Historic home of the Lairds of Galashiels
Old Gala House
Booking tickets in advance is advisable but not essential.
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Set in beautifully maintained grounds near the centre of Galashiels, Old Gala House is an impressive building dating back to 1583. Once home to the Lairds of Galashiels with over 400 years of history, the house is now a vibrant museum and gallery which tells the story of the town and its people.
Galashiels is known for its textile mill industry and Reivers heritage, and the museum brings to life vibrant tales of the town including the story behind its ‘Soor Plooms’ motto. Discover the house’s historical roots as home to the Pringle family, with its fabulous painted ceiling dating from 1635, through to its present day role in Galashiels and learn about the ‘Braw Lads Gathering’ which takes place in the town each year.
Old Gala House also features gallery spaces which showcase a varied programme of contemporary visual art and craft exhibitions and informative displays based on local museum collections. New for 2021 we have The Old Gala Club 1970 and At Home: An exhibition of paintings by Caroline Ann Mordue.
The Clapperton Room hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to locally-born sculptor, Thomas Clapperton (1879-1962), famous for work including the London Liberty Store frieze and the ‘Border Reiver’ war memorial. It contains superb examples of his work and information on his background.
Our gift shop will be open and offers a small range of local quality gifts, books and crafts.
Tickets must be pre-booked in advance but we can allow admission at the door if there is availability.
Admission 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 in the museum.
There is a small gift shop and free wi-fi in the downstairs Pringle Gallery.
The stunning gardens – complete with picnic benches, fountain, waterfall and the SiMBA Tree of Tranquility – are maintained by Gala in Bloom volunteers.
Admission 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.
- Open 11:00 - Closes 16:00
- 01896 752 611
Plan your visit
The stunning gardens – complete with SiMBA tree of tranquility, picnic benches, fountain and waterfall – are maintained by Gala in Bloom volunteers.
There is disabled access to the ground floor, disabled parking, toilets, baby changing and a hearing loop. Assistance dogs are welcome. There is a fax machine and free access to PCs. There are bike racks and the museum is accessible by public transport. Coach tours are welcome.
Admission is free: donations are welcome.