The Hill House teacher information

The Hill House is considered to be the finest example of domestic architecture by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and, as such, is a major landmark within the history of architecture.

The Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie commissioned Mackintosh to design the house in 1902. Mackintosh also designed the furniture for the main rooms, fittings and decorative schemes, while his wife, Margaret Macdonald, contributed fabric designs and a unique gesso panel. The Blackie family moved into the house in 1904.

The house has been conserved in its original form. The garden has been restored to its early 20th-century composition and reflects some of Mackintosh’s architectural designs.

The school programme offers many opportunities for cross-curricular work and engaging with the Curriculum for Excellence. Pupils will tour this historic house, as well as view an exhibition on Mackintosh architecture, the Glasgow ‘Style’, and the relationship between architect and patron. Secondary schools are welcome (but please phone us to discuss your requirements).

Possible topics

  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Scottish design and architecture
  • Conservation

Resources for schools

  • An illustrated guidebook is available on request (price £5 & p&p)

Planning your class visit

  • To book: booking is essential for visiting the Hill House, as due to the nature of the house and its interior design, school visits are strictly limited. Please contact the Hill House to discuss your visit.
  • Book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • The Hill House is open for educational visits from 1 April–31 October.
  • Maximum class size: 30 with a ratio of 1 teacher/adult to 10 pupils
  • Access: we regret that the Hill House is not fully accessible for individuals with mobility, sight or hearing impairment. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. You can also find more information on accessibility at the Hill House webpage.
  • Parking: parking is available for coaches in the adjacent car park.
  • Toilets: these are available within the house.
  • Refreshments: there are none available at this site. There are no facilities for eating snacks/packed lunches in the house. Schools are welcome to picnic in the garden when the weather is fine.
  • The site has been risk assessed. Teachers are expected to prepare their own risk assessment for the visit.


  • There is no admission charge for schools with Trust educational membership.
  • Non-member schools are welcome but there is an admission charge of £2 per pupil.
  • Accompanying adults are admitted free. 
  • Class teachers are encouraged to make a free preparatory visit to the site.

During your class visit

  • On arrival: Your school will be met by a member of staff, usually a Head Guide.
  • Trust staff will lead the school programme.
  • School programmes begin at 10am and last for 1-2 hours, depending on class size.
  • For the programme, your class may be split or tour as a group, depending on class size – this will be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • Teachers are responsible for their pupils and their behaviour.
  • Pupils do not need to bring any materials for the school programme.
  • For conservation reasons, it is not possible for photographs to be taken inside the house.
  • Coats and bags can be left in the house during the tour.

If you prefer to print this information you can use this download. Please note that some of the information may now be out of date.