Can I look around the building by myself?
Unfortunately not. The Glasgow School of Art is a hard working art school, not a museum, therefore the needs and activities of our staff and students have to take priority. We warmly welcome all visitors but ask that you respect the daily routine of our institution by visiting only public spaces and sticking with your tour group when visiting private rooms on your tour.
How long does the tour last?
Our standard tour lasts approximately one hour.
What happens during the Mackintosh building tour?
Our guides (who are normally students or graduates of the School) will lead you through the two phases of ‘Mackintosh’s Masterwork’. Inside, you will witness the maturing of Mackintosh’s unique architectural style, identify elements of Japanese architecture combined with Scotland’s own baronial tradition, and learn about the ethics of both Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. Throughout the tour, you will have plenty of opportunity to admire Mackintosh’s original tile and iron work, stained glass, furniture and artwork in some of his most famous and celebrated interiors, including the Library and the newly opened Furniture Gallery. You will also hear about key relationships and events during Mackintosh’s remarkable life.
Are all of the tours conducted in English?
Yes, however we have written translations in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese, copies of which we can provide for your group free of charge. Please let us know if you would like translations in advance so that we can have them prepared for your arrival.
Does the tour route allow disabled access?
Yes, with advance booking. The tour route incorporates several flights of stairs but wheelchair users and those with difficulties using stairs can use the lift. In such circumstances a member of staff will accompany up to 3 people one time. Please inform us of any such special requirements when making your booking. For those hard of hearing, please contact us and we will do all we can to accommodate you.
What can I do if I arrive early for my tour?
Our Mackintosh Interpretation Space is available to view whilst you wait and our fantastic shop is also open for you to browse. The School’s café has a great view of the façade of the Mackintosh building and serves hot and cold lunches and snacks from Monday to Friday. We have a regular schedule of exhibitions on campus which you are also welcome to visit.
Can I take photographs?
You are welcome to take photographs of any aspect of the exterior of the building, however inside the Mackintosh building photography is prohibited. This is to protect the work of GSA staff and students, to make sure the tours cause minimal interference with core activities, and to protect intellectual property.
Where do the profits go?
Profits from tour and shop sales are donated by Giftaid to GSA annually to support the conservation of the Mackintosh building and to support GSA’s educational vision.
How do I get to The Glasgow School of Art?