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The Hill House

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architectural masterpiece turns art into a home.
Hill House

About the Hill House

  • Be inspired by the unique building, interiors and collection designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh in the ‘Glasgow style’.
  • Find out about the Blackie family, who called the Hill House their home.
  • Admire Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh’s Sleeping Princess gesso panel.
  • Ask questions about the Hill House Box and the National Trust for Scotland’s pioneering approach to caring for this building.
  • Explore inside the Box and see the Hill House and Helensburgh like never before from the walkways around the house and over the roof.

The Hill House is considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece. Working to a commission from Glasgow book publisher Walter Blackie, up-and-coming architect Mackintosh and his wife Margaret created almost everything you see here, from the building itself to the furniture and textiles. 

Mackintosh was a revolutionary designer, but the materials and techniques at the cutting edge of architectural design in 1900 haven’t withstood a century of the west of Scotland’s harsh, wet weather conditions.

The external render of the property has not proved watertight and the walls have gradually become saturated and are crumbling, with water now threatening the interiors.

If we don’t act soon, the house will be irreparably damaged and we’ll lose its iconic architecture and unique interiors forever.

We’re embarking on a 10-year conservation programme, which will allow continued public access to the house, but also offer views of the Hill House that have never been seen before, even by Mackintosh himself. Stage one opened to visitors in early June 2019, with a protective steel frame structure covered in chainmail mesh, featuring walkways around and over the top of the house. This structure, along with a new visitor centre, will deliver a unique heritage visitor experience.

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Today’s Opening Hours

House
10.00–17.00
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Entry prices

Adult
£12.50
Child
£5.50
Family
£28.00
One adult family
£17.00
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Membership

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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Accreditations and awards

  • 4 star visitor attraction award
  • Green Tourism silver award
Event

The Hill House Timed Admission

Tuesday 18 June 2019 – Monday 1 July 2019

Book your ticket to be one of the first to visit the Hill House Box.

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Did you know?

The chainmail mesh on the Hill House Box is made from 32.4 million rings.

Volunteering

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Venue hire

The Hill House is the perfect venue for weddings, corporate events and private parties. 

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School visits

We welcome school visits at the Hill House. 

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