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Pollokshields – Our Dear Green Suburb

Join Sam Ellis, of Pollokshields Heritage, for a digital audio tour of Pollokshields, the original, the biggest and the best-preserved planned garden suburb in the UK. Our tour will focus on the leafy avenues of West Pollokshields where we will explore some of the finest Victorian architecture in the city and learn more about how and why these impressive homes were built and what the original vision was for their future. We’ll learn more about who commissioned them, designed them and built them and how their intricate details and impressive materials contribute to Pollokshields’s unique aesthetic.

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 and 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.

It actively supports the conservation of buildings of importance, private or public.