This is a quick post about one of my favourite places in Glasgow: Pollok Park. We’ve just had a trip to Pollok Park on 19 May and I know some of you couldn’t go because it was full. But don’t worry! The great thing about Pollok Park is that it’s really easy to get to, so you can easily go yourself. If you want to find out how, just read on!
The train is the easiest way. From Glasgow Central Station the park is only two stops. The station you’ll need is Pollokshaws West. From Pollokshaws West it’s a short walk to the main entrance of the park.
See a map of the park and the station here: Map of Pollok Park
And here’s a link to National Rail enquiries, so you can check the train times:
The trains run very regularly (every ten minutes or so), so you should have no problem at all getting there.
Things to do
The best thing about the park is exploring on foot. There are lots of easy walking routes to follow. You can walk along the river (and the see the ducks), visit the stables (and see the horses) or take a walk along one of the Woodland Trails (see picture below).
If you want to go inside Pollok House, you will have to pay. It’s £7.50 (£5.50 I think with a student card). Here’s a link to the website if you would like to read some more information about the house: Pollok House Website
The gardens outside the house, however, are completely free to enter and there are lots of paths to explore.
You can also relax in the walled gardens.
And don’t forget to say hello to the fairies in the fairy village.
You can also see the highland cows in the fields around the park. See the Woodland Trail map above for the best places.
Places to Eat
There are not too many places to eat in the park so it might be a good idea to take your own lunch. There is an outdoor café near the picnic area. There is also a cafe in Pollok House. You don’t have to buy a ticket to the house to visit the cafe, but it can be a little expensive, so you may want to take your own food.
Another option if you don’t mind a walk is to go to Shawlands and visit a café. Shawlands is an area of shops and restaurants about twenty-five minutes’ walk from the park. There are lots of places to choose from. Two of my favourites are:
Click on the link for the walking route from the park:
However, if you don’t want to walk to Shawlands, you can get the bus from Pollokshaws Road. It’s just by the main entrance to the park. Just turn left when you come out of the main entrance and you’ll see it. You’ll need the number 57 or 57a bus. Just ask the driver for a ticket to Shawlands Cross.
From the park you can return to Glasgow Central station from Pollokshaws West. If you go to Shawlands, however, the best station will be Crossmyloof. This is on the same line as Pollokshaws West (it’s one stop closer to Glasgow Central), so you will be able to use your return ticket from here too. Check on the map above: you’ll see both stations on it.
If you go to Pollok Park, please post your pictures to the Facebook group and let everyone know what an amazing time you had!