Where Scotland's story begins
Note: Due to routine conservation work, our Tapestry Gallery will be closed from Monday 5th to Tuesday 12th December. During this time our café will be remaining open, so we look forward to continuing to see you.
After a fantastic two years of opening, and welcoming thousands of visitors to enjoy the beauty and history of the panels, we will be carrying out routine inspections to ensure the preservation of the Tapestry for many generations to follow. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you soon!
The Great Tapestry of Scotland tells the inspirational true story of the country’s history, heritage and culture (from 8500 BC to present day). It was hand stitched by over 1000 people in communities across Scotland and transported by land, sea and air to come together. It is made up of 160 panels and 300 miles of wool (enough to lay the entire length of Scotland from the Border with England to the tip of the Shetland in the North Atlantic).
It’s a remarkable achievement: in an age of speed and technology, it has been created with wool and linen, slowly, methodically and with people coming together to share stories and create a record of their history.
The purpose built national exhibition centre and visitor experience housing the Tapestry opened Galashiels in the heart of the UK’s premier textile region in August 2021. It celebrates the creative talents of the stitchers and tell the people’s story of Scotland – from Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott to rugby, football, movies and music.
In addition to showcasing the beautiful Tapestry and telling the story of Scotland through interactive displays and audio guides, there is nationally significant changing exhibitions and education activities; a gift shop and café with seasonal and local produce; as well as a programme of events for all ages.
Group tours are welcome: please get in touch for more details firstname.lastname@example.org
- Open 09:30 - Closes 17:00
- 01896 809353