Scotland’s Centre for
Design and Architecture

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The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue situated in the heart of Glasgow, just off the Style Mile. The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland and promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions 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. Please watch our video so we can take you on a tour of the building and show you what you can do when you visit.

Admission: Free Entry

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday: 10.30am – 5.00pm

Sunday: 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Festive Opening Hours:

24 December: 10.30am - 5.00pm

25 December - 3 January 2017: Closed

4 January: 10.30am - 5.00pm

Festive Shop Hours:

From 16th December onwards the shop will open at 10.00am Mon - Saturday and from 12pm on Sunday. 

Please note: we occasionally close areas of The Lighthouse for private functions, please contact us on 0141 276 5365 prior to visiting and our staff will be able to inform you of any closures.

The Lighthouse will be closed to the public on Sunday 16th October for essential maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Find us:

11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow, Scotland G1 3NU

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“I was on the search to learn more about Glasgow's famous son and this was a great place to start. The exhibit covers his architectural, furniture and even cutlery designs as well as models of buildings constructed and ones only dreamed of. Think aesthetic + purpose. Take a walk up to the top of the lighthouse for great panoramic views of the city.” 30 July 2016, TripAdvisor

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