People's Palace & Winter Gardens Tours
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Set within the city’s oldest park, historic Glasgow Green, the fascinating People’s Palace documents the social history of Glasgow, recounting tales of city life from 1750 through to the 20th century. Adjoining the red sandstone Victorian museum building is the Winter Gardens, a Victorian-era greenhouse packed with tropical plants.
The People’s Palace is one of the best places to get a real sense of life in Scotland’s biggest city and to find out what makes its people tick. Objects, photographs, films, and prints document everything from tenement life to wartime living. The People’s Palace and Glasgow Green are often included on private tours of the city. Glasgow hop-on hop-off tour buses typically stop near the museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The People’s Palace & Winter Gardens are a must for history buffs and plant lovers.
- A café is located within the greenhouse and free Wi-Fi is available.
- The People’s Palace & Winter Gardens are accessible to wheelchair users, with ramps providing access to the entrance and elevators providing access between the floors.
How to Get There
The People’s Palace & Winter Gardens are set within Glasgow Green, a large riverside public park. Take the subway to Enoch station and walk along Argyle Street. Alternatively, make the 15-minute walk from Argyle Street, Bellgrove, or High Street train station.
When to Get There
The museum and greenhouse are popular among families, and therefore are busiest on weekends and during school vacations, with summer proving to be a particularly busy time. Go early to get in ahead of the crowds.
What to See at the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens
Among the highlights of the history museum exhibits are Scottish comedian Billy Connolly’s banana boots and a mural by Scottish artist Ken Currie depicting the life of Glasgow’s working classes. Also worth checking out is the grand Doulton Fountain, an elaborate terra-cotta fountain honoring the British Empire located outside the entrance, and the glasshouse, where exotic palms, cacti, and orchids thrive in the hot environment.
Address: Glasgow Green, Glasgow G401, Scotland
8 Tours and Activities to Experience People's Palace & Winter Gardens
Go Glasgow sightseeing by open-top double-decker bus on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. Discover the lively, cosmopolitan city at your own pace; listen to recorded commentary and hop off at several strategically placed stops to explore Glasgow. Bus tickets are valid for one or two consecutive calendar days.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
With just one day in Glasgow, a private tour will ensure you check off all the highlights without feeling rushed by a fixed tour itinerary. On this half-day tour, see the People’s Palace, GoMA, and the Necropolis; admire landmarks such as the Glasgow Cathedral, the Duke of Wellington statue, and Mercat Cross; and get a taste of local life as you stroll around George Square, Glasgow Green, and Buchanan street.
Board a vintage bus for a driving tour of Glasgow complete with afternoon tea. See the city’s top attractions including the West End and Glasgow University while snacking on sandwiches, scones, and cupcakes. Sip tea, coffee, or wine as the bus rolls through the streets of Glasgow. Several departure times allow you to explore the city on your own schedule.
The Discover Glasgow full day tour allows you to discover the city at your own speed. You will discover the city an air conditioned executive Mercedes Benz. The tour combines all of Glasgow's most famous attractions along with some hidden gems. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local driver/ guide who will be able to give background information to the attractions and answer any of your questions. The tour is very informal and laid back if you want to stay longer at an attraction or go somewhere not listed no problem it's your day and we can make the tour to suit you. Chilled water, soft drinks and tasty treats will be available throughout the tour free of charge.
Explore Glasgow in style by having a luxury private chauffeur to transport you between sites. By opting for a private tour, you’ll have your driver’s undivided attention for questions, and you won’t have to wait around for other travelers. Your driver will help you save time and see many of Glasgow’s top attractions in a day. Highlights include Glasgow Cathedral, St. Mungo Museum, The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, and George Square.
Join us onboard the Red Bus Bistro for a Gin Tea Experience. Leaving from George Street, the tour lasts approximately 90 minutes during which we visit the top attractions Glasgow has to offer including; Provand’s Lordship, the upmarket West End, Glasgow University, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Transport Museum.
Start off your weekend right by joining us on our City Cocktail Tour. Eat like a New Yorker with our stateside inspired menu cooked fresh from our on board kitchen. Two sliders with a mini mac + cheese. We believe the best nights out involve cocktails, so in this package you will get two cocktails with a choice of french martinis, cosmos, gin elder-flower spritz or woo woo. *This tour is suitable for passengers over 18 years of age only
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience People's Palace & Winter Gardens?
The best ways to experience People's Palace & Winter Gardens are:
- City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
- Half-Day Private Glasgow Must-Sees Tour
- Glasgow Afternoon Tea Experience
- Discover Glasgow. Full day private tour in Mercedes Benz people carrier.
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