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Set in stunning gardens

Old Gala House

Overview

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, such as the story behind its ‘soor plooms’ motto. The museum takes you from the house’s historical roots as home to the Pringle family, with its painted ceiling dating from 1635, right through to its present day role in Galashiels, with information on the ‘Braw Lads Gathering’. This happens every year in the town and is based on a poem written by Robert Burns about Galashiels.

As well as the museum, Old Gala House features several exhibition spaces which showcase a very busy and varied programme of contemporary arts and crafts exhibitions. The Clapperton Room also hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to locally-born sculptor, Thomas Clapperton (1879-1962), famous for the London Liberty Store frieze and ‘Border Reiver’ war memorial. It contains superb examples of his work and information on his background.

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Plan your visit

Scott and Pringle Rooms only
Wifi access
Free parking
Disabled parking
No food only cakes, open April-October
Café
Hearing loop
Disabled toilets
Toilets
Public access PCs
April-Oct opening
Shop
Bike racks
Bus stop on Bank Street, 5 mins walk
Accessible by public transport
Assistance dogs only
Dogs / assistance dogs
Free admission
Bus parking at focus centre
Coach Tours welcome
Partial to first floor
Disabled access
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The Pringle Café and Gallery is open throughout the day, with a gift shop, free Wi-Fi and a variety of refreshments. 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.

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Scott Crescent

Galashiels, TD1 3JS

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Opening Times

June - August
  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

April – May
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00-16:00 (Open Easter Sunday and Easter Monday)

June – August
Monday – Saturday 10:00-16:00
Sunday 13:00-16:00

September
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00-16:00, Sunday 13:00-16:00

October
Tuesday – Friday 13:00-16:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00, Sunday 13:00-16:00

Closed Wednesday 31 July