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Glasgow Events Suitable for ChildrenThe Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Pop-up Glasgow MapG1 3LX
Tel +44 (0) 141 221 6362
Fax +44 (0) 141 221 6395

Venue Intro:

The Lighthouse is:

  • The national centre for architecture and design
  • An architecture and design centre with a difference
  • A hub for Scotland�s creative industries

The Lighthouse, Scotland's first, dedicated, national centre for architecture and design, was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth in July 1999. The Lighthouse is the renamed �13 million ($20 million) conversion of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 1895 Glasgow Herald newspaper office. The centre's vision is to develop the links between art, design and architecture, seeing these as interconnected social, educational, economic and cultural issues of concern to everyone. Since opening the centre has welcomed over 700,000 visitors.

The building comprises 2,000 square metres (21,500 square feet) of exhibition space. It shows annually 12 -15 exhibitions a year, three of which are of international stature. The Lighthouse also contains a Charles Rennie Mackintosh interpretation centre and a dedicated education floor extending to 1000 square metres (11,000 sq ft), including workshop, computer laboratory, gallery space and mini 'Wee People's City'. There is also a conference centre, shop and two cafe/restaurants.

Getting There:

  • Opening Hours
  • On Foot
    Click here to see a map of Glasgow City Centre with The Lighthouse marked on it (you will need the Shockwave Flash plug-in to view this). 
  • By Tube/Underground
    From Buchanan Street underground, exit to Buchanan Street and follow street signs to The Lighthouse.
  • By Rail
    Queen Street & Central Station are only 5 minutes walk away. Train times are available from Railtrack.
  • By Bus
    Buchanan Street Bus Station provides links from within Scotland to Glasgow - an up-to-date timetable is available from National Express. From the rest of the UK an up-to-date timetable is available from Citylink.
  • By Air
    There is a regular bus service from Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports to Buchanan Street Bus Station and Queen Street Station. Trains from Prestwick Airport terminate at Central Station.
  • By Road
    From Edinburgh follow the M8 and signs for the city centre. Enter the city via junction 19, heading onto Bothwell Street. At the end of Bothwell Street turn left onto Hope Street. Take the second right onto West George Street and then the second right onto West Nile Street. West Nile Street leads onto Mitchell Street, where The Lighthouse is clearly visible.

    From England, follow the M6, which becomes the M74. On the south side of Glasgow take the M73 then almost immediately the M8 into the city centre (be careful not to take the Glasgow East or South cut-offs). Follow the instructions as per Edinburgh for The Lighthouse.
  • Parking
    Parking facilities are available on Mitchell Street.

Disability Info:

    Disability access is available, please use contact information above for details.



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