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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
Phone Number:
+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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Great view

Definitely a great view of Glasgow. The building is nice and old, and the visit is free. Be ready to climb :) If you like Art nouveau style, this visit is for you.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Budapest, Hungary
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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went here because it was the first thing anyone we asked told us to go see. We were disappointed. It is mainly a design museum (which we did not pay much attention to), but we were sent here for the view. We went up a spiral staircase with 135 (if I remember correctly) steps into an old tower. Once... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Been here many times for art events, lunch and even a private function or 2. Down a side alley it's architecture from outside alone is worth seeing. My most favourite bit is the viewing platform. See Glasgow as you never have before. Little gem of art the art world in the middle of bustling city centre.

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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a great view of Glasgow. The building is nice and old, and the visit is free. Be ready to climb :) If you like Art nouveau style, this visit is for you.

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Another of Glasgow's great free attractions. the first two floors featured exhibitions of fabrics and material design but the third floor was a exhibition of Charles Rennie Macintosh. it was very interesting and informative. the 135 steps to the viewing platform are a bit of a challenge but well worth the effort. views from the tops are stunning.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Od never heard of he loghthoise and as such was not expecting it to be in the centre of Glasgow round the corner from the main shopping street. Inside you can go up a number of escalators and then a spiral staircase to the top. I visited in a rainy day but still loves the views. There's also a small... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been many times. if you want to breath Glasgow and have a look at an amazing view that is the point. If you are brave enough to climb 200 steps then you can visit the tower on level 3. A jewel in the city center of Glasgow

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic free activity , kids would love viewing platform with magnificent views over Glasgow , designers room , shop and cute cafe

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Ålesund, Norge
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're a tad interested in Charles Renee Macintosh and other designers and architects from that area this is a good place to visit. Even if all you wish is to climb the steps up to the former water tower to view Glasgow from above. Nice shop on the ground floor for gifts related to the Art Nouveau style.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lighthouse is well known in Glasgow. Historical and free. Enjoy the history and sympathetically restored interiors and tower. The views are great and if you fancy ... have a go on the piano placed on the deck for your own entertainment. Well worth a visit if in central Glasgow.

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a few hours to fill while waiting for a train home and decided to pop into The Lighthouse. It is a fascinating building and the walk up the spiral stairs are worth it for the view of Glasgow from the viewing platform. We learnt more about Rennie McIntosh, which is fascinating.

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