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The Lighthouse showing a city, a sunset and heritage architecture

Learn about acclaimed Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and share your own ideas with an expert at Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.

Visit The Lighthouse to learn about the life’s work of Glasgow’s most famous architect, discover the history of the city from prehistoric times and climb a spiral staircase for panoramic city views. Local architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed this old warehouse in 1895 for the Glasgow Herald newspaper. It was his first public commission.

The Lighthouse became a cultural center in 1999. The six floors, connected by elevators, display permanent and temporary collections. Learn more about the building on a 40-minute guided tour. The small fee for the tour includes a tea or coffee in the café afterwards.

Step behind the white, curved glass screen wrapped around the central column to enter the main exhibits. The Mackintosh Interpretation Centre shows how the building changed from a warehouse into a design center. Listen to the narrative of Mackintosh’s life and work while you admire designs of some notable local Macintosh buildings, printed on the wall.

A helical staircase is suspended from the water tower, originally designed to protect the building from flames. Climb to the observation deck for an uninterrupted view of the city center. Another viewing platform, on level six, is accessible by elevator.

Don’t miss out on the Foundation exhibition. Projected on the floor is a movie about the growth of Glasgow from a prehistoric settlement to an industrial city and then to a popular tourist destination. Children will love traversing the city via the walk-on floor map. They may like to sign up for the art and design workshops on weekends; check the The Lighthouse website for details.

Architects and inventors will appreciate the MAKLab, based on an idea by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Show your design idea to an expert and share it with more than 90 technology labs around the world.

The Lighthouse is open daily and admission is free. The building is within walking distance of major Glasgow attractions, including central George Square and the Gallery of Modern Art. The Glasgow Central train station is only a one-minute walk away. There are pay parking facilities on surrounding streets.

Top Hotels Close to Lighthouse

DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
4 out of 5
Cambridge Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $109 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Art Gallery ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
Fantastic
"Realy good quiet and welcoming"

Reviewed on Dec. 14, 2020

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Dakota Glasgow
Dakota Glasgow
4 out of 5
179 West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $167 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sauchiehall Street and Kings Theatre Glasgow. George Square and Royal Concert Hall are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (627 reviews)
"Lovely hotel. Very helpful staff and very comfortable/spacious rooms"

Reviewed on Dec. 15, 2020

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citizenM Hotel Glasgow
citizenM Hotel Glasgow
4 out of 5
60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $116 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in City Centre Glasgow, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Square and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)
First Class customer service
"Superb customer service. Very modern and spotlessly clean hotel. Great food too."

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2021

citizenM Hotel Glasgow
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DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
4 out of 5
Cambridge Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $109 per night from May 31 to May 31
DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central
Dakota Glasgow
Dakota Glasgow
4 out of 5
179 West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $167 per night from May 16 to May 16
Dakota Glasgow
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citizenM Hotel Glasgow
4 out of 5
60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $116 per night from May 17 to May 17
citizenM Hotel Glasgow
Fraser Suites Glasgow
Fraser Suites Glasgow
4 out of 5
1-19 Albion Street Merchant City, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $107 per night from May 16 to May 16
Fraser Suites Glasgow
Apex City of Glasgow Hotel
Apex City of Glasgow Hotel
4 out of 5
110 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $96 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Apex City of Glasgow Hotel
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
5 out of 5
No.11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $213 per night from May 12 to May 12
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
Jurys Inn Glasgow
Jurys Inn Glasgow
4 out of 5
80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $95 per night from May 14 to May 14
Jurys Inn Glasgow
Carlton George Hotel
Carlton George Hotel
4 out of 5
44 West George Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $109 per night from May 13 to May 13
Carlton George Hotel
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PREMIER SUITES PLUS Glasgow George Square
4 out of 5
136-148 Queen Street, Glasgow, Scotland
The price is CA $121 per night from May 31 to May 31
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Glasgow George Square
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