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The Hill House, Helensburgh

As you may be aware, a pioneering project to protect the Hill House is underway. A box has been built around Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece to save it from the ravages of the weather. From June 2019 the protective structure is in place and the house is ready for your clients to see.

The house is wrapped in the world’s largest chainmail structure, with walkways snaking over the chimney pots, enabling visitors to walk around the upper levels and over the roof. They provide a totally new way to experience the house and Mackintosh’s design, as well as offering stunning views over the Clyde estuary. The National Trust for Scotland has built a new café and visitor centre too.

Both the interior of the Hill House itself and the Box will be accessible to the public over the course of the rescue process, where they’ll be able to watch conservators at work. The Hill House Box may stay in place for between seven and ten years.

We’re now ready to welcome travel trade groups and can offer a range of experiences to fit with different lengths of visits, from bespoke out-of-hours tours for 2 to site-wide visits for up to 200.

It’s a masterpiece of creativity, design and innovation. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing the story of one of Scotland’s national treasures and how our charity is working to protect it, now and for future generations.

Contact the team for information and some of the latest images by calling +44 (131) 458 0204 or emailing traveltrade@nts.org.uk

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