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The Lighthouse

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Neighbourhood: City Centre
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Address: 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU, Scotland
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+44 141 276 5365
10:30 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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interesting place to visit

we found down side stree offbucchan street which opens up anart venue go up roof to se views over city centre

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Workington, United Kingdom
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must do in Glasgow. It's centrally located and free. There are several floors with exhibits - when we went the first floor was a small display of cool textiles, the third floor is a permanent exhibit on the architect who designed a lot of the city. From that floor you can walk 135 stairs to the viewing... More 

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Hilton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am a big fan of Rennie Macintosh, the exhibit was ok but not as good as The Hill House or the exhibit at the Kelvingrove. The view from the 6th floor was good. I'm glad this was free as I wouldn't want to pay for entry.

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Workington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we found down side stree offbucchan street which opens up anart venue go up roof to se views over city centre

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lighthouse is well worth a visit to obtain the best views of Glasgow. However the climb to the top is very winding and long. For the not so brave you can see wonderful views from a lower platform that is accessed via a lift.

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Irvine, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend of mine asked me if I'd been to the lighthouse in Glasgow. I said is that the one that's next to the pyramids. There is a lighthouse in Glasgow and there's lots to see, but it's worth a visit if only for the views across the city. It's also very handy for some great bars.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great free venue for a visit to Glasgow. Go to the sixth floor for a great view of the city rooftops. Or the third floor for the Macintosh exhibition (and, for the physically fit, the spiral staircase that seem to climb endlessly into the tower - we never made it but the view must be amazing). A very nice... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Theres a good view of glasgow from the top of the tower!, worth a 10 min trip in to go to the top :D

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tucked away and not as well known as many attractions this is well worth a visit. Roof top views are really good. Exhibitions are fab. Worth hunting out. Cafe is available but didnt use it so cannot comment, but it looked fine.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is about design and it has some nice current exhibitions as well as a Mackintosh. Be sure to take a peek up the staircase off to the side and play a few notes on the piano at the view area.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is hidden away in a lane, just off Buchanan Street, not far from the Willow Tea Rooms. Apart from the fact that it offers a roof top view of Glasgow if you are fit enough to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the building, it is a really good place to learn about Charles Rennie Mackintosh and... More 

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