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Address: 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 141 353 4500
10:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Join a 45 minute'Mackintosh at the GSA' tour to discover original...

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.

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Really excellent Glasgow Art Nouveau walking tour given by very friendly and knowledgeable student

The art school organises a walking tour of the architecture of Glasgow concentrating on the period of Charles Rene Mackintosh. The tour begins on the opposite side of the road... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The art school organises a walking tour of the architecture of Glasgow concentrating on the period of Charles Rene Mackintosh. The tour begins on the opposite side of the road from the site of the restoration project of the art school building originally designed by Mackintosh. The roof timbers were being installed on the day we visited so the project... More 

Thank Bee S
Golden Valley, Minnesota
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Despite of the recent closure and renovation of the school building, the tour took us to many interesting sites trough the city. Our guides Ramella and Laura, both students we enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable. We learned a lot not only about the architecture of MacIntosh's period but also a lot about the city history. We can highly remand this tour.

Thank Katerina H
Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great disappointment. You walk up the hill only to find the school building all covered as repair works after a fireare going on, reportedly for some three years already and the opening is planned, I think, for 2020.

Thank Marie B
Province of Girona, Spain
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didnot follow the guided tours offered by the school. However we could enjoy the temporary exhibition, the shop and the mixture of visitors and students in a welcoming hall. Staff was very friendly. We could also grasp a rough idea of Glasgow history and all its social and economical changes.

Thank Carles F
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, about at 50 minute trip. We knew the building is under restoration but wanted to see it anyway. We booked a 45 minute tour that was interesting, but not exceptional. Then we walked from teh GSA to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. They have an excellent array of Macintosh furniture and the building... More 

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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a day and a night in Glasgow mainly to see some of the wealth of Mackintosh work there. Despite the main buildings closure, an excellent and interesting tour by Alan was a good ingredient; also nice to feel the proceeds would help the restoration.

Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We love C.A. MacIntosh so were prepared to enjoy our visit to the school. We knew we would only see the newer building because of the reconstruction ongoing with the original building but they did have fine examples of his and his wife's furniture and art. What we didn't expect was the great tours of the school and neighbourhood. Both... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitors centre is open which includes some interesting background a shop and a cafe. The building itself is surrounded by scaffolding. Worth a look if you're walking passed but don't go out of your way.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In spite of the state of the MacIntosh building, it was worth visiting for the good gift shop and the exhibition that the students had prepared. Interesting.

Thank Jeff S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent tour giving lots of interesting information about Mackintosh, his work and contemporaries. It's a great alternative to visiting the actual Mackintosh building just across the road, closed for refurbishment after the fire, The displays are informative and there is a good selection of furniture, wall hangings etc. The Visitor Centre itself is a beautiful building. Laura... More 

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