People's Palace and Winter Gardens

People's Palace and Winter Gardens

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Dave C
    Illinois1,681 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Working Person's Museum
    Free museum that shares the history of Glasgow, basically from the perspective of the working man. Sure, we do learn that Glasgow has the world's 3rd oldest subway system - yet a lot is geared around the jobs people had, the lifestyles throughout history, the impact of war, housing, and the neighborhoods. Took me about 45 minutes to do all 3 floors. I mainly read and experienced vs. hands-on. Better for adults than kids.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Terry W
    Hamilton, Canada148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learning about the history of Glasgow.
    Went to see the famous banana boots worn by Billy Connelly. Pleasantly surprised at all the other exhibits displayed as well. Nice little cafe at the museum to get a coffee an empire cookie. Learned more about life in Glasgow than I knew before.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Thomas R
    35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique museum covering the history of the regular people of Glasgow.
    Interesting museum focusing on the history of regular people living in Glasgow. Their struggles and joys and efforts to improve their lives. Of course, it can only scratch the surface, but enough of an overview to help you understand the unique history of this amazing city. Free of charge and worth an hour or two of your time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Elle
    Glasgow, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place in glasgow
    Really great place. Helpful staff and a nice little day out. Billy Connolly’s big banana boots are the highlight of the place. Been multiple times over the past 15 years as a little girl. Good memories made here.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 January 2024
  • Julie D
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ww2 trip with 49 10 and 11 year olds
    I visited with a class today 49 kids for a ww2 topic . Just over half of the kids have had fun exploring and looking around but just under half of the kids weren’t to keen . Considering it was a museum school, trip I think the people palace done a great job for a school trip !
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 18 February 2024
  • GlennA946
    Whitehaven, United Kingdom255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic museum
    The People's Palace, set in the beautful location of Glasgow Green, is probably the best museum if you want to find out about the social history of Glasgow. I was very impressed with this Victorian building and the three floors that tell you the social history of Glasgow from the 18th century to the present day. In particular, I was impressed with the section devoted to housing in Glasgow and the terrible conditions poorer people had to endure well into the last century, where families could be crammed into three rooms in a tenement block. Also the mock up of a tenement from early last century is really impressive and an older lady told me she grew up in something similar in The Gorbals. On a lighter note, the section devoted to Barrowlands Ballroom, the legendary dance hall and live music venue is great to see as it traces the building's history from the era of jitterbugging in the 1940s to the more modern live music venue. ( If you want to visit Barrowlands for real, it's about ten minutes walk from The People's Palace). Another display I found interesting was one devoted to trade unionist Jimmy Reid, who led a work in at a shipyard threatened with closure in 1971 and helped save thousands of jobs in Glasgow, and is still considered a legend in the city. I would say The People's Palace is one of the finest museums I have visited, and it's free, although there is a suggested donation of £5. The museum is about 20 minutes walk from the two main stations, but does have a regular bus service from the city centre.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 March 2024
  • Pauline S
    Hereford, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Although we visited with the intention of seeing the Billy Connelly portraits that are not there any more, we had a lovely morning. The museum really captures the feeling of Glasgow in times gone by with lots of exhibits, photographs and staged areas. There was a temporary photo exhibition of images taken by a photographic group in 1951. Absolutely fabulous. Staff very welcoming, cafe nice. And Billy's banana boots are still there in a glass case!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 March 2024
  • Anonymous
    159 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting exhibitions
    A visit to People's Palace is a great way to spend a couple of hours and gain an interesting and insightful look into the history of Glasgow. Plenty of engaging information and artefacts throughout the museum, including Billy Connolly's famous banana shoes! A must visit for anyone interested in learning about the life and history of Scotland's largest city.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 April 2024
  • Andrew I
    Glasgow, United Kingdom30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Glasgow Gem
    Decided to visit here before it shut down for a major refurbishment. Can't believe it took me so long to get there. What a gem it was. A great history of Glasgow and the people of the city. Hard to think what was the best exhibit, but seeing Billy Connollys banana boots and the opportunity to have a picture with them was my favourite. Spent a good couple of hours there, and could have taken longer to go round it. Finished it off with a visit to the coffee shop which was reasonably priced, although the choice of sandwiches could have been better. Free parking nearby was also a bonus.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2024
  • Cammy S
    Hamilton, United Kingdom176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day out.
    We had a brilliant day out seeing this stunning building. Plenty to wander around inside and great for history. Shame that it is closing its doors for four years due to refurbishment. Definitely would highly recommend it well worth another visit when it opens up again.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2024
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The People’s Palace is set in historic Glasgow Green, which is the oldest public space in Glasgow. It is home to a collection of objects, photographs, prints and film which give a unique view into how Glaswegians lived, worked and played in years gone by to the present day.

At the time of its construction, the East End of Glasgow was one of the most unhealthy and overcrowded parts of the city, and the People's Palace was intended to provide a cultural centre for the people. At the opening ceremony Lord Rosebery stated: "A palace of pleasure and imagination around which the people may place their affections and which may give them a home on which their memory may rest". He declared the building "Open to the people for ever and ever".

Sadly, that hasn’t been the case and the building and adjoining Winter Gardens have been closed on and off for some considerable time. While there is some debate as to the future of the wonderful glass house that houses the Winter Garden, the People’s palace still functions as a museum, albeit that it is currently closed – I assume re the Coronavirus.

