I was in Glasgow at the weekend, and one of the things I wanted to do when I was there was to revisit the Lighthouse. I used to spend quite a lot of time in Glasgow, and although I would walk down the well-known Buchanan Street at least once during a weekend there, I never ever stumbled across this place which is located down a lane just off this street.
However, when I was down in Glasgow filming back in January with Rob and David, we visited the Lighthouse to make use of it’s enclosed viewing platform on the 6th floor, as we needed some shots of the city skyline.
Turns out though, that there’s actually another little hidden gem, but first, some background about this place.
The Lighthouse is Scotland’s Centre for design and architecture, and is used also as a visitor centre, exhibition space, and events venue. Formerly housing The Glasgow Herald, the Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and where you can start a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow. Click here to find out more, definitely a place I recommend checking out. It’s free too!
Anyway, taking the escalators (or the lift) up to the third floor, here you can visit the Mackintosh centre, but in the corner is the start of a spiral staircase, and here is where you can begin your climb to the top of the Mackintosh Tower and take in the views across Glasgow city centre.