Old Gala House

Our exhibition spaces and café have now closed for the 2017 season. We are busy planning and preparing our brand new programme for 2018 and will re-open Saturday 24th March 2018. We look forward to welcoming you then!

Events - we are launching an exciting series of sessions designed especially for babies and toddlers (and their grown ups!) looking at art and museums. These will run from Jan - March 2018. Call 01750 726456 for details.

Venue - Old Gala House is open all year round for venue and event hire. For more details contact venues@liveborders1.org.uk


Visit Old Gala House, a striking composite building set in beautiful gardens nestled in the heart of Galashiels. Dating back to 1583, this historic building bears the traces of its fascinating history and the changing times. Once home to the Lairds of Galashiels, the house is now a vibrant museum and gallery which tells the story of the town and its people through permanent displays such as The Clapperton Room and the rare 17th century painted ceiling.

Old Gala House also hosts a lively and varied exhibition programme of visual art, local interest and educational exhibitions throughout the season. This year sees highlights such as Warhol to Walker in partnership with the British Museum as well as shows by local painters, printers and stonecarvers. We also run artist led workshops and talks in conjunction with our exhibitions.

Take a look at our Museums & Galleries Guide 2017 to find out what's on here and at our other museums & galleries to help plan your visit.

Along with the exhibition spaces, Old Gala House has a café with free wifi and a gift shop. The building also serves as an events venue all year round hosting meetings, workshops, weddings, conferences etc. The well tended gardens feature a waterfall and fountain making it a perfect location for relaxing in peaceful surroundings.

We are happy to accommodate specially arranged group visits and educational events connected with the venue, collections or exhibitions. For details or to make arrangements, please contact Assistant Curator, Phoebe Stewart 01750 726456

Admission to Old Gala House is free.


Access and Facilities

Ramp at the rear of the building for ground floor wheelchair access. Upper level accessed via two separate stairways and disabled access via a stair lift. Toilet facilities, including disabled toilet, are located on the ground floor.


Free private car parking at the front of the building.

Contact details

Scott Crescent

Tel: 01896 752 611