The Hill House
The Hill House
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Mary M
    Exeter, United Kingdom61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still beautiful and inspiring
    Hill House is now under a protective box to shield it from the worst of the Scottish weather while the clever people of the National Trust for Scotland work out how best to preserve the building. But this is not a disadvantage to your enjoyment of the house. On the contrary, visitors can now climb up to the roof of the building and go all around at this level to get a better look at the architecture (and the weather damage). Once the box is removed this view will no longer be possible. Don't worry though - it will be many years before the work will be completed. Meanwhile, enjoy the interior of this great house and treat yourself to lunch or afternoon tea in the cafe. Allow plenty of time to explore the house and the grounds. Warning, if you don't like heights, a trip around the walkways might not be for you.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 May 2023
  • cuddles_ie
    Dublin, Ireland114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important Scottish architectural heritage which is well worth a visit.
    Excellent attraction with brilliant, informative staff who facilitated access for me as a disabled person. The site is surprisingly accessible and I was able to see rooms on the ground floor and then take the walkway around the house on first and second floor. National Trust is such an important organisation and it’s fascinating to see how renovation is being planned and the care being take. To reduce damage and hopefully save the house in the long term.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Jan S
    292 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique design experience. Genius of Macintosh displayed
    A stupid thing the National Trust has done is hiding the Hill House in a huge scaffold construction in order te preserve the house from rain and wind. What they should have done is regular paint jobs to keep the house intact. Now that this iron mantle has been placed, people think that this should be kept this way because all this money has been invested (sunk costs). A pity. Nevertheless, the interior is amazing considering this 'modern' house dates from 1903. It reminds of the Bauhaus period, which was 15 to 20 years later.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 30 June 2023
  • vessi80
    North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom1,128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Dramatic Dwelling
    XXL thanks to Diane for the 11am intro talk which set the scene perfectly. Mr and Mrs CRM's creation is an historical hothouse. The symmetry shimmers especially in the Main Hall, a marvel of mood and wood. Every wee detail is a dream of design. From windows to wardrobes, carpets to curtains, lights to ladderback chairs. The divine Drawing Room with the Sleeping Beauty Panel is pure joie de vivre. The walkway gives wonderful views of the exterior and designer chain mail box which provides full factor 50 protection for the house's 'skin'. So, the sun shone ,the NTS volunteers were pure rays of sunshine and the rooms sparkled with style. A longish walk up a fairly steep hill was well worth it.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • aphie4678
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem
    This is a must for anyone interested in Rennie Macintosh. The house was designed by him and both exterior and interior reflect his and his wife's art. The house is currently protected by a box which is helping it dry out and cope with the weather. It adds to the experience as you can view the whole building from above. Visit also the garden and the cafe.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • John R
    Glasgow, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An original property in a beautiful location
    The Hill House is wonderful. It's an impressive venue with helpful and friendly staff, informative and creatively placed information displays and, very originally, makes the conservation challenge part of the experience, inviting visitors to discuss what they would do. The house is so beautiful, and staff are knowledgeable and keen to share what they know. Lovely views over Helensburgh too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Fiona F
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place to visit
    I visited with my two sisters- one in a wheelchair. The staff were so friendly and helpful in all areas. The lift was out of action but was able to be used with an accompanying member of staff. I love this place - the cafe, the shop, and the house is just so beautiful. The steel cage is amazing and allows visitors to walk up to the roof and look over Helensburgh.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • monkersmoore
    Earls Barton, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    Fabulous morning spent here. I turned up too early by taxi,, chucking down so I rang and they let me sit inside. Lovely staff , and the house was amazing, access allowed to most of rooms which is rare these days. If you are a fan of CRM this is perfect. The guides around the house are so knowledgeable and helpful. The box was interesting to preserve the outside of the house. You can walk over the roof which felt weird. Thoroughly recommend. And the cafe Lovely too. Empire biscuit was delicious
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Brian L
    Glasgow, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    I hadn't been at The Hill House in a number of years and was unsure of what to expect now that it has the box built over it. However, I shouldn't have worried. It is still a riveting experience and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Macintosh or who enjoys learning more about architecture. The box in fact adds to the experience of the visit. To be able to see the house from the riff down is fantastic. I took friends there and they were blown away with the visit. It is easy to get about and even on a wet and windy day I would recommend going up to the top of the box to get a view of the building. I intend to visit more regularly
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 November 2023
  • JohnUK
    London, United Kingdom1,095 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Conservation in action
    I hadn’t been here for thirty years and it was even better than I remembered it. On a weekday morning there were few other visitors and our visit was a delight from start to finish. The room stewards were so friendly and knowledgeable without being boring and helped point out things we would otherwise have missed. We learned so much about the conservation issues and enjoyed walking within the ‘box’ and seeing how it kept the rain out. The ladies running the cafe were the friendliest I’ve come across in visits to historic houses and the scones were delicious. Thank you to the NTS for looking after this property and presenting it so well.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 November 2023
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Al-Asma A
Glasgow, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
1 of the masterpiece of Charles Mackintosh and his wife for Blackie family. I love thoughtfully designed rooms. White bedroom was my favourite room. Painting in on top of fire place in 1 of sitting rooms was mesmerising. Use of green glass on the door panels for no go areas for family members to avoid any incident was a great idea.
It's well protected by Scottish government 👏
Must go on top for bird eye view .
Lovely cherry blossom trees in wide street . We went for a walk after our lunch in the garden to catch some sunshine.
Staff was just amazing there.
Written 27 April 2024
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Anna Kerr
Bristol, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This was my second visit to the Hill House but my first in more than 35 years! It didn’t disappoint. The house has been preserved so well, and the guides are exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the cage but it adds a new dimension to the visit and gives you access to things you’d otherwise never see. Spent a very happy morning looking around followed by a lovely coffee and an even better empire biscuit in the cafe.
Written 20 April 2024
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Chris B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
An excellent location to visit, well managed with helpful and informative staff, representing value for money.

