We know there's a lot of interest in when we're opening and when you'll be able to visit us. We're delighted with all the support and interest - thank you to everyone. We also appreciate your patience waiting for news and updates whilst the project team, site teams and all our contractors, partners, suppliers, experts, craftspeople, designers and everyone involved have been working hard to get ready to welcome you again.
We will be marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh next week with a preview visit for a private group of guests including our funders on Thursday the 7th June whilst we continue to get ready to open to the public.
The beautiful original Willow Tea Rooms Building at 217 Sauchiehall Street, will open again to the public from 02 July 2018, following a £10 million pound restoration and thanks to the support of Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders. We will also be opening our new Visitor Centre next to the Tea Rooms, at 215 Sauchiehall Street.
The Tea Rooms and our Visitor Centre will open under the new name of "Mackintosh at the Willow" and will include a 200 seat restaurant, open across 3 floors in this internationally recognised building.
Our new Visitor Centre will include a Retail Store, interactive exhibition area, conference facilities, roof terrace and dedicated learning and education facilities. We're also working with the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society who will be running a tour and information desk on the ground floor of our Visitor Centre.
We will have a phased opening during the summer of 2018, with the official opening of "Mackintosh at the Willow" in September 2018.
Our Retail Store within the Visitor Centre will open to the public for preview visits from 2pm next Thursday 7th June 2018 and will fully open from early August. The Tea Rooms will cater for a small number of pre-booked groups throughout June, opening up to the public on 2nd July with a limited menu which will be expanded over the summer into our full menu. The interactive Exhibition area will open at the beginning of August and the Audio Visual Theatre complementing the Learning and Education suite will be available from August.
We'll continue to share information and updates on our plans for 02 July when we open. We'll also be launching our new website www.mackintoshatthewillow.com very soon where we'll share more information and updates including how you can book, sample menus and what you can expect when you visit us.
We look forward to welcoming you to Mackintosh at the Willow later this summer.