The Lighthouse is Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture. Extending over six floors, it is one of the biggest centres of its kind in Europe, and is home to the award-winning Mackintosh Centre, devoted to the art, architecture and design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). There are also temporary exhibition spaces with a thought provoking programme. The Lighthouse enjoys an uninterrupted view over Glasgow's cityscape. Climb the helical staircase in the Mackintosh Tower or use the lift to the Level 6 Viewing Platform and spot some significant buildings that make up Glasgow's architectural history.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Mackintosh tower inaccessible
- Facilities: Induction loop, large print brochures
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Mon-Sat, 10.30-5, Sun 12-5. Closed 25 Dec-2 Jan
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About the area
Scotland’s biggest city is also arguably its youngest. Glasgow may have been founded some 1,500 years ago, but most of what you see today is much more recent. The nightlife is legendary, ranging from a lively clubbing scene to Scottish traditional music in lively bars and pubs. The city claims to be Scotland’s sporting capital, a claim which was reinforced when it was chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Football is as much a local obsession as anywhere in Scotland, with all clubs maintaining a keen rivalry.
Glasgow can claim to be one of Scotland’s most ethnically diverse cities, and it has been since the 19th century. Glasgow’s industrial boom created huge demand for labour at a time when both the Scottish Highlands and Ireland were suffering extreme poverty and even famine, so tens of thousands of people migrated to work in Glasgow’s mills and shipyards. The city also had a sizeable Jewish community, and in the late 19th century, large numbers of Italians migrated to the city. About a century later, Glasgow attracted migrants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and as a result you’ll find some of the best Asian food in Scotland here.
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