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Holiday type Christmas markets
Escorted tours
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £359
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Discovering Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Learn about the creative genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with two leading exponents of Mackintosh's life and work - Dai and Jenny Vaughan who have led tours for the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, worked on the House for an Art Lover and completed a large number of commissions from designs of both Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald.

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


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

Not included

  • Single 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.
Day one

Arrive independently at the Hilton Grosvenor Glasgow from 15.00. This evening there will be a private dinner with wine and an illustrated talk on the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald by Dai Vaughan.

Day two

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. From here we continue to the famous Willow Tearooms, designed by Mackintosh in 1904, where you can have lunch (not included) in the Room de Luxe. After lunch we have a private visit and tour of the Glasgow School of Art, including the Mackintosh collection, followed by a guided walk of the building’s exterior, before seeing 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 Kelvingrove museum and art gallery for a stroll around the Mackintosh Gallery and a look at works by the Glasgow Boys. This evening, dinner is in the hotel restaurant.

Day three

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 school before returning 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 the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.
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. (Guests may also use free of charge the health club faciliities at the Hilton International about three miles away.)
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A very interesting weekend with excellent visits supported by knowledgeable guides. I would recommend this CRM weekend to anyone keen on the visual art and crafts. Good value for the money!
Jul 2013
Mr Turner

I have already sent a review but to repeat: really first-class excellent lecturers. Dai & Jenny were inspirational, very impressive and extremely nice. Tours also were wonderful & very well organised. Would like to repeat them all!
Oct 2011
Mrs Elizabeth Keith 

The weekend was unforgettable! Our tour guides (Dai & Jenny) were absolutely superb and the continuous heavy rain did not spoil the experience at all!
Sep 2011
Mr D Smith
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