Notwithstanding the fact that you cannot enter these iconic buildings, they are still worth a visit to view the magnificent architecture. You should also look at the stunning Doulton Fountain, which stands outside.
Written 7 August 2020
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lasourisOxford
oxford5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Lovely museum to learn about the history of real people who have contributed to social progress rather than looking at kings and queens portraits. Not too big so ideal for families with young children or for people with reduced mobility. Friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommended.
Written 18 February 2020
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GlennA946
Whitehaven, UK255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The People's Palace, set in the beautful location of Glasgow Green, is probably the best museum if you want to find out about the social history of Glasgow. I was very impressed with this Victorian building and the three floors that tell you the social history of Glasgow from the 18th century to the present day.

In particular, I was impressed with the section devoted to housing in Glasgow and the terrible conditions poorer people had to endure well into the last century, where families could be crammed into three rooms in a tenement block. Also the mock up of a tenement from early last century is really impressive and an older lady told me she grew up in something similar in The Gorbals.

On a lighter note, the section devoted to Barrowlands Ballroom, the legendary dance hall and live music venue is great to see as it traces the building's history from the era of jitterbugging in the 1940s to the more modern live music venue. ( If you want to visit Barrowlands for real, it's about ten minutes walk from The People's Palace).

Another display I found interesting was one devoted to trade unionist Jimmy Reid, who led a work in at a shipyard threatened with closure in 1971 and helped save thousands of jobs in Glasgow, and is still considered a legend in the city.

I would say The People's Palace is one of the finest museums I have visited, and it's free, although there is a suggested donation of £5. The museum is about 20 minutes walk from the two main stations, but does have a regular bus service from the city centre.
Written 18 March 2024
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Emma W
Auckland, New Zealand728 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The Peoples Palace is an impressive building which houses a free museum focusing on the social history of Glasgow.

Some of the exhibitions are dated but it was still interesting to learn about single end's and steamie's.

Our favourite part was seeing the Doulton Fountain in front of the Peoples Palace, the largest terracotta fountain in the world.

The selection at the cafe was very uninspiring so we left to have lunch somewhere else and unfortunately did not visit the glasshouse
Written 22 February 2020
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lizzy21
Ardrossan, UK1,815 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Came here today with my family my son is a massive still game fan so this place was iconic for him to see especially in the glass dome however that’s now completely closed the full of the gardens is closed and left to wreck and ruins so had a very disappointed son. It also said it was open online so came as a shock when we got there. The car parking is a nightmare too. The inside of the museum part is good and informative and also free so handy to pass a small amount of time with the kids it also offers a small cafe. We done the full building/tour in under 15 minutes. The large water fountain is beautiful and worth a look at. I’m still disappointed not too see inside the gardens as this was one of the main reasons we came here.
Written 19 July 2023
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Polisgirl
Polis, Cyprus679 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a very relaxed and entertaining museum. It is full of excellent exhibits on everything from tenement living to local celebrities. When we were there we enjoyed a photography exhibit about live in Glasgow in 1955. Also one about Benny Lynch the boxer. Like most museums in Glasgow it is free. The Winter Gardens next door are closed at the moment so it is just the museum. It also had an excellent gift shop. Worth an hour if you're exploring this area of the city.
Written 14 April 2020
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is an interesting museum set in the middle of a wonderful park. The inside of this museum presents Glasgow's culture and history.
Interesting exhibitions showing life in Scotland in the distant centuries.
Although it is small, there's much to be seen. Well maintained and really friendly staff. It is a great place to take kids. Nice cafe and gift shop on site. Really nice place to enjoy the afternoon.
Written 9 October 2020
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Chris R
Southampton, UK11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
There were lots of interesting artefacts and visual displays in this lovely building. The park that surrounds it is a great open space, adjoining a worthwhile river walk which allows a chance to see some old bridges and new developments.

However, we went away from the museum depressed and deflated as the accompanying text seemed to only want to talk about the negative aspects. For every segment of the museum’s displays, whether it be housing, pregnancy, jobs, being a teenager, alcohol, or whatever it was all about problems and challenges.

I accept Glasgow has had its problems, as has every. Surely a better way is to share what things used to be like and how the city has improved housing, how showers and baths are now in buildings that never had them, how health services are improved. Can there not be some celebration of local heroes who have changed things.

I get the sense that there is a lot the city is struggling with, and blaming the past rather than a can-do attitude to the future is a local mind-set. Mind you, if you build a motorway through the middle of your city what do you expect…

Why have other cities faced their history and challenges with a much more positive spirit? I gather the museum is to be refurbished shortly; this could be a good time to think about the image portrayed.
Written 4 September 2022
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vickiebypass
Stamford, CT297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Took a bus to People’s Palace at around noon. It’s in a large park called Glasgow Green and in front of the building is the Doulton fountain which is the largest terra-cotta fountain in the world. Built in the 1870s, it celebrates Victoria and the empire; she’s at the top and there are four sides with a man and woman representing the four areas of the empire: South Africa, India, Canada & Australia. A classic of its type.

The museum is free and a perfect size. Two floors (the top floor is closed due to roof damage). Appealing variety of themes they used for exhibitions: drinking; World War II; prisons and executions; the steamie (communal laundry); dancing at Barrowlands dance hall; and more. Saw an Andersen air shelter which I’ve read about but had never actually seen; corrugated steel like a beehive, very small inside. Interesting video about tenements and the bustling life of tenements and all the people in each building. Very helpful museum staff.
Written 24 May 2022
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516rachela
Glasgow, UK134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We weren't able to stay long so just looked around the museum rather than the gardens, great excuse to return another day! They seem to have worked hard to make exhibits engaging for both adults and children and there's plenty of interest to see and learn about. Chilled vibe and the children were free to interact and enjoy the experience. A fun museum!
Written 11 September 2022
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