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Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow

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£499

  • Private dinner at Glasgow Art Club

  • Lunch at Mackintosh at the Willow – the newly-restored original Tea Rooms at 217 Sauciehall Street

  • 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 interior of Hill House and the opportunity to see the innovative “box” that is being used to dry out the house, dinner at Glasgow Art Club, lunch at the newly-restored , original Willow Tea Room and many more Mackintosh-related sights.

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ITINERARY

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

Day 2: House for an Art Lover, Scotland Street School, lunch at Mackintosh at the Willow, Hunterian Art Gallery and private dinner at the Glasgow Art Club.
We start our tour at the House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park where we will see how Mackintosh and Macdonald’s 1901 competition design has been brought to life by a team of artists, architects and craftsmen.  A special treat is next as we have lunch at Mackintosh at the Willow – the original tea rooms building at 217 Sauciehall Street,  recently re-opened after an extensive restoration project.  For more information about this project, please visit https://www.mackintoshatthewillow.com/.   After lunch we will visit the Hunterian Art Gallery with its recreation of Mackintosh and Macdonald’s first house.  This evening, a highlight of the tour is a visit to the Glasgow Art Club, with en-route view of the ravaged exterior of the Glasgow School of Art.  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 - partly designed and decorated by Mackintosh and where he was a member, and a wonderful venue for a welcome reception and private dinner with wine.

Day 3: The Hill House, Kelvingrove  and Queens Cross Church.
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. The exterior is being housed in an innovative  semi-transparent “box” that is being fitted to allow the house to dry out.  More than a century of an average of 193 days of rain per year, has left the exterior of Hill House, which incorporated innovative new designs and materials by Mackintosh, badly damaged by water.  The “box” aims to dry out the house to rescue it from further deterioration.  The interior will still be visible but the exterior will be shrouded in a semi-transparent casing.  For more information about this fascinating project, please visit https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/the-hill-house. The day continues with 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 together with a light lunch in the museum café.  Our final visit it to Mackintosh’s  Queens Cross Church, the only church in the world designed by Mackintosh, commissioned in 1896. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.00.

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: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

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

INCLUDED

  • 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
  • Lunch at the newly-restored, Mackintosh at the Willow – the original Tea Rooms building
  • Light lunch at Kelvingrove Museum
  • All talks, guided tours, entrance fees and escorted coach transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour manager throughout 


NOT INCLUDED

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

HOTELS

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. 

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An outstanding tour with outstanding guides (Robin and Karen) who were able to cater for the experts amongst the group as well as those who knew very little about Mackintosh. It was a large group but thanks to the skillful organisation of the tour manager/leader it never felt like it. We covered a great deal and I left wanting more. I already plan to do the tour a second time.

Review by eden who travelled 28-September-2018


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The tour manager and lecturer were excellent. They were very friendly and knowledgeable and made the whole experience great.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my trip. It was well arranged, interesting and stimulating. It has encouraged to look for another Travel Editions holiday in 2019.

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Lecturer excellent. Well organised and efficient. Thank you.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 28-September-2018


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I especially appreciated the chance to see the Glasgow Art Club. Dinner there was very good. The coach drivers did an excellent job. The visit to the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian involved quite a long wait, on our feet. It wasn't made clear to all of how long that would take, since the group was divided into three. A little morevcoordination was needed.

Review by Forster who travelled 28-September-2018


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Thoroughly enjoyable tour, with excellent guides who were able to adjust the itinerary to everyone's satisfaction in light of the fire at the Art School and the damp problems at Hill House.

Review by Moreton who travelled 28-September-2018


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A thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour, the tour manager(s) were informed and good heated. We particularly enjoyed the dinner at the Glasgow Arts Club.

Review by Bessant who travelled 28-September-2018


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The enthusiasm and skills of the guides was excellent as was their approachability. We had a great time. And managed to fit in other things as well like Glasgow city chambers Kipple Palace and the University buildings. And all the Hunterian!!!

Review by Shoults who travelled 28-September-2018


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excellent leadership by Robin and Karen. loved the private dinner at the Art club and exclusive tour of the Willow tea rooms exhibition. We are devoted Mackintosh supporters and enjoyed the itinerary, unfortunately we were let down by the hotel in the location of the room and the food and the attitude of the staff and hotel policy.

