Old Gala House

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.





As well the Museum, it features several exhibition spaces which showcase a very busy and varied programme of contemporary arts and crafts-touring exhibitions

The Thomas Clapperton Room is 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 as well as information about his background

The Pringle Café and Gallery is open throughout the day, with a Gