Show and the Pollok Family Dayboth well worth a visit but you may get a little tired of the same duck show and falconer show that tend to be at each one every year (if you keep going). Some mountain bike tracks and walks are here tooand 'Go Ape' is controversially meant to be setting up sometime as well.
Pollok Park, as it's known, is located in the southside of Glasgow and is a lovely location for a stroll, picnic or game of football, weather permitting! Make sure you try the 99p cone from the roving ice cream van. The park has won numerous awards and houses both the Burrell Collection and Pollok House. If you bore of the park itself, Shawlands and Victoria Road are both nearby, with a wealth of restaurants and evening entertainment.
One of my favourite parks, especially in the summer, when the country fair is on. the house itself is beautiful and holds murder mystery dinners, and the grounds are superb. The Burrell collection within the park has some great exhibitions as well.
There is a reason this park was voted best in the UK and then best in Europe. It is. It has a great mix of open space and facilities which can cater for a broad range of outdoor pursuits. Horses, archery, big coos, dogwalking, cycling, sitting and looking at beautiful gardens, wandering off the beaten track are just some of the choices available. Did I mention the children's play area, the Clydesdale horses, the park ranger service, the world famous art collection and a national trust property? Honestly this has to be the best park in the world. And did I tell you about the trees to climb, and the tennis.
This is a really relaxing place to visit. Pollock Country Park is located in the south side of Glasgow and is a nice change from the bustle of the city. The park itself has a nice long drive through the trees passing the fields where you will see some lovely highland cattle if your lucky depending on the time of year you go you may also see a calf. They are really cute and you will find cars going slower as they pass.
The house is not free but it is worth a visit if your into museums, county houses etc. You can go into the house to use the cafe, although expensive it is always busy. There is a small shop as well.
The park itself sits on the river so you will enjoy lots of walks here. The park is also home to the Burrell Collection which is in a different part of the park to the house. The Children will enjoy the adventure playground and if the weather is nice you could probably make a day of it like a lot of others who take a picnic and sit on the grass. A lovely park with something for the whole family.
An oasis of countryside 10 mins from city centre. Miles of walking among forests plus the added attraction of The Burrell Collection and Pollok House. Also has play area for children.
A place not to be missed if visiting Glasgow.
"Deep in the south of Glasgow and not ideal for a quick visit." It's a 9 minute train ride from Central Station to Pollokshaws West station right beside the park entrance. Some of these posters would have you believing they were travelling to Loch Lomond !
i used to love coming here when i was young and it is so close to the city centre that it is worth a visit if you are ever stuck for something to do in glasgow
this park is a small piece of paradise! large park which host all things for young and old! had many good days! watch out for pollok funday usually august time
This park on glasgow's south side recently won an award as best park, it is well deserved, there are acres of woodland, cyclepaths and walkways,The Burrell collection is here (free entry) and a new addition has been a playpark- for up to 12yrs in the Burrell car park area, a good ( but pricy) coffee shop offers a wide range of meals and pleasant views,5 mins walk away is Pollok House ( not free) with access to another coffe shop, with hme baking, and gift shop.Stables where children can touch Clydsdale horses, fields of Highland Cattle, large areas to play football, and generally walk around make this a brilliant place for family days out. For people with mobility problems there is a courtesy bus runs form the entrance to both Burrell and Pollok House.There is ample parking, some free, and there are good bus and train links within 5 mins of park entrance
this is a nice place to visit when the weather is good. there are lots of nice walks and enough parking. we have enjoyed many a picnic by the river and love to see the highland cattle. pollock house has a charge but free to national trust card holders. it is worth a visit i have seen a wedding here too the gardens are lovely. the burrell collection is not far from pollock house and you can park outside it. it is a lovely place to come to and the children enjoy patting the horses and having the freedom to run freely.
Nice place to go for a walk on a nice sunny day in glasgow. Lots of people out walking with dogs etc so think I would feel safe here even on my own. Plenty room for dogs to run about.
Love this place and find something new every time I go. Am a regular visitor with the wee one getting pushed along in the pram. Parking is really reasonable (although hope the money goes direct the park and Burrell Collection rather than the nasty council) and it is really well kept. Lovely views and great nature.
Pollok country park was one of the most beautiful parks I visited in Glasgow. It's a true gem within the city. A great place to picnic or just go for a quiet walk. Also check out glasgow city council website for lots of events all year round.
Pollok Park has a wide variety of activities to suit almost everyone. It won the 2008 European country park of the year award for just this reason. Originally the estate of the wealthy Maxwell family everything is centered around Pollok Country House which has a variety of museum style exhibits. In the summer there are the frankly stunning gardens. There are two golf courses an off road cycle track, play areas for children or miles and miles of forest walks. All of these are well though out easily accessible. Following a major development plan almost all the major paths have been tarmaced so is easily accessible even for the less able bodied.
nice scenary with a feel of the countryside,and a peaceful place for a family day out away from all the hustle and bustle.
really great park and their family day in august always goes down a treat and is so well organised a real pleasure to go to
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