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The Lighthouse

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  • Address: 11 Mitchell Lane
  • Hours: Mon 1030-1700, Tue 1030-1700, Wed 1030-1700, Thu 1030-1700, Fri 1030-1700, Sat 1030-1700, Sun 1200-1700


The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, is based within the former Glasgow Herald building. The building was the first public commission that Charles Rennie Mackintosh worked on, whilst a draughtsman at Honeyman and Keppie and is a fine example of Art Nouveau architecture.

In its present form The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland, promoting design and architecture through a varied programme of exhibitions and events.


Glasgow city centre has a wealth of historic buildings, including numerous industrial and commercial buildings of significant architectural merit, none more so than The Lighthouse, the former Glasgow Herald Building. A journey through the building provides a fascinating insight into the design features and architectural heritage associated with Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

If you are an education group looking for a 'behind the scenes' building experience or a travel group wanting to discover more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the tours are the perfect way to gain an insider's guide to The Lighthouse. Currently tours are only available to groups if booked in advance - please contact The Lighthouse directly to arrange.

The Doocot Café on Level Five, is the perfect spot to relax at the end of your visit.


The permanent Mackintosh Interpretation Centre or 'Mack' Centre, designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects, celebrates Glasgow's most famous architect and explores his life and work. This is the point from which visitors can climb the Mackintosh Tower and experience fantastic panoramas over the city.

The Lighthouse is Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture and throughout the year hosts a varied programme of exhibitions on the subject of architecture and the impact of design. Visit The Lighthouse website to see the current exhibitions and events.

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