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Point B - Willow Tea Rooms

Walking Route Instructions : The Willow Tea Rooms are found at 97 Buchanan Street.

Did you know Rennie Mackintosh was awarded a European Scholarship to Italy?!

Photos of Willow Tea Rooms by J. Wilson May 2021

At 97 Buchanan Street. this tea room was one of a number of buildings in Glasgow that were designed by Glasgow’s famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The building also features work by Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh. 


Upon the death of architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson in 1875, a travelling scholarship was founded in his name and awarded every three years for the study of ancient classical architecture. In 1890, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was awarded this scholarship and embarked on a sketching tour to Italy.

Other Mackintosh buildings to visit in the City: In the town centre there is Mackintosh at the Willow on Sauchiehall Street, The Lighthouse building off Buchanan Street and the site of Glasgow School of Art, which sadly burned down in a recent fire, but the location may be of interest nonetheless. In the West End there is the Mackintosh House situated at the University of Glasgow. On Maryhill Road there is the Mackintosh Church And in Bellahouston Park in the South Side of the River Clyde you can visit House for an Art Lover.  And numerous other buildings. In addition there are exhibits in Kelvingrove Museum.


More information and a detailed timeline of events can be found on this website: https://www.mackintosh-architecture.gla.ac.uk/catalogue/timeline/lifeevents/

Interior of the tea rooms on Buchanan Street Photo J. Wilson

Walking Route Instructions : To get to our next stop, walk back up Buchanan Street a little then turn right into Exchange Place which will bring you through into Royal Exchange Square. Continue along Royal Exchange Square to the front of the Gallery of Modern Art where you will find our next stop, “The Duke” statue.