Glasgow Mackintosh

Designed by the internationally acclaimed Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover provides an excellent resource for visitors as a cultural attraction & tourist destination. The House is home to the popular Art Lovers Cafe, Gallery & Shop.

House for an Art Lover

In 1901 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, entered a German-based competition to design a ‘Grand Residence for an Art Lover’. The Mackintosh entry was disqualified from the competition on the grounds of incomplete submission, but after three required interior perspectives were completed & submitted, the designs were awarded a purchase prize for ‘their pronounced personal quality, their novel & austere form & the uniform configuration of interior & exterior’.

The Mackintosh competition entry has been admired by academics & architects alike over the last century. But, it was in 1987 that Glasgow civil engineer Graham Roxburgh conceived & developed the idea of building the House for an Art Lover, from the competition drawings, on a site he had identified in Bellahouston Park Glasgow.

His dream to build the House for an Art Lover became a reality in 1990 when the building exterior & much of the interior & craftwork were completed by his remarkable team of architects, designers, builders & craftsmen.

However, recession in the early Nineties forced the project to be temporarily halted. Interior work & landscaping were resumed in 1994, revived by collaboration between Glasgow City Council & the Glasgow School of Art. It is a fitting tribute that Mackintosh’s most impressive & respected building, the Glasgow School of Art, retains strong links with the House for an Art Lover, thus enhancing the constantly growing reputation of the House as an international centre of excellence for the visual arts.

Situated within the beautiful landscape of Bellahouston Park, the House for an Art Lover today represents one of Glasgow’s most popular cultural & corporate assets.

Plan your visit


House for an Art Lover
Bellahouston Park
10 Dumbreck Road
Glasgow G41 5BW
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Opening Times

Opening times vary, please visit ::

Both the Art Lover's Café and the Art Lover's Shop are open daily from 10am to 5pm. 


Adults :: £6
Concession / child / student :: £4.50
Children under 10 :: Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children) :: £16

Groups of 10+ adults :: £5.50 per adult
School Groups :: contact

Guided Tours (for 10+ persons) :: Please contact us in advance to arrange. Bookings can be made no earlier than 6 weeks prior to your date of visit.

Admission prices include the use of an audio handset guide.


+44 (0)141 483 1600

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