Architecture in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

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  • Looking over the River Clyde where it is crossed by Bell's Footbridge to the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.
    Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
  • Exterior shot of the Glasgow School of Art lit up
    The Glasgow School of Art
  • Looking over to Hill House, an excellent example of domestic architecture by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Helensburgh.
    Hill House exterior
  • New Lanark, South Lanarkshire
    New Lanark World Heritage Site, South Lanarkshire
  • The restored Doulton Fountain in front of the People's Palace, photographed at dusk in the east end of the city of Glasgow.
    People's Palace

Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley has an impressive architectural heritage. See everything from magnificent cathedrals to Art Nouveau buildings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and other striking architectural landmarks.

The city of Glasgow is renowned for the diversity of its architecture, and is closely associated with the works and legacy of groundbreaking designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Mackintosh’s work can be appreciated throughout the city and beyond. Admire the Glasgow School of Art, widely considered to be his masterpiece, the exquisite Willow Tea Rooms and the Scotland Street School Museum.

The beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is home to the largest collection of work inspired and created by Mackintosh while the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery contains the Mackintosh House, the meticulously reassembled former residence of the designer.

The city has many fine public buildings including the immense Glasgow City Chambers and the Mitchell Library, the largest public reference library in Europe.

Other highlights include Glasgow Cathedral which dates back more than 800 years, and the People’s Palace at Glasgow Green, another of the city’s free museums which boasts a dazzling Victorian Glass House.

One of the most recent additions to Glasgow’s architectural landscape is the Clyde Auditorium, a state-of-the-art performance venue that is also one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

There are plenty of architectural gems to be discovered outside Glasgow. Helensburgh has its own Mackintosh-designed property, the Hill House which sits overlooking the River Clyde, while splendidly restored hunting lodge of Chatelherault is located near Hamilton. The New Lanark World Heritage Site even gives visitors the chance to wander around an authentically recreated 18th century cotton mill village.