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The Lighthouse

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Address: 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 141 276 5365
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Spanning six floors, The Lighthouse provides an unrivaled opportunity to...

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.

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The Lighthouse is contained in the former Glasgow Herald building, the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It's a good place to start a Mackintosh... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mike S
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Hobart, Australia
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

After running out of time to visit this on our last visit we decided to go on our return to Glasgow. It wasn't for us but as it's free worth a look. We aren't art people and went for the view but honestly, I think you get a better view of the fantastic buildings from the ground! Lift to top... More 

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Ian E, Manager at The Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to The Lighthouse and for taking the time to leave a review. We're sorry to hear that you found the view underwhelming. We generally get good feedback on the views from the viewing platform and the tower, however we do understand that everyone has different expectations and that the lift can take a while... More 

Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lighthouse is contained in the former Glasgow Herald building, the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It's a good place to start a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow. It contains an interpretation centre about his life and work and nice examples of his furniture. We climbed that amazing spiral staircase to the top of the tower and got... More 

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Ian E, Manager at The Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review your recent visit to The Lighthouse. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Mackintosh centre and the views over the city. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Worthing, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sadly I didn't rate the art, but everyone has different tastes of what is art, so don't let that put you off. However whatever you do, don't miss out on the view. You have to walk up the spiral staircase (only from the 4th floor) the view is amazing, a wonderful vista of the skyline of Glasgow. Nice gift shop... More 

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Ian E, Manager at The Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to The Lighthouse. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, especially the views. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we hope you will visit us again soon! More 

Bathgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely building, good views of city from the top floor. Great for photographs. Good shops for gifts. Lovely cafe on the 5th floor with a good selection of snacks and drinks all at affordable prices. Pleasant staff too.

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Ian E, Manager at The Lighthouse, responded to this review

We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to The Lighthouse. The views are great especially on a clear day, we have a lot of photographers who visit for that reason alone! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we will pass your kind comments regarding staff on to the team. We hope to see... More 

Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little multi storey art centre, gallery and shop. Exhibitions over several floors and the ground floor sells some very interesting arty ware. Worth a visit definitely!

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Ian E, Manager at The Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting The Lighthouse and taking the time to leave a review. We're glad to learn that you enjoyed your recent visit and look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this place with a family and been pleasantly surprised! Such a lovely view from the top.. We almost turned back when were in the middle of the way, but so glad we made it! Highly recommended

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Ian E, Manager at The Lighthouse, responded to this review

We're delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your recent visit to The Lighthouse. The climb up the stairs is a challenge but worth it when you reach the top! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we hope to see you again soon. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bang write in the city centre this is a wee haven! Lots of rt on view as well s stunning views of the city, worth a visit!

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Ian E, Manager at The Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review of your recent visit to The Lighthouse. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the art on display and the views over the city. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Several floors showing various art exhibitions along with educational information of recycling and environmental building materials . Great views from the top floor and the tower ( accessed via spiral stairs ) - Free Entry as are most museums in Glasgow

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Ian E, Manager at The Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your recent visit to The Lighthouse and for taking the time to leave a review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the views and the exhibitions of building materials. We are delighted to be one of the many attractions in Glasgow that offer free entry, hopefully you will visit again soon. More 

Livingston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

what a dizzy, was expecting wonderful atmosphere & exhibition, wonderful spaces for showing but it was absolutely dead, went for coffee and that was even worse, everybody working with long faces and couldn't have cared less, won't be back in a hurry

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Ian E, Manager at The Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your recent visit to The Lighthouse. We're sorry to hear that it wasn't all that you had expected but thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. If you'd like us to look into this any further please contact lighthousemarketing@glasgow.gov.uk and a member of the team will be in touch. More 

United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very tired building with very few exhibitions. Entrance smells of urine. Couldn't see what was architecture and design about it. Fixtures and finishings looked outdated. Toilets filthy. Staff like they were going to a funeral.

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Ian E, Manager at The Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Lighthouse. We're sorry to hear that you didn't have a better time. Thank you for leaving constructive feedback, we will ensure that this is actioned with the relevant teams. We would like to assure you that this is not the level we aspire to, particularly with reference... More 

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