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The Lighthouse, Glasgow

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The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue situated in the heart of Glasgow, just off the Style Mile. The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland and promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events.

Formerly housing The Glasgow Herald, The Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is the perfect place to begin a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow. Please watch our video so we can take you on a tour of the building and show you what you can do when you visit.

Admission: FREE Entry
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  • It isn't the easiest place to photograph from the outside, but the conversion into function suites inside is a credit to modern architects and designers. It's amazing to see what has been done inside.  more »
  • It would be nice when its catch of Glasgow. Nice, interesting exhibition content. You can enjoy views of Glasgow from the observation deck.
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  • We visited here to look at all the Mackintosh items of which there are many. I like the way the items are displayed and explained. The view from the top of the building is amazing.  more »
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  • Climb to the top if you want to have nice views of the city. It was raining when I was there, so I can only imagine how spectacular Glasgow would look when it's nice outside. You can use the stairs, but there's also a lift to get up. There's a souvenir store at ground level and some art galleries in the floors above it. The building looks stunning from the outside as well.
  • Various exhibits on different floors that might be worth a look. But definitely take a peek at the small but informative and well laid out (& free!) exhibit on Mackintosh, adjacent to a small gift shop on the third level. Also fine views of the city, from two different areas/heights.
  • This is the place you can see entire view of Glasgow with good visibility. Obviously it is a tourist spot. Do expect some stairs before you manage to teach the top floor for views.
  • A fantastic exhibition space in the middle of Glasgow. A steep climb to the top of the tower if you're brave and fit enough. Very rewarding view from the top.
  • Free entrance. It features many galleries (though not all of them will be in use at all times) and a Café. The shop has some cool products. The building has a lift and going to the top will allow for view of the lighthouse and a nice view of the city. Hours are a bit restrictive (10.30 am - 5 pm).
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