With three days in Glasgow, you have plenty of time to soak up the city’s atmosphere, see its most famous sights, delve into local culture, and even head out of town and into the surrounding countryside. Here are a few ways to experience the very best of Glasgow in 72 memorable hours.
11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 3NU
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to The Lighthouse?
What else should I know about attractions in Glasgow?
- Buchanan Street
- Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
- George Square
- Glasgow Cruise Port (Greenock Ocean Terminal)
- Merchant City
- Provand's Lordship
- Tenement House
- St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
- Glasgow Cathedral
- People's Palace & Winter Gardens
- Glasgow Science Centre
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- The Hunterian (Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery)
- Glasgow West End
- Burrell Collection