Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow

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Experts take you to see Glasgow's best kept Mackintosh secrets

Special Event highlights: 

  • A special dinner at The Glasgow Art Club
  • House for an Art Lover
  • The Mackintosh Gallery and works by the Glasgow Boys at the Kelvingrove
  • Private visit to Hill House in Helensburgh
  • Mackintosh experts Robin and Karen Cairns

Learn about the creative genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with Robin and Karen Cairns whose enthusiasm and knowledge will bring Glasgow’s most famous son to life. Robin is a playwright, speaker, poet and performer whose play about the life of Mackintosh is being currently performed. A long-term student and devotee of Mackintosh, Karen is an artist and architect who has exhibited a collection of watercolours of Mackintosh’s work at Hill House and has worked at several Mackintosh buildings.

Highlights include the House for an Art Lover, Kelvingrove Museum, Scotland Street School, a dinner at The Glasgow Art Club, and Hill House, built for publisher Walter Blackie in 1902.

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Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow
Located in the West End area of the city centre, close to the Hunterian Gallery and University, the traditional, four-star Hilton Grosvenor offers a high standard of accommodation and service and is well situated for the various sights visited on this tour. Facilities here include bar, restaurant and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV and telephone. Car parking is available at the hotel costing £10 per night, payable directly to the hotel. Guests may also use free of charge the health club faciliities at the Hilton International about 3 miles away.

Hilton Grosvenor Hotel Website

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Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel. 

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details.  These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

On the final day, return to the hotel is usually at about 5pm. It is difficult to advise accurate timings as this can vary from one day to another due to traffic conditions, the size and mobility of the group or other factors. But we normally aim to finish no later than 5pm to allow clients a reasonable amount of time to get home.

If you have a problem with your room please alert your tour manager and/or hotel management as soon as possible to either rectify the problem or change your room. It is often possible to resolve a problem very quickly if we are made aware of it - impossible to do so after the event. 

PLEASE NOTE: transport to and from the hotel venue is NOT included

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

On departure, please ensure that you have paid for any extras such as drinks, telephone calls etc

Places of Interest

Full details included in the itinerary of this UK short break 

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  • Seniors
  • Art
  • History
  • 50 plus
  • UK Breaks
  • Art/History Tours

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Hilton Grosvenor Glasgow from 15.00. This evening there will be a private dinner with wine and talk entitled 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Conjurer and Magician', by Robin Cairns.

Day 2: The tour begins at the House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park where we will see how Mackintosh and Macdonald’s 1901 competition design has been bought to life by a team of artists, architects and craftsmen followed by a visit to the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery for a stroll around the Mackintosh Gallery and a look at works by the Glasgow Boys. After lunch we will visit the exterior of the Glasgow School of Art (building work permitting) and then go on to visit the Mackintosh-designed doorway of The Ladies Club, the offices of Keppie Henderson, where Mackintosh became a partner, and Mackintosh and Macdonald’s first home as a married couple. Finally we visit the Mackintosh House and Hunterian Art Gallery. This evening there will be a special dinner at The Glasgow Art Club, founded in 1867, the Glasgow Art Club is steeped in history and heritage and remains one of Glasgow’s most important landmarks for the arts in Scotland. Rich in culture, it has been a breeding ground for generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants. The Grade A-Listed Clubhouse is resplendent with historically significant interior features including fireplaces, fretworks, grills and door fittings – all designed by a 25 year old Charles Rennie Mackintosh whom was working as an apprentice to the architect John Keppie at the time.

Day 3: This morning we have a private visit to Hill House in Helensburgh, built by Mackintosh in 1903 for the publisher Walter Blackie. The house is thought of as one of the best examples of his style with modern interiors that incorporate his own furniture designs. This afternoon there are visits to the Scotland Street School Museum and, finally, Queens Cross Church. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact itinerary may vary according to changes in opening times and schedules for some of the smaller Mackintosh sites, which are currently under review.

Please note: Extra nights are available at a supplement, please click here or on the availability tab above to select your date of travel and extra night rates.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.


  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Hilton Grosvenor in Glasgow, based on shared occupancy of a double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private evening three-course dinner with wine and talk
  • Second night private dinner at The Glasgow Art Club
  • One light lunch
  • All talks, guided tours, entrance fees and escorted coach transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour manager throughout 


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room and twin room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed & breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities.

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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Offering a wide range of extended tours and cultural short breaks for the discerning traveller, Travel Editions was established in 1994 and is now one of the leading specialist independent escorted tour operators in the UK. The company started with the idea of creating itineraries that were not readily available on the high street, and the team still remains focused on offering escorted tours that appeal to travellers rather than tourists.

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