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The Lighthouse

11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU, Scotland (Anderston)
+44 141 276 5365
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Ranked #41 of 172 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The Lighthouse did not appear in my guide to Scotland but was in our French friends Guide Vert! It is an interesting building on several floors with either lift or escalator access. At the very top is an interesting city viewpoint and also a tower which has quite a challenging circular staircase. Also a Charles Rennie Macintosh exhibition which includes... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A viewing platform over the city, studies for the Commonwealth Games athletes village, decent café and an exhibition on John Rennie Macintosh - all in one place!

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Found on Trip Advisor otherwise would have missed this little gem. Interesting exhibitions on Mackintosh and the Commonwealth Games, don't manage to see it all as we headed up to the viewing platform and the tower first. Spent a while looking out across the city, taking in the detail of the surrounding buildings, old and new and those in between.... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Worth a look from the viewing platform on the 6th floor to see Glasgow in a different perspective. Didn't get chance to sample the café as it was closing at the time, however interesting taking the escalator and getting a chance to see how they have designed each floor

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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77 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Great place to see the whole Glasgow from the roof but inside of lighthouse can be boring, depending on exhibitions.

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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Lighthouse is a design centre in central Glasgow. Each floor has something different. On the ground floor was a shop in which plastic chairs could be had for a sale price of £780, down from £1200!There was a lot about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who I think had designed the building. There was also a lot about the engineering and... More

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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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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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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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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