The Lighthouse

Caitlin Halliday

Even in a city with historical and notable architecture, The Lighthouse still finds a way to stand apart from the crowd.

The Lighthouse isn’t just an interesting piece of architecture, it’s actually Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. Located in the heart of Glasgow just off the Style Mile, The Lighthouse promotes design and architecture through various programs, exhibitions, and events.

Best things to see at The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse hosts rotating exhibitions featuring various artists, organizations, and social causes. They also organize workshops and events for visitors so make sure to check the Lighthouse’s website for current event and workshop schedules. The Mackintosh Centre celebrates the life of Glasgow’s most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The “Mack” Centre is separated into two main exhibition areas. Walk through to experience the gallery’s many permanent exhibitions, including the history and legacy of Mackintosh’s work. Make sure to take a photo on the state-of-the-art helical staircase suspended from the original water tower. There are 40-minute guided tours each Saturday on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 1 p.m. 

The Lighthouse directions and parking

Best way to get to The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is located in Central Glasgow near St Enoch Centre. Automobiles and bikes aren’t allowed on Mitchell Ln., but Mitchell St., which is right off of Gordon St., will bring you very close. Several buses will bring you to Buchanan St., Central Station, or Union St., all of which are within walking distance of the Lighthouse.


Best parking near The Lighthouse

There is parking at the nearby NCP Mitchell St. Car Park for a fee.

The Lighthouse FAQs

Are pets allowed?

With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed at the Lighthouse.


Is there Wi-Fi?

Yes, the Lighthouse does offer Wi-Fi.


Are there public restrooms?

Yes, the Lighthouse offers public restrooms.