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Climb This Spectacular Spiral Staircase For Panoramic Views Of Glasgow • The Lighthouse

By Marco Antonio Ruiz

Climb This Spectacular Spiral Staircase For Panoramic Views Of Glasgow • The Lighthouse

For some of the best views in the city, climb to the top of the Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse, the beacon for all creative industries in Scotland and home to this spectacular spiral staircase, is free and open to the public. But to see the panoramic views, you’ll need to first climb the 134 steps. (Featured image: @philunderwood.photography)

Home to Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, The Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

 

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Originally the offices of the Glasgow Herald, the building has changed hands over the years and is now controlled by the Glasgow City Council, who offer guided tours every Saturday on a first-come-first-served basis. Start time is at 1pm at a cost of £5 per person, so be early to avoid missing out.

 

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On the other hand, The Lighthouse continuously holds events and exhibitions focusing on the impact of design and architecture on our daily lives, as well as what the future holds for creators and ‘placemaking’ – the crazy idea of reimagining and reinventing public spaces as the centre of public life and the beating heart of communities.

 

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Top off your visit to The Lighthouse with a stop at the viewing platform and take in the breathtaking views of the city; its buildings, rooftops and green spaces. Don’t forget to look down!

Note that the viewing platform at The Lighthouse may close due to strong winds, wet weather or private functions, so to be sure it isn’t closed, check their blog for updates.

Practical information

Monday to Saturday, 10.30am – 5.00pm. Sunday, 12.00pm – 5.00pm.
Free Entry
Guided tours: £5
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