The Lighthouse

Arts Centres

11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G1 3NU

    The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture

    The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue in the heart of Glasgow. The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland and promotes design and architecture through a creative programme of exhibitions and events.

    The Lighthouse is housed in the former Glasgow Herald building, the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is the perfect place to begin a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow. Our Mackintosh Interpretation Centre also charts the life and work of Mackintosh and allows access to the Mack Tower, providing unrivalled views of Glasgow.

    On Level One, our Gallery One and Review Gallery spaces offer a changing programme of exhibitions and events focused on the impact of design and architecture on our everyday lives. Level One also holds The MAKLab, Scotland's first public access digital fabrication studio, which ensures that there is always a buzz of creativity in the building.

    Level Two hosts Architecture and Design Scotland, whose exhibitions, events and educational workshops offer an insight into the future of architecture and place-making.

    The Lighthouse has four floors of multi-purpose spaces which can be hired for corporate events, evening receptions and weddings. Our Doocot café also provides hearty food in an inviting atmosphere. Topping off the building is the Viewing Platform, where visitors can get a wonderful view of the city.     

    Opening Times
    Opening times 2014
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Monday - Saturday: 10:30-17:00
    Sunday: 12:00-17:00

    Closed from 25th December 2012 until 2nd January 2013.
    Reopen 10:30am 3rd January 2013


    • Lunch Available
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License
    • Vegetarian Food Available
    • Bar Available
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Breakfast Available
    • Dairy Free
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement The Lighthouse has six spaces available for private hire for 2-150 people. We cater for meetings, conferences, private functions, dinners, weddings and more.
    • Shop


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Electron
    • Debit Card
    • Switch Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Solo Card
    • Delta Card
    • Cash
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card


    • Bike Storage Available Bicycle storage on Mitchell Street, a short walk away from Mitchell Lane.
    • Paid Parking within easy distance NCP car park can be accessed on Mitchell Street within easy walking distance of Mitchell Lane.
    • Taxi Rank < 100m from station Central Station taxi rank is a short walk from The Lighthouse.


    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • Audio Loop Audio loop in Gallery 5, available for hire.
    • ASVA Member
    • Disabled Access
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • 24hr CCTV


    • City Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Senior Citizens
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • No Pets Allowed Guide dogs and hearing dogs are allowed.
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Children Welcome

    Wedding Services

    • Wedding Packages Available
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Reception Facilities

    Transport within Scotland

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    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
      • restaurant


    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.


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