People's Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow

4.3
#6 of 35 in Museums in Glasgow
Originally opened in 1898 as a recreation space and museum, since the 1940s, People's Palace and Winter Gardens has been a museum for the social history of Glasgow. Inside the Victorian architecture, you'll find the stories of the city's people from 1750 to present day. Explore the winter gardens, where lush foliage thrives all year long protected from the damp weather outside. The main building's interior commemorates Glasgow's history in murals and panels. For example, the domed ceiling displays a series of panels by Ken Currie depicting the Calton Weavers’ Massacre of 1787. Outside you'll find the Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world. Use our Glasgow travel planner to visit People's Palace and Winter Gardens on your trip to Glasgow, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • What a lovely old building . The large greenhouse holds some plants. The museum itself is interesting and everything was free!!! The terracotta fountain in the gardens is the largest in the world . Th...  more »
  • We have enjoyed visiting the People's Palace in years gone by. Today we came with our parents and baby for lunch. We ordered fish and chips. We moved tables because the rain was dripping in onto our o...  more »
  • There is the fascinating collection of artefacts, tea in the glass house and lovely walks. A good way of discovering some local history!  more »
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  • I would say that its really a very nice place for coffee/ food whatever you choose its a family place great atmosphere plenty to let children see that's why I've gave it 5stars .
  • Nice display of plants. Nice cafe in the glass house. Interesting museum. Large terracotta fountain outside. Well worth a look.
  • Terrific and well worth a visit. The museum was very interesting. . Food served in the cafeteria is reasonably priced.
  • A great little museum that focuses on the people of Glasgow, the exhibits are mainly from the last two hundred years and touch the turbulent history of Britain's second biggest city. It doesn't take long to visit but it leaves you with a sense of place and time and some understanding about why Glasgow became known as Red Clydeside in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution. Afterwards you can sit in the gardens of the Winter Gardens and enjoy coffee or tea.
  • Second best museum in Glasgow behind Kelvingrove. A really lovely look at the history of Glasgow and the people who made it. Often has great local exhibitions on too. Enjoy a bite to eat in the awesome botanical gardens after your trip round. Make sure to check out the terracotta fountain outside that celebrates the British empire. Bit in pc in bits nowadays world but nice to see a living piece of history.

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