Burrell Collection, Glasgow ©
Glasgow's top cultural attraction was donated by the shipping magnate Sir William Burrell in 1944. Over his lifetime, Burrell amassed more than 8,000 works of art, 3,000 of which are displayed at any one time on a rotating basis. The collection includes hundreds of sculptures, drawings and paintings from the 15th century to the present, some notable medieval European tapestries, as well as artefacts from Arabia and the Orient. The collection is housed in a functional, purpose-built building set in the sedate surroundings of Pollok Country Park. Although it may seem unassuming, the building was meticulously designed to showcase the collection and complement the natural landscape. The Burrell includes a cafe with lovely views across the rolling lawns of the park, and a gift shop. Photography without a tripod and flash is often allowed, but permission must be granted beforehand. Within walking distance of The Burrell is Pollok House, which contains a fine collection of Spanish paintings including works by Goya, Murillo and El Greco. The Edwardian house is the ancestral home of the Maxwell family, who donated the house and the collection to the National Trust in 1966. There is parking available at the park on a pay and display basis.
Address: 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Pollok Country Park
Telephone: (0)141 287 2550
Transport: Train from Glasgow Central to Pollokshaws West; or public bus 45, 47, 48 or 57
Opening times: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
Admission: Free admission