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The Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, is a multipurpose visitor centre and events venue in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland promoting design and architecture through a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops and events.

Formerly housing The Glasgow Herald, The Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and is the perfect place to begin a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow.

From 1999 until 2009 The Lighthouse was under the management of The Lighthouse Trust. Ownership of The Lighthouse transferred to Glasgow City Council in 2010 and remains an asset of Glasgow City Council today.

Permanent Exhibitions

The Sustainable Building Materials Library on Level Two by Architecture & Design Scotland offers visitors a chance to explore and analyse a wide range of sustainable building materials.

The Mackintosh Interpretation Centre on Level Three is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a must see exhibition for any Mackintosh enthusiast.  Climb the 136 stairs to the top of the Mackintosh tower or take the lift to the Viewing Platform on level 6 for wonderful views across Glasgow.

Who's it for?

The Lighthouse is open to the public and many areas are accessible by wheelchair and pram, full details can be found in the Access Policy document which can be found under related documents.

As well as a visitor centre, The Lighthouse has six spaces available to hire for events and conferences of all kinds. The Lighthouse is a unique venue steeped in history. As Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture the building has a real creative buzz making it a truly individual venue to host your event.

Opening Hours?

Free Entry

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm - 5.00pm

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow G1 2NU

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Last modified on 07 June 2023

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