Knitwear and Tweed in Hawick

Borders Textile Towerhouse


We are delighted to be welcoming visitors back to Borders Textile Towerhouse.

Running up to Christmas we will be hosting a range of special events and activities to enhance your visit.  Each week in November we will feature displays and demonstrations by craft workers and artists living and working in the Scottish Borders – ‘Meet the Makers’, see below for more information.  

We are also re-opening two of our popular local exhibitions, Made by Pringle and the Forgotten Shops of Hawick.

With your safety and the safety of our team as a priority, initially we will open a limited number of days per week and issuing a limited number of tickets on those days. Entry will be by advanced online booking only to help us manage the number of visitors in the museum ensuring that you have a safe and enjoyable visit.  

We request that adult visitors wear a mask whilst in the museum.  Please make sure you have read our safety measures before arrival at the museum.

Current opening times:

Friday & Saturday: 10:00 – 16:30 (Closed 13:00 – 14:00)

CLICK HERE to book your tickets!

Your ticket to visit Borders Textile Townhouse is free, however if you are able to make a donation to our charity it would be much appreciated. As a charity every penny you spend with us is reinvested into the museum. 

Meet the Makers

November 6 & 7
Amanda Hamilton Creations, Tufty’s Crafts and The Wrong Alice Collection

November 13 & 14
Wee Garden Studio, Angela Common and Tracy Simpson

November 20 & 21
Harestanes Glass, Ann Mitchell and Carlenrig Farm

November 27th & 28th
Bramble Ceramics, Flight Weaving, Laura Brittain feltmaker

December 4 & 5
Wood You Write With, Fun Felts and Olive Rowel

December 11 & 12
Artisden, Braw Buckets and Bosie Hug

Donations support us to continually enhance our offering, and our current charitable aims are to;

  • Secure examples of work being produced in the Borders Textile industry now – preserving the present to be enjoyed by future generations
  • Create learning resources for schools and communities
  • Create reminiscence packs and activities themed around textiles and working in the mills to support those in our communities affected by and living with dementia
  • Digitise our collection, making it more widely available to the public

Borders Textile Towerhouse is a 4 star visitor attraction and gives visitors a unique insight into the region’s knitwear and tweed manufacturing history. Displays of fashion, artefacts, photographs and film bring to life over 200 years of tradition and innovation in the local woollen industries. Changing exhibitions showcase local companies’ continuing presence in the world of quality textiles.

Our gift shop offers a range of quality gifts, books and crafts.

Also discover the fascinating story of this 500-year-old tower – the oldest building in Hawick – built at the time of the Borders Reivers. It later became a fine townhouse and then the leading local hotel, focus of Hawick’s Common Riding festival.

The building is home to a display of paintings by the noted Scottish watercolourist, Tom Scott (1854 – 1927).

Looking for inspiration? Take a look at our tourism guide to make the most of your trip to the Borders. Plan your journey with Traveline Scotland.

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What's on

What's on

Plan your visit

Hearing loop
Disabled toilets
Accessible by public transport
Assistance only
Dogs / assistance dogs
Free admission
Baby changing facilities
Coach Tours welcome
Disabled access
Free parking
Group tours available
Guided tour
Education visits
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Make sure you complete your visit with a trip to the quality gift shop, which stocks locally-sourced gifts, toys and artwork alongside specialist books on craft and local history. A lively, hands-on venue suitable for all ages and have the ability to organise visits for pupils on request. Coach tours are also welcome.

We host a programme of fun and educational workshops and group tours and visits can be organised on request.

There is disabled access and toilets, a hearing loop and assistance dogs are welcome. There are baby changing facilities. The museum is accessible by public transport and there is free parking around Hawick.

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1 Tower Knowe

Hawick ,TD9 9EN

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Opening Times

2nd October – 19th December 2020

Friday and Saturday

10:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 16:30