Glasgow Architecture Urban Planning

Tour Information

Mackintosh, Thomson and more currently Zaha Hadid have left their unique mark on this vibrant city, making it an ideal destination for students studying architecture and the built environment.

Explore the city’s diverse blend of traditional and contemporary landmarks, including the world renowned School of Art and Riverside Museum on this fascinating tour.


Day Itinerary
1Depart campus Arrive in Glasgow. Check into your accommodation
2Guided tour of Rennie Mackintosh designed buildings (inc. the Lighthouse, Glasgow School of Art)
3Guided tour of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson designed buildings
4Return to College/University

What's Included

  • Executive coach travel
  • Use of the coach during the tour
  • Accommodation on a b&b basis
  • Multi-bedded rooms for students
  • Single/twin rooms for leaders
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:10 leader place ratio


Our accommodations are hand-picked, with safety, comfort and service in mind. We’ll provide accommodation solutions to meet your budget and location preference.

We undertake health and safety checks on our accommodations, so you can book your tour with confidence and help meet you own due diligence.

Scottish YHA

Established in 1931, SYHA Hostelling Scotland is a self-funding charity operating a network of over 60 exceptional youth and affiliate hostels for the benefit of all those wishing to learn and experience what Scotland has to offer. Our unique sites provide affordable, comfortable, safe and quality-assured accommodation with a warm friendly welcome, local knowledge, activities and services for guests travelling around Scotland.

IBIS Hotel



We are pleased to partner with the IBIS hotels brand. Throughout the world, IBIS hotels provide the same standard of modern, comfortable and safe accommodation at great value. With over 1000 hotels to choose from you can rest assured that you’ll receive the same standard of service worldwide.


For our groups who need to travel for less IBIS Budget hotels offer a simple, no-frills solution.

Remember to Visit

Subject Related Visits + -

  • The school is housed in one of Glasgow’s most famous buildings, often considered the masterpiece of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and built between 1897 and 1909.

  • The Lighthouse in Glasgow is Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. It was opened as part of Glasgow’s status as UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999.

    The Lighthouse is the renamed conversion of the former offices of the Glasgow Herald newspaper. Completed in 1895, it was designed by the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The centre’s vision is to develop the links between design, architecture, and the creative industries, seeing these as interconnected social, educational, economic and cultural issues of concern to everyone.

  • Alexander “Greek” Thomson (9 April 1817 – 22 March 1875) was an eminent Scottish architect and architectural theorist who was a pioneer in sustainable building. Although his work was published in the architectural press of his day, it was little appreciated out with Glasgow during his lifetime. It has only been since the 1950s and 1960s that his critical reputation has revived.

General Visits + -

  • Trongate 103, another example of Glasgow’s innovative approach to stimulating contemporary arts. This is a place to see art, make art and to enjoy being creative. Opened in 2009, the ground and first floor of this former Edwardian warehouse building are the gallery floors, with a year round programme of exhibitions.  


  • The Briggait is a magnificent building which had been empty for the best part of 20 years was redeveloped in late 2009. The Briggait now houses over 5,500 sq metres of public and private space including 45 studio spaces for artists.


  • The Style Mile offering a roll call of some of the best high street, designer and boutique brands. Unlike many UK cities, it is business as usual on Sundays too.