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“But can you climb all the stairs?”

The Glasgow School of Art
Ranked #3 of 91 Shopping in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Join a 45 minute'Mackintosh at the GSA' tour to discover original furniture, the history of the Mackintosh building and the architects life and work, from student to master designer. Restoration is underway following a serious fire in 2014, as such there is no access to the interiors of the Mackintosh building. 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. Step outside this summer with GSA's Walking Tours to explore Glasgow's creative past and present. Invest in new talent hailing from the School or pick up the perfect memento of your visit in the GSA Shop. The 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre and GSA Shop in the Reid building at 164 Renfrew Street are open 10Am - 4.30Pm, 7 days a week. Tours depart from the 'Window on Mackintosh' 7 days a week. Every purchase supports the School.
Reviewed April 22, 2013

As I was about to press the final button to pay for our walking tour of Glasgow School of Art, up popped the message that by completing the purchase I was confirming that all members of my party were able to climb the 245 steps within the building. Mm.... I searched out the helpline and was told that on the 11.00 tour every day, visitors can opt to use the lifts instead of negotiating the stairs, as long as this is booked in advance. I booked our slot over the phone and paid on the day. An extra student guide led us to lifts at various points in the tour so that we arrived at exactly the same time as the others at each point of interest. The tour itself - as many have commented - is stunning, so don't let your dodgy hip or knee be an obstacle!

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Brilliant building, stunning architecture and a brilliant tour guide. Really worth signing up for a tour if you are in Glasgow. The student who showed us round was really good, it was like having inside knowledge of the building. Lots of original furniture as well as the architecture. Spoilt only by a plonker who knew nothing about architecture and couldn't grasp the concept of the design......but the guide handled him very professionally!

Thank Sheron B
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

I could sit in this building every day and finding something new I hadn't seen before. A must for any architecture or Charles Rennie Mackintosh fans. The tour was good too.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Went to a guided tour with Laura as our guide and had a wonderfull time descovering the magnificent building.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We really enjoyed our tour of the School of Art. The tour guide was a Detroit native and very informative and upbeat. We learned a lot about Charlie MacIntosh and the tour was quite interesting and well done.

The only negative was the fact that some of the School of Art employees were borderline-rude in terms of interrupting the tour. I know it's a working school and they need to go about their business so some interruptions are understandable. A few of the employees however seemed to go out of their way to disrupt things (excessive + loud talking; frequent cutting through; etc). Given that the tours generate a significant amount of revenue for the school you'd think they'd be a little more accepting of the tour groups.

Thank Jeff K
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