Lighthouse, Glasgow

Lighthouse, Glasgow

While you are visiting Glasgow you will surely hear about the Lighthouse and you wouldn’t be the first visitor to wonder what a lighthouse is doing in the center of a city far from the sea. The only way to satisfy your curiosity is to go and see it for yourself.

The building was constructed in 1895 from designs by the architect John Keppie, but it was his apprentice Charles Mackintosh who oversaw the work as his first public commission. It is because of this that most people forget about Keppie and attribute the building to Mackintosh.

The Lighthouse was once the offices and headquarters of the newspaper, the Glasgow Herald. It now belongs to the Glasgow City Council, who has turned it into a Centre all about architecture, design and the city.

The Centre’s aim is to help people understand the link between architecture, creative industry and design, through exhibitions and interactive displays. On six floors, the Centre boasts 6000 square meters of exhibition space and hosts twelve local and three international shows a year.

The first floor is dedicated to education with a computer laboratory, workshops and the “Wee People’s City”. This is a hands-on play area especially designed for 8 – 13 year olds, to promote understanding about building and design. It is great fun for the kids as they take a path that leads them through investigation, exploration and discovery of the city.

The Lighthouse has a viewing platform on the top of the Mackintosh Tower that can be reached from the third floor by a helical stairway. For those who don’t feel up to climbing the stairs, another view-point on the 6th floor can be reached by lift.
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Sight Name: Lighthouse
Sight Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Landmarks Of Glasgow Self-Guided Tour Part 2   City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Glasgow, Scotland

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City Orientation Walk

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Travel Distance: 4.2 km
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Garnethill Art Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
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Landmarks Of Glasgow Self-Guided Tour Part 2

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km