Tweed and textiles in Hawick
Borders Textile Towerhouse
This museum is currently closed.
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.
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).
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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.
Admission is free: donations are welcome.
Donations are welcome.