Set within the lovely, quiet grounds of Pollok Country Park near Glasgow, stands an unassuming yet beautiful building of unique distinction. Receiving its Category A listed status, the structure is deemed to be one of Scotland’s most important architectural and historic buildings. This distinction makes it all the more fitting for it to house one of the world’s largest art collections ever acquired by one person – the important and priceless works amassed by Sir William Burrell.
This vast and eclectic art collection was a gift to Glasgow from Sir William Burrell. Bequeathed to the city in 1944, Burrell instructed that the collection be displayed outside of Glasgow in a rural setting as he felt a country atmosphere would not only enhance the beauty of the works but also protect them from city pollution.
Comprising over 8,000 works of art, the museum possesses a substantial medieval collection, many fine works from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome and Greece as well as Chinese and Islamic artefacts. Works range from delicate tapestries, beautiful stained glass, modern sculpture as well as beautiful impressionist works by Cézanne, Degas, Renoir and others. Located in the courtyard visitors will find as its centrepiece the famed Warwick vase, found at the site of the ruins of Tivoli. Bronze sculptures from Rodin further grace this lovely space.
Located in Glasgow’s south, Pollok Country Park can be accessed by car from the Haggs Road entrance. If travelling by bicycle the park is situated along the Glasgow to Irvine and Ardrossan National Cycle Routes. Public transport is available by train to the Pollokshaws West station or by buses 34, 45 and 57 from the city. It is approximately a 15 minute walk from the park’s entrance to the Burrell Collection.