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Where Scotland's story begins


CLICK HERE to visit The Great Tapestry of Scotland!

The latest addition to Scotland’s national cultural scene was unveiled as world-renowned author Alexander McCall Smith, whose vision it was to create a tapestry telling the history of Scotland, carefully positioned the 160th and final tapestry panel in place with chief stitcher Dorie Wilkie. Read more here. 

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 brand new purpose built national exhibition centre and visitor experience housing the Tapestry will open in 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 will be 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.

The first exhibit to be housed alongside the Tapestry, will be Iconic Scotland. Designed to inspire and uplift people after its opening, those contributing stories for the new Iconic Scotland exhibit include Outlander star Sam Heughan, brewing science pioneer and human rights activist Sir Geoff Palmer, actress Joanna Lumley, Shetland author Ann Cleeves, athlete Liz McColgan, rugby heroes Doddie Weir and Chris Paterson, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, charity Tiny Changes (with words from the late Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison), NHS Borders Clinical Director Dr Jonathan Aldridge and sports broadcaster Jill Douglas. More information HERE.

Group tours are welcome: please get in touch for more details

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14-20 High Street
Galashiels, UK

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Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sunday 09:00 - 17:30

Last admission one hour before closure