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The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Free admission
11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 3NU

The basics

In central Glasgow, visitors can climb over 100 steps up a spiral staircase (or ride the elevator) to reach the Lighthouse’s sixth-floor viewing platform. The Mackintosh Interpretation Centre is located on the third floor and features small-scale models of the architect’s buildings that never came to fruition. Some tours in central Glasgow, such as the hop-on, hop-off bus sightseeing tour, include the opportunity to see the Lighthouse.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Lighthouse is a must-see attraction for architecture enthusiasts, history buffs, and families seeking an educational opportunity.
  • If you plan on climbing the spiral staircase, wear flat, comfortable shoes.
  • All six floors of the Lighthouse are wheelchair accessible.
  • The sixth-floor viewing platform is home to a piano that all visitors are free to play.
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How to get there

The Lighthouse is located on a narrow lane that connects Buchanan and Mitchell streets. It is easily accessible from public transportation: Glasgow Central Station is a 2-minute walk away and the Buchanan Street subway station and St. Enoch subway station are both a 5-minute walk away.

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When to get there

Open daily with limited hours on Sundays, the Lighthouse is a popular attraction for its viewing deck, exhibitions, and cozy café. A guided tour is available weekly on Saturdays. Travelers looking to avoid the crowds should choose a weekday to visit instead of a weekend. Temporary exhibitions and events may inspire a visit: check the online calendar for details.

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Learn About Local History

Informally called the Mack Centre, the Mackintosh Interpretation Centre tells the story of one of Glasgow’s most famous architects. See original drawings, video narratives, and small-scale models through the exhibition and learn about how Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work evolved over the course of his lifetime.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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