Review by Fothergill who travelled 07-September-2018


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I cannot speak highly enough of Robin and Karen. They were fun, super-efficient, kind and very knowledgeable. The hotel was excellent, all the trips were fabulous, particularly, for me, The Willow Tearooms and the Glasgow Art Club dinner. We were made to feel very special.

Review by Stockell who travelled 07-September-2018


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The enthusiasm of our guides was infectious and the architecture and interiors we saw were spectacular. A very concentrated tour.

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A stunning trip with topnotch lecturers. Inspiring. Hotel noisy one night because of a wedding party.

Review by Woodward who travelled 07-September-2018


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Housekeeping not good at Hilton Grosvenor Our room was not serviced one day and tea and milk not replenished until requested Our guides were excellent

Review by who travelled 06-July-2018


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No air conditioning in hotel room. Opening the window resulted in unbearable traffic noise. At the dinners, the food was quite good butthe wines were of poor quality and we were expected to pour it ourselves. It might be an idea not to include wine, let people buy their own and have it served correctly. Karin and Robin-our gudes-were excellent-very friendly and knowledgable.

Review by Wilkerson who travelled 06-July-2018


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Despite the disappointment of not being able to see the Hill House, the alternative of the Willow Tea Room was excellent. The tour guides did their very best to make this an enjoyable and interesting experience. To be recommended.

Review by Stone who travelled 06-July-2018


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Our tour manager and guide were both excellent and helped make this a memorable trip. The hotel rooms were well appointed but a little noisy, being on a main road, and sometimes hot and stuffy as they lacked air-conditioning. Opening the windows increased air-flow but also noise. Overall, though, the hotel and staff were good.

Review by Wilkerson who travelled 06-July-2018


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The combined talents of husband and wife team Robin and Karen Cairns, who led the tour, made an obviously interesting weekend into a highly entertaining and enjoyable experience. Their knowledge, passion for their subject and storytelling skills vividly brought to life the world of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his circle as we visited some of the beautiful buildings and interiors designed by Charles and his wife Margaret. The hotel and meals were ok, too!

Review by Sturgeon who travelled 06-July-2018


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Excellent guides, with insider knowledge of Glasgow, and a fascinating incite into Rennie Mackintosh.Hotel good, and opposite the Botanic Gardens

Review by Cox who travelled 06-July-2018


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This was a brilliant tour made so by Robin and Karen the tour managers. Robin's passion and knowledge of everything Rennie MacIntosh really made the difference. He was just a pleasure to listen to and with Karen's architectural and artistic and design knowledge and outgoing personalities we couldn't have asked for anything more. Also the little breaks such as the coffee and shortbread break at Hill House and lunch at one of Robin and Karen's favourite restuarants just added to the feel good factor.

Review by who travelled 27-October-2017


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Our tour leaders Robin & Karen were experts in the subject & their presentation first class . A most enjoyable trip, with an interesting group of people. Thank You & 0f course Robin & Karen.

Review by Moylan who travelled 27-October-2017


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The Dinner at the Arts Club is in our view a splendid highlight in the tour with so much for our excellent tour guide to explain after a superb meal

Review by Hill who travelled 27-October-2017


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It was a thoroughly enjoyable tour. The guides were very helpful and informative. There was a lot scheduled each day. It might be worth considering extending the tour by one day whilst keeping the same visits thus allowing more time at each venue.

Review by Cobley who travelled 27-October-2017


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Well planned and informative days and evenings in good company - an excellent tour

Review by Montgomery who travelled 27-October-2017


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This was our first tour with Travel Editions and it certainly exceeded expectations. The weekend was very full but very well planned. Jenny and Dai were the best tour leaders imaginable - friendly, efficient, making sure everything everything worked well and above all with deep knowledge and love of Mackintosh. Our only gripe was that the hotel charged a supplement for a twin room: we are both individually used to paying extra as a single but hav never before come across a twin supplement and it did feel somewhat exploitative. In other respects the tour was good value

Review by Ms Heather Scott who travelled 28-October-2016


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It was the last tour for our husband and wife managers. Very good atmosphere and a suitable farewell tour. We wish them well in their new venture.

Review by Mr Robert Penicud who travelled 28-October-2016


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We were very privileged to have Di and Jenny Vaughan as our tour guides . They were outstandingly knowledgeable and very good company.. It was a wonderful weekend .

