Image by Michelle Barlose

The Tower at the Lighthouse – City centre viewpoint

On the third floor of Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, the Lighthouse, you will find a staircase leading to the top of the Tower. Walking up this spiral staircase will give you an intense glute workout, but at the top, you will reach one of my all-time favourite spots in Glasgow.

I love heights and the overwhelming views they give you. This is the best place to view Glasgow’s lively city centre from a bird’s-eye perspective; some visitors have even called it the Glaswegian Empire State Building, but their names juuust slipped my mind… From this viewpoint, you might not see the top of quite as many skyscrapers as you would in the Big Apple, but you will notice that Glasgow holds various other interesting buildings, for example the Glasgow School of Art. Information panels at the top pinpoint all significant buildings.

The architect Charles Mackintosh designed the tower, and on your way down, you can have a look around the Mackintosh centre (third floor) which gives an overview of his work around Glasgow. In the remaining parts of the Lighthouse, you will find various, changing exhibitions in their many galleries – all related to design and architecture. If the tower workout tired you, you can also fuel up at the Doocot restaurant on the fifth floor.

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11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow

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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00




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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)