The Glasgow School of Art

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167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ

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The Glasgow School of Art
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Best for Posing - Expert review of The Glasgow School of Art

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece is an Art Nouveau textbook in design and style.

This is one of the reasons why Glasgow is so architecturally respected on the world stage. If one man defines the Glasgow aesthetic, then it’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the city’s most famous designer and architect. Hailed as one of the principal founders of European Art Nouveau, the Glasgow School of Art was Mackintosh’s award-winning entry when the school launched an architectural competition back in 1896. Described by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, the rector of the Royal College of Art, as “the only art school in the world where the building is worthy of the subject,” the Mackintosh Building can only be visited by guided tour from one of the current students.

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Remember that the Glasgow School of Art is still a working university and access to the most interesting parts of the building can only be seen by arranging a tour in advance.

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Architectural site, Historic site, Neighbourhood / street
167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ
0141 353 4500
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Open daily April-September 9:30am-6:30pm; October-March 10am-5pm; Mackintosh tour times, summer tours: April-September 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm; winter tours: October-March 11am & 3pm.

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