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“A Jane Austen Experience...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pollok House

Pollok House
Ranked #54 of 268 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“A Jane Austen Experience...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Personally, I love Pollok House. I love stately homes, Downton Abbey and Jane Austen novels and this house is a chance to see what it was to live as Glasgow aristocracy. The grounds are beautiful and if you're lucky to get a nice day you can walk for hours around the estate. The house itself is interesting. When you go in the main door you pay (I think around £5) to see the two upper floors. They are fancy and nicely decorated and tell the story of the family who owned the house. The downstairs floor in the house would have been the servants quarters and you can go downstairs for free. While a few of the rooms are intact downstairs also houses a gift shop and a little cafe in what would have been the scullery.
I don't know if I would recommend the house for children, as it might be a bit boring for them and it is not a very interactive place. But for anyone a bit older who loves the charm of the 18th and 19th centuries Pollok House should not be missed!

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Kellyjaneliz
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“Scone all wrong!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

What has happened to the scones at Pollok House cafe? They used to use the old, classic 'Dough School' recipe and were totally delicious - all buttery and crisp with a good salty taste. I went today and was so disappointed. The scones have maybe been frozen then defrosted before being served? Pale and completely tasteless, like eating old cardboard.

Visited May 2014
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“Rude staff and a pretty dull house”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

When we arrived and showed our National Trust passes, one of them wouldn't scan and the woman at the desk was so rude to try and blame us and say there was something wrong with our passes. After us, we saw her tell a family that there was a queue for the café so they should therefore not bother coming in. There was in fact no queue at the café and hardly any tables were taken. Upstairs, one of the wardens started rambling on about the house, despite us saying we'd been before. We proceeded to move off but he caught up with us and kept going on. He gave us scornful looks when we kept seeing him as we had moved around the house quicker than he clearly deemed suitable for taking it all in! It is a great shame that the kitchen is now less part of the exhibits and instead a working café. Much of the downstairs seemed to be closed off and marked as private; you used to be able to look into the rooms. Not worth bothering.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank George M
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“An old house in Pollok Park”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

This impressive-looking building resides within Pollok Park on the south side of Glasgow. There are essentially two floors to explore plus a basement shop and café. There’s quite a bit of Spanish-influenced artwork on show. Helpful staff are on hand to answer any questions or to point out interesting facts and features about the property.

Visited April 2014
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“The restaurant is great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Got there bang on opening and the staff were not quite prepared and it took a while to get checked in. We went straight to the restaurant for breakfast. The restaurant is in the old kitchen. It's a real treat, huge room, beautifully appointed and set out with tables and chairs( with cushions).
Jimmy, who welcomed us was an asset and chatted to us as we chose our food. My husband had the Scottish breakfast, which, despite a valiant effort, he could not finish. I has smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, really good! This set us up for a tour of the house which is really interesting. Full of paintings, mostly portraits, including a creepy one of a baby at the top of the stairs! They were preparing for a wedding but guides were friendly and informative. Watch the video if you have time, it explains a lot about the inhabitants and their ancestors! My only regret was 'lady in a fur wrap' portrait wasn't there. It had been loaned abroad. This means well have to come again!

Visited April 2014
1 Thank ElaineHicks
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