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The Lighthouse

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  • Address: 11 Mitchell Lane


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.


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 Mackintosh, the tours are the perfect way to gain an insider's guide to The Lighthouse.

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 hosts a varied programme of exhibitions and events on the subject of architecture and the impact of design throughout the year. 

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