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“Interesting Building”
Review of The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse
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$20.38*
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City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #30 of 294 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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.
Reviewed August 27, 2013

An interesting re use of an former newspaper works and great for conferences and training events etc. Great staff and the buffet food it always great. When visiting, make sure the tower is explored and get some great, albeit unfamiliar views of Glasgow's skyline.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Lighthouse is probably the best place in Glasgow if you want to enjoy the panoramic view of the city.It is a bit hidden from the public view,but just few meters away from Buchanan Street,it is definitely worth visiting.Apart from all the architectural exhibitions,there is also a gift shop on the ground floor with some modern design screen printed goods.A coffee shop on the upper floor has a great selection of teas(amazing suki herbal teas),cakes and light lunches like soups,paninis etc.
But the best is the last floor viewing balcony,from which you can see George Square and most of the city centre.Good lift access makes it easy to get for families and wheelchair users.

Thank Anna B
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Found the Lighthouse by accident, and so pleased we did. Fascinating exhibits, particularly student architectural designs, great sustainable architectural resources, smashing design shop, but by far and away the best was the climb to the top of the tower to look over the city rooftops. A hidden treasure.

Thank LouM740
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

After walking around in circles we found the Lighthouse and took the free tour. Very interesting and worthwhile. It's a few blocks fro Cental Station which is also nice to walk around, but only if you're in the area.We suggest you visit the Glasgow School of Art first because you'll have a much better understanding of Mr Macintosh the architect. This build was designed by him and the 3rd floor has a display about him. They also built the "Tower" which is about 150 steps up a circular staircase to the very top of the building with fabulous views of the city and each view has a blurb of what you're looking at. Fabulous pictures, well if the weather cooperates. LOL you're in Scotland so if it's raining wait ten minutes and the rain should stop long enough to get the pictures. This is a free tour, the Glasgow School of Art you have to pay for, but you get a wonderful guide that explains a lot.

1  Thank Richard F
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Under 5m from the central station, this is Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture - but that does not mean it is all 'technical'. Although sadly pressed for time, we spent a very enjoyable 1½ hours here - I wish I had had a chance to go to the top floor viewing point and we both would have liked to visit the History of Glasgow exhibition, which has now ended. Maybe we should have done so instead of going to the permanent and interesting CR Mackintosh exhibition (a very good overview, with models of many of his buildings but of course by no means a substitute for visiting the actual sites). I also took in the temporary, small exhibition of the issues faced with, and different designs of, Antarctic research stations - fascinating and different. There were various other options too. Some of the special exhibiions have a modest entrance fee.

1  Thank Peter G
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