The Lighthouse

Arts Centres

11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G1 3NU

    The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture

    The Lighthouse 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 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.    


    • Bar Available
    • Breakfast Available
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • 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.
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License
    • Lunch Available
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

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


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


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


    • City Centre

    Special Requirements

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

    Wedding Services

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

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop


    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]


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

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
      • restaurant
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements
    • Menus available in large print [i.e.14pt and over]


    • There is a lift
      • There are verbal announcements for stops at each floor

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Large print (at least 14 point)

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

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