The Glasgow School of Art became the centre of the art movement in Scotland and soon the Glasgow Style was born, created by a group known as ‘the Four’ - Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Herbert MacNair and sisters, Margaret and Frances MacDonald.
The School of Art is considered to be Mackintosh’s masterwork and it is still a working art school today. The style of the building demonstrates Mackintosh's hallmark Art Nouveau style while the interiors include furniture, drawings and paintings by Mackintosh.
The Lighthouse, on Mitchell Lane, is one of Mackintosh’s earliest buildings and was originally designed as the Glasgow Herald newspaper offices. Now home to Scotland's Centre for Design & Architecture, it includes a fascinating Mackintosh Interpretation Centre and the Mackintosh Tower, which offers wonderful views. You can also see a new exhibition of Mackintosh designs that unfortunately were never built.
At the beautiful Willow Tea Rooms, you can enjoy afternoon tea just as it was taken in the same rooms 100 years ago, seated on one of Mackintosh’s famous high-backed chairs.
Queen’s Cross Church is a Mackintosh design which opened in 1899. See the magnificent stained glass windows which capture the light and the exceptional wood and stone carvings of this building which is now the international headquarters of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society.
At the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Art Gallery is the Mackintosh House. Astonishingly, the home Mackintosh shared with his wife at 6 Florentine Terrace has been meticulously reassembled at this site.
Scotland Street School Museum is a fine example of Mackintosh’s work. Visit this beautiful building, which is free entry, to see impressive leaded glass towers and the magnificent tiled entrance hall, as well as a room dedicated to his work.
There is also a gallery in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum dedicated to Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, which is free to visit. Included here are examples of furniture and decorative style including the famous Wassail panel.
Not far from the city centre is the Mackintosh designed House for an Art Lover, in Bellahouston Park. The building was designed for a competition in 1901, but not built until 1989. As well as admiring the magnificent external design, explore the breathtaking rooms, which feature high-back chairs, oval shapes and floral inserts.
Outside of Glasgow, Helensburgh is home to another stunning Mackintosh-designed property - the Hill House. Sitting high above the Clyde, it is home to original furniture and interior design and also has formal gardens designed in the Mackintosh style.
A Charles Rennie Mackintosh Trail Ticket can be purchased from VisitScotland Information Centres in Glasgow, making it easier to enjoy all the attractions whilst travelling in a sustainable way. The one-day Mackintosh Trail Ticket allows visitors unlimited travel on subway and bus services, as well as including entry to all participating Mackintosh attractions.