We were asked to think about what should happen in the future, should it be re-rendered or should the Box stay in place.

I suggest the building is rerendered, the chainmail is removed , adn the roof panels changed to be see through polycarbonate. I suggest this because the covered walkway provides a fabulous perspective of the house which I believe should not be lost.

The house would still mostly be protected from the elements, access to all areas could be retained, and more light could enter the building. The view from the inside would also not be hindered by the chainmail
Written 2 April 2024
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Xxeve
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Absolutely fabulous inside, it gives a good insight into the lives of the Blackie family. The house was designed by Rennie Mackintosh. All the designs inside were by his wife Margaret MacDonald. I loved everything about my visit. We also visited the cafe, the staff were so friendly and I had the best cheese scone ever!!
Written 19 March 2024
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Anne D
Edinburgh, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous house and great to see they are doing everything they can to preserve it for future generations. I love the Mackintosh design, inside and out.
Written 16 March 2024
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William S
London32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very interesting house with Macintosh touches everywhere. Do speak to the guides in the house who are very knowledgeable. We’ll worth walking along the exterior walkways under the house’s protective box - you can look down on the roof!

Excellent cafe
Written 11 March 2024
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Considered Review
Norwich, UK1,061 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
This Rennie Mackintosh relic is now in a protective cage to extend its life. This presents the visitor with a splendid tour round the place both inside, outside, beside, and above. Unique in my experience. Accompanied by a well-maintained set of gardens this is a fascinating place to visit.
Written 3 March 2024
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Alison H
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
From the minute we stepped inside, we were welcomed by very friendly staff. We stopped off at the cafe first, again very friendly staff and the empire biscuits are out of this world.
The house itself is stunningly beautiful and upstairs, we were shown around by a volunteer who was extremely informative and interesting (thank you Jim for the info and the banter). The history of the place is fascinating and shows just how CRM was way ahead of the time. His attention to detail within the house is incredible.
Having access to the walkway outside gives you a bird's eye view of this beautiful building.
All in all, a fabulous day out. Would highly recommend. 10/10
Written 24 February 2024
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Joanna V
Glasgow, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It is years since we have been to The Hill House and wanted to see what it is like now it is in a box to conserve it.

There is also a cafe there now and it was lovely. We have been recommended the empire biscuits and we were not disappointed. The scones are also recommended.

lovely service by the team as well. really friendly.
Written 11 February 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We have been wanting to visit here for a long time and we finally got the chance and It certainly didn't disappoint.
The staff were very helpful and full of information, the house itself was fascinating, we liked the way they had printed the information onto curtains and boards, etc rather than having the usual boring info boards dotted about.
It's such a shame to seem the house full of mould and dampness but they are trying hard to stop the damage.
The cafe was exceptional, the staff were super friendly and helpful, it's definitely worth popping in.
It was also great to see the outside of the house from a birds eye view, although I don't like heights, I managed to get to the half way walkway but I couldn't manage the top walkway.
There is even a beautiful garden and woodland trail to explore, so you can spend a full day here if you wanted and its even dog friendly in the cafe.
I can recommend this place enough.
Written 7 February 2024
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