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Architecture and Innovation in East Pollokshields

Join Sam Ellis of Pollokshields Heritage to explore East Pollokshields via this digital audio walking tour. We’ll explore how architecture and community have become intertwined in this vibrant and creative area. With its gridded streets lined with handsome tenements, terraces, shops and public buildings East Pollokshields was specifically developed as an upmarket tenemental suburb and designed to appeal to families keen to escape the overcrowded city centre. Taking us through the heart of this vibrant community, the tour will start at Maxwell Park Station and highlights include three of the finest art nouveau tenements in Glasgow, an exuberant Edwardian Baroque Carnegie Library, Greek Thomson’s earliest surviving villa, a hidden gem of the Glasgow style, the best wally tiles in Glasgow, various churches and mosques, and Tramway’s rich history. The tour will also include notable tenements by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, HE Clifford and Burnet Boston and Carruthers. The walk will conclude at Tramway and the Hidden Gardens.

We will be using a fantastic app called Guidigo to present our tours. Guidigo is free to download and makes exploring the city easy and fun!

​​HOW TO:​

​1. ​Download the Guidigo App on your phone.

2. Search in the app for the name of the trail or Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival.

3. You can also click the ‘Visit this Trail’ link to view the trail on your browser.

Other Information


Nearest Train and/or Subway: Maxwell Park Station
Parking: Yes


Physical Access to Building: Limited Access (some areas may be slightly tricky – please explain below)
Further details: This walking route is accessible to wheelchair users as is a public pavement route however please be aware that there are not always traffic lights and lowered kerbs and in some cases steep and mid inclines on hillier roads so please plan ahead to ensure that you feel comfortable.


Organisation Information:

Pollokshields Heritage was formed in 1992 as a local conservation and amenity society.

It aims to encourage development that enhances the fabric of the neighbourhood; promote the maintenance of the character and quality of the unique garden suburb and tenement conservation areas; encourage and stimulate public interest in all aspects of the local environment.
It supports development that enhances the area, its open spaces and the character and vernacular of the suburb and it actively supports the conservation of buildings of importance, private or public.