The Scottish city of Glasgow is an architectural paradise. The red and yellow sandstone of the Victorians, the Italian-style towers and the medieval steeples live in harmony with the neo-gothic towers, the sensuality of modernism by Mackintosh and the titanium, glass, and steel structures of the contemporary city.
The restoration work in the north shore and south of the Clyde River, has brought with it marvelous buildings like the seCC by Norman Foster.
Scotsman Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect, designer and watercolorist was fundamentally important in the Arts and Crafts movement. He was also the main exponent of Art Nouveau in scotland. We will visit some of his works.
In an hour’s trip we will be in Edinburgh. We can see the edinburgh Castle and the group of volumes that integrate the new Scottish Parliament by Miralles.
– Preparation of itinerary and tours guided by an architect throughout the trip.
– Lodging in 3* hotel in double room.
– Transport to/from airport.
– Private bus available according to program.
– Round-trip bus Glasgow-Edinburgh.
– Entrance tickets and organized visits.
– Basic travel insurance.
– Glasgow School Of Art. Mackintosh
– The Willow Tearooms. Mackintosh
– The Lighthouse: Architecture Centre. Mackintosh
– Scottish Parliament. EMBT, Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue.
DAY 1 – GLASGOW (flight)
DAY 2 – GLASGOW
DAY 3 – EDINBURGH
DAY 4 – GLASGOW AND RETURN
Arrival of flight to Glasgow.
Transfer and hotel check in.
On the first day, we will focus on the more traditional architecture of Glasgow.The main attractions in the city of Glasgow are the stunning Victorian buildings, the reason why it has become the most sensational of Victorian cities in Europe.
Besides walking the city streets, we will visit the Cathedral.
Later, back in the city center, at George Square, we will find the elegant Merchant City where former mansions of tobacco tycoons have become some of the most fashionable places to eat and drink. The lively and bohemian West End overflows with pubs, cafes and some of the best restaurants in the city.
Dinner and free evening. Night in Glasgow
Breakfast at hotel.
We will focus on the modernist architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with the help of our guide. Private bus available for 4 hours:
– The Willow Tearooms, on Sauchiehall Street.
– Queen’s Cross Church, located near Patrick Thistle football stadium in the north; now houses the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society.
– Former office of The Herald on Mitchell Street; currently The Lighthouse: Center for Design and Architecture, Glasgow.
– The Mackintosh House, Craigie Hall.
– Martyrs School, in Townhead.
-The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum, Glasgow.
Night in Glasgow.
Breakfast and hotel check out.
Leave for Edinburgh, located one hour from Glasgow, for an all day tour. The most interesting parts are located in Old Town and in New Town (18th century) declared Cultural Heritage Sites in 1995. We can see the Edinburgh Castle or Holyroodhouse Palace, where the Scottish royal family resides.
The groups of volumes that integrate the new Scottish Parliament are at the end of historic Royal Mile.
We will visit the EMBT building, by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue (2005): Its shapes, colors, and constructive solutions highlight the site’s natural resources. The creativity of Miralles, who did not live to see his work completed, is expressed most of all in the Parliament Building.
Return and Night in Glasgow.
Breakfast at the hotel.
We will continue to visit the modernist architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with a private bus for 4 hours accompanied by our architect:
– Ruchill Church Hall.
– Hill House, Helensburgh. House for an Art Lover (1901 project, built later on).
– Bellahouston Park.
– Scotland Street School, Glasgow, currently: Scotland Street School Museum.
– Planned visit inside Mackintosh’s School of Art Design, Glasgow School of Art.
Check out of hotel, transfer to airport and return home.