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.