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The Glasgow School of Art

167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ, Scotland (City Centre)
+44 141 353 4526
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Ranked #3 of 180 Attractions in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Educational Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Join an hour-long tour of 'Mackintosh at the GSA' to discover the architects life and work, from student to master designer. Examine the exterior of the Mackintosh building and uncover architectural gems in the surrounding area. Due to the recent fire in the Mackintosh building, there will be no access to the building's interiors for the foreseeable future. Explore the rich history of The Glasgow School of Art at the 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre through artefacts from GSA's Archives and Collections, illuminating life at the School from 1845 to present day. Join GSA's City Walking Tours to explore Glasgow's creative past and present and browse designs by students, staff and alumni in the GSA Shop. The 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre and GSA Shop in the Reid building at 164 Renfrew Street are open 9.45Am - 5.15Pm, 7 days a week. Tours depart from the 'Window on Mackintosh' 7 days a week. Every purchase supports the School.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Jack was a brilliant tour guide who had a passion for his subject . He guided us through the rain, pointing out significant design details created by CRM. It's a shame he doesn't have a Scottish accent, but he was clear to understand and very knowledgeable. Jill

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

One of the few art schools where the building is a living work of art, delightfully battered and well used, yet with Charles Rennie Mackintosh divine detailing. Lovely shop to browse craft and books.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

My private tour of Mackintosh at the Glasgow School of Art helped me explore Charles Rennie Mackintosh's story at The Glasgow School of Art, from student to master architect. This external tour around the GSA building and on the few lanes around it, enabled me to discover Mackintosh’s ideas, inspirations, education and relationships by exploring the Mackintosh Building façade along... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Do not let news of the fire put you off. You can still enjoy the beauty of Mackintosh's and McDonald's work. The tour is still very interesting indeed. We were a mixed culture group and Lily our guide brought us safely round with an excellent well informed and funny commentary. Highly recommend

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I had always wanted to see the Glasgow School of Art which has a reputation world-wide. We came for a visit to Scotland from Canada and the school was on our list. The fire, sadly, happened in May in the library building, the beautiful art nouveau structure that I wanted to view. While in the city we went to the... More

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

stunning go on guided walking tour on Open Doors Glasgow , history of Macintosh & well told .The library & Then Hen Run just great, in the process after the fire which broke most Glaswegians hearts & lovely to be in a place where artists are going about their daily work.You just feel part of it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Hopefully the Phoenix is emerged from this fire ravaged & damaged building! The Art Students have picked themselves up and are busy preparing their work for their degree! It's nice to see everyone helping each other! Maybe when they Graduate they will be able to help rebuild the West Wing! If you visit Glasgow please take time to climb the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Ok it does seem flippant to use the word genius. But one of the best things in this glorious city (along with so much that truly celebrates a city of culture and architecture, blah blah ) is the Glasgow School of Art. Genius is a rare and precious, but appropriate evocation for some of our wonderful architecture which is rightly... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We popped in because it was pouring with rain but found the displays interesting. Great shame about recent fire damage, but building has been well restored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

On a recent trip to Glasgow I popped into the Glasgow School of Art visitor centre just at the time a "Mackintosh at the GSA" tour was starting. There were only three of us and our great guide, Jack, a former student at the Art School gave us an interesting and informative "walk and talk" about the architecture and designs... More

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