People’s Palace and Winter Gardens Glasgow

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People’s Palace and Winter Gardens – Social history

In the East End but at a walking distance from the City center lies one of my favorite museums. The People’s Palace stands at the edge of Glasgow Green, one of the oldest public outdoor spaces of the City. It is a must-see if you want to understand Glasgow’s social history and background. Like many museums in Scotland, it is free.

Opened in 1898, it is home to a collection of photographs, films, and objects which relates the people’s story and the City’s development, from the 18th century to the late 20th century, from Tobacco Lords to Trade Unions. You can learn a lot about the Glaswegian experience of home, work, and leisure throughout the years!

The adjacent Victorian glasshouse has a wide variety of tropical plants and I find it to be a perfect evergreen warm oasis in the city on a rainy or wintery day. There, you can sit in the cafe and enjoy a coffee or a snack after a visit to the museum.

When you leave, don’t miss the Doulton Fountain outside the Palace, and the beautiful multi-colored façade of the iconic Templeton’s former carpet factory (which is based on the Doge’s Palace of Venice). The latter is now home to the friendly West Beer Brewery which makes and serves its own artisan beers but also organizes tours.

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Templeton Street, Glasgow

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Mon - Thu & Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Fri & Sun 13:00 - 17:00


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)