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“A great place to go with the kids if it's raining and cold!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of People's Palace and Winter Gardens

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
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US$82.95*
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Glasgow's Must Sees 5-Hour Private Tour
Ranked #23 of 268 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“A great place to go with the kids if it's raining and cold!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

If you are looking for a place to take the kids on a cold, rainy day, then People's Palace and the Winter Gardens is a great place to go for warmth and culture. The People's Palace is a small museum run by Glasgow City Council to show the History of Glasgow and it has many interesting demonstrations, including an example of how a 'single end' flat looked, which was a one-roomed flat in a tenement. The Winter Gardens is a large conservatory which has plants from the Tropics and other warm climates, so it is lovely and warm, but not too hot to be uncomfortable. The Winter Gardens has a café and spacious toilet facilities. There is direct access inside to the People's Palace from the Winter Gardens which is great if it's raining. The People's Palace has Billy Connelly's Banana Boots and a short DVD of some comedy sketches from Glaswegian comedians. Outside opposite the front door of People's Palace, there is a large Victorian fountain which is unique. Hope you enjoy it all!

Visited March 2014
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“well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

Some brilliant exhibitions about the lives of normal working class people and the challenges they have faced in Glasgow. Some of the exhibition space needs refreshing, but this does not distract from the quality of the interpretation of some very interesting artefacts and presentation of oral history. Two weeks later and I am still thinking about some of the issues covered in the People's Palace. It's not too worthy either - there is a lot of fun to be had here too!

Visited April 2014
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“A PALACE WITH A DIFFERENCE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

I have told numerous people of all nationalities to visit this attraction. Its belongs to Glasgow how we used to live UP A CLOSE or as the posh would say a tenement/flat.
You can see the place where the locals went dancing called the Barrowland look at jail wash houses and lots more.
Take yourself into the restaurant for a cup of tea and then pop out to see the Fountain what a display.
Need to know anything just ask the lovely members of staff who will tell you.
See the winter gardens and the buildings outside especially the old Templetons Carpet Factory which was built to resemble the Palace in VENICE

Visited February 2014
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“A museum with a different feel....Winter Gardens a bonus”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 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.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 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, 10 April 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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