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The Lighthouse

11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU, Scotland (Anderston)
+44 141 276 5365
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Ranked #42 of 170 attractions in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Spanning six floors, The Lighthouse provides an unrivaled opportunity to experience architecture and design through a changing program of world-class... more » Owner description: Spanning six floors, The Lighthouse provides an unrivaled opportunity to experience architecture and design through a changing program of world-class exhibitions, award winning education and lifelong learning projects, broad ranging events program and networking opportunities. Climb the Mackintosh Tower for stunning views across the city, indulge yourself in the latest designer products at The Lighthouse Shop, or simply relax in the doocot, our rooftop cafe/bar. « less
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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This venue is one you can go back to again and again as the exhibitions are always changing. The climb to the 6th floor is well worth the view over the rooftops of Glasgow.Try to find a few landmarks! Everything looks different from that angle. stop off at the tearoom on the 5th floor for a choice of teas or... More

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aberdeenshire
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6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We went there just to look out over the rooftops of Glasgow from the viewing tower. It was worth the climb. Not that the views are spectacular or anything but the size and range of buildings you can spot. I don't know glasgow well enough to pick out buildings of interest so I do think that more viewing information would... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The exhibition spaces are wonderful and overall architecture make a large proportion of the visit to this building so exciting. Currently there are exhibitions on MacKintosh and the Commonwealth Games Village- the latter filled 2/3 galleries which is overkill in my opinion. Sadly the viewing tower was closed when we tried to access it, as well as the top gallery... More

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Reading
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45 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

This place is a real find. Take the lift to the 6th floor for lovely views over the Glasgow skyline. The cafe on the 5th floor is very good and prices extremely fair. Amazing that the attraction is free. Highly recommended, in fact a must do.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Read about the lighthouse on Trip Advisor so decided to check it out. Good views from the top floor and some interesting exhibits on the other floors. Free entry. Worth a visit.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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101 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane was originally a newspaper building. It was unused for a time until taken over and is used as a venue for business or social events, a Rennie Macintosh museum and, from the viewing platform, it provides excellent views over the rooftops of the city. The Macintosh museum takes up one floor and has several models... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Having walked along Buchanan Street for years, I was surprised to find this hidden gem down Mitchell Lane. The glass surround and lit elevators make the building light and airy. I loved the Commonwealth Games displays, including the dates and events on the stairway as you go in the entrance. The Games Village and Legacy exhibition are very good. The... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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119 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Lighthouse is a viewpoint/museum dedicated to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Entrance is free and there is an elevator that takes you to the top for your view. From the top there is a good view of the city of Glasgow. After you see the view, there are a bunch of exhibitions on Mackintosh which are also free. We enjoyed stopping... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Great for all those graphic designers, architects and building enthusiasts out there. Several levels of interesting photographs, models and story boards. I took my younger sister and it is wheelchair friendly with a beautiful view to astonish even her. haha. worth a visit, and a lovely little gift shop on the bottom floor.

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Bebington, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We found so much about the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh at this venue, along with furniture, artefacts, even models of buildings he submitted designs for. Marie was a very helpful and informative guide, even giving us a quick peek at the beautiful spiral tower designed by the great man- even though it was closed to the public on that... More

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