Review by Mr John Dixon who travelled 28-October-2016


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Review by Mrs Dijana Warrender who travelled 28-October-2016


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Dai & JennyVaughan were wonderful Guides

Review by Mr David Prest who travelled 28-October-2016


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Dai and Jenny were excellent leaders - so glad we managed to be part of their last tour. Dinner at the Art Club was a real privilege. The hotel was very good - the staff particularly friendly and helpful. The coach driver too was safe and reliable. An action packed weekend but came back feeling I had had a tonic!

Review by Miss J Vernier who travelled 28-October-2016


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Overall - excellent. Dai Vaughan the main guide is outstanding and it's a great loss that he and Jenny are retiring. The Hilton was generally what you'd expect, but we did have soiled towels in our room, the toilet flush was on its way out and the bottom of the door showed scruffy damp damage (room 217) - so below what we'd expect from an otherwise upmarket hotel. The staff were charming though, that helped. Glasgow School of Art - it said in the brochure that just the outside would be seen, but this turned out to be well after dark with scaffolding covering all of it, so all we could see was a weather vane - someone should have noticed the clocks went back during this holiday! Other venues like Hill House and House for an Art Lover were fantastic.

Review by Mrs Erica Middleton who travelled 28-October-2016

Travel Editions feedback:

Thank you for your kind comments and glad to hear you enjoyed the trip.


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Our congratulations to Dai & Jennie Vaughan on making this such an enjoyable tour.

Review by Mr Malcolm Stewart who travelled 28-October-2016


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We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Although seeing the College of Art covered in scaffolding was sad We were impressed with the scale (particularly the height). Hill House and the House for an Art Lover were amazing. Also the Kelvingrove Art gallery and Museum - well worth the 2 visits. Dai & Jenny were excellent guides, sources of endless information and sources of such detailed information and anecdotes.

Review by Mr Adrian Harrison who travelled 09-September-2016


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Review by Dr Jennifer Somerville who travelled 09-September-2016


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It would have been more helpful to emphasise staying an extra night as the last train from Glasgow on Sundays leaves at 5.30 pm. Thus cutting short the last building visit and then a rush to the station.

Review by Mrs Vicki Walton who travelled 09-September-2016


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Very enjoyable with excellent presentations. Hotel rooms and service first class as one would expect.

Review by Mr David Soanes who travelled 09-September-2016


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Really enjoyable tour and it was a privilege to be with Dai and Jenny Vaughan, their knowledge and enthusiasm with regard to Mackintosh is amazing. We learnt a lot in a weekend and saw some beautiful buildings.

Review by Mrs Bernice Hart who travelled 09-September-2016


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Review by Mr Gordon Fielding who travelled 09-September-2016


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Well organised knowledgeable guide s good weather and company

Review by Dr Gwendolen Brown who travelled 09-September-2016


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Tour managers very well-informed and humorous about the life and times of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, ensuring we saw as wide a variety of their work as was possible in the time. Goal attained, satisfied customers as a result.

Review by Mrs Isabel Stanton who travelled 29-July-2016


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Excellent holiday, Tour Managers were truly excellent, husband and wife team certainly knew their stuff!

Review by Mrs Doreen Prosser who travelled 29-July-2016


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Myfirst trip with Travel Editions and my first ever visit to Glasgow. I was very impressed with everything: Dai and Jenny Vaughan are inspirational! They conveyed their enthusiasm and knowledge of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in a very approachable manner. I feel privileged to have been able to discover Mackintosh's work through them.

Review by Mrs Anne Crowther who travelled 29-July-2016


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We were glad to be able to see the Mackintosh house after all

Review by Ms Cressida Miles who travelled 29-July-2016


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The tour guide Dai was excellent and very informative.

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Review by Mr D Room who travelled 29-July-2016


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Very enjoyable weekend, packed programme, knowledgeable tour guides, experienced and thoughtful.Good value, and an excellent, thorough Mckintosh experience

Review by Mrs Linda Holt who travelled 29-July-2016


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Not only were Jenny and Dai terrific tour guides, they were also great people. Very honoured to have met them. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful, but my room was extremely noisy as it was almost on the corner of the hotel over a very busy crossroads, sleep was very difficult. Although the food was fine in the hotel, the meals in the other venues were not good.

Review by Mrs Patricia Onions who travelled 29-July-2016


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I very much enjoyed the experience over all and thought Dai and Jenny Vaughan were excellent tour managers with their extensive knowledge of the subject and Glasgow and enthusiasm. I have taken a brochure home with me and expect to travel with Travel Editions again.

Review by Ms Sara Morris who travelled 29-July-2016


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