Charles Rennie Mackintosh & Glasgow

For anyone with an interest in architecture, art and design it is highly probable that if you visit Glasgow you will want to visit at least one Mackintosh attraction or take a Mackintosh guided tour. If the name Charles Rennie Mackintosh doesn’t resonate with you, then you are in for a very pleasant surprise. Here at the Merchant City Inn, Glasgow, we are huge admirers of the work of Mackintosh, and get asked daily about where his work can be seen. Check below in the blog for some more information.

By the end of the 19th century, Glasgow School of Art was one of the leading art academies in Europe. In the late 1890’s a young man called Mackintosh enrolled here and pursued various drawing programmes. He became a pioneering Glaswegian architect, designer, and artist. His work became renowned around Europe and Glasgow is the only city in the world where you can see a concentration of his work.

Our hotel is ideally located as a base to go and visit any number of attractions and buildings that have dedicated exhibitions about Mackintosh or have indeed be designed by the man himself. Many buildings and attractions that show case his work are located within walking distance of our hotel. 

The most popular Charles Rennie Mackintosh attractions in and around Glasgow include:


Although damaged by a fire a few years ago, this building is Mackintosh’s Masterwork, and is just over a mile from our hotel.


The original Willow Tea Rooms was designed by Mackintosh. He designed the exterior and interior and it is Mackintosh’s only surviving Tea Rooms opened to the public in 2018 after an extensive renovation programme. Located in Sauchiehall Street, the venue has the tea rooms, visitor information, an exhibition centre, and a retail store to enjoy. A must visit!


Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Here you will find the largest display in the city of his work including stained glass, works on paper, textiles and embroidery, furniture, and interiors and so on. 

Admission is Free.

There is so much to enjoy about the utter genius of Glasgow’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and we will be more than happy to guide you as to where and when to go to see and experience the very best of his work.

For overnight stays in Glasgow City Centre and to make sure you get the very best rate, do BOOK DIRECTLY with the Merchant City Inn, Glasgow.