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Hill House

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Address: Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh G84 9AJ
Operated by: National Trust for Scotland
Opening Hours: 19th April to 22 December, Daily 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Admission: Adult £ 10.50, Senior £ 7.50, Family £ 25.50
Parking: Yes
Languages: Explanatory text: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Accessibility: Limited access to the house and the gardens
Toilets: Yes, also disabled toilets, but a few steps.
Shop: Yes, a small shop with a limited selection of MacKintosh related gifts
Cafe/Restaurant: Yes, 1:30 to 4:30pm


This property will be closed after the 4th July 2018 to allow restoration work to take place. Hopefuly re-opening April 2019.

The Hill House is arguably Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest piece of building design. The style is so clean and modern that it is amazing to learn that Mackintosh was originally commissioned to design it in 1902. The owner of the house, Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie, wanted Mackintosh to design, not just the house, but most of the furniture and décor as well. The result is a beautifully coherent blend of form and colour. 

Credit for the Hill House doesn’t all go to Charles though, as his wife Margaret also contributed fabric design and a unique panel over the fireplace. 

The Helensburgh Hill House is a must for any Mackintosh enthusiast. There are several rooms open to the public, but the main ones of interest are the Drawing Room, Master Bedroom and the Hallway.

The Hallway is very beautiful in the fine detail of its design and the stencils on the walls. In contrast to the Dark wood of the entrance/hallway you then enter the bright and very modern feeling Drawing Room. Visitors are welcome to play the piano in this room, but it is the only piece of furniture that you may touch!!!

Unfortunately, photography is not allowed in the house. You may find this frustrating as there are so many beautiful features that you will want to photograph.

Approximately half the rooms on the first floor are now empty of MacKintosh furniture and this is a little disappointing after you have seen how stunning the original rooms are.

When entering Helensburgh on the A818 from the A82, the road to the Hill House (Kennedy Drive) is the first on the right after the "Welcome to Helensburgh" sign.

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