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Knitwear and Tweed in Hawick

Borders Textile Towerhouse


We are delighted to announce that the Border Textile Towerhouse will reopen on Monday 28 June and the season will run until Friday 24 December. Pre-booking tickets in advance will be essential and tickets will be available to book from Monday 14 June.

Borders Textile Towerhouse is a 4 star visitor attraction and gives visitors a unique insight into the region’s knitwear and tweed manufacturing history. Discover the story of Borders knitwear and tweed in a beautifully restored 16th century towerhouse showcasing displays of fashion, artefacts, photographs and film.

Bringing  to life over 200 years of tradition and innovation in the local woollen industries the changing exhibitions showcase the best in the area’s textile design, fashion and crafts.

Amongst our new displays for 2021  we have two new exhibitions: ‘Colour, Texture & Destination: An exhibition inspired by the creative and cultural legacy of Bernat Klein’.  Along with ‘A Needle Pulling Thread’ showcasing a lifetime of needlework expertise by Mary Bonsor.

The Secret Room explores the buildings’ often turbulent history from its construction at the time of the Border Reivers.  The Border Textile Towerhouse building itself is home to a display of paintings by the noted Scottish watercolourist, Tom Scott (1854 – 1927).

We advise that tickets are pre-booked in advance to save any disappointment but we will allow admission at the door if there is availability.

Our gift shop will be open and offers a range of local quality gifts, books and crafts.

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.

Admission is FREE into the Borders Textile Townhouse 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.

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
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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

From Monday 28 June 2021
  • Monday 10:00 - 16:30
  • Tuesday Closed -
  • Wednesday Closed -
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:30
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
  • Sunday Closed -