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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 177 Attractions in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Educational Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We went to see the Cuban poster exhibition and popped next door to the students union for a bite to eat. Very good value for money. At certain times you may have 4 meals for £10. Portions aren't big but good enough to satisfy. Very tasty too. Not somewhere to seek out but if you're in the vicinity it's worth... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

With a few hours to while away before an evening flight I decided to explore the city. Having always liked the work of Rennie Mackintosh I ventured up the hill to the GSA. I knew they had had a fire but was appalled at the destruction. However, I was cheerily informed of a guided tour and with some time to... More

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Porter, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Although the fire prevented us from seeing the school, we had a delightful tour by a bright and interesting student. This was our first trip to Glasgow and his insight and compassion for the city, art, and architecture will be the reason we return for a tour of the school when it is rebuilt.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I arrived at the school hoping to see the McIntosh details of the school but, unfortunately the building had a fire and is undergoing renovations. Check first to make sure it is open before going.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Too bad the Macintosh building burned as it is closed for the next four or five years. Can see exterior however. New building is interesting as well (if you like architecture). Students give great tours of school and city.

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Daylesford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

What was very clear to us in our Glasgow trip is that Gen Y and the Arts & Environment movements are dramatically leading the changes. It is not just challenging architecturally but re-defining the port & river, opening up food and pushing barrow out with public sculpture. There is a sense of enthusiasm and fun, a sense of Green awareness... More

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It's been a few years since I last visited and have not been since the fire but this building is well worth a visit, even if you don't go in, but go in as it is beautiful inside and you can see artists at work while touring the building. I just lover CRM and went to the Art School on... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

While the School of Art (my favorite building in the whole world) is not accessible, don't miss the opportunity to hear about the fascinating architectural history of other landmark buildings in Glasgow. We had a marvelous walking tour with architecture students Jack and Jamie through central Glasgow to see the evolution of the city's building styles from Blythswood Square's Georgian... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We really enjoyed our tour of the futuristic Reid Building during the Doors Open day. It is a real contrast to the Mackintosh building but is very light and spacious and well worth a visit. It is an interesting tour. It's just a great pity that the fire damaged such an amazing building but the good views from the Reid... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The fire at this iconic Art School has severely damaged the fabric of a good part of the old CRM building but the college's heart is still in place. Its a working place of extreme creativity and the new (Reid) building is, in itself, worth a visit (when it is open to the public) - it is an extension of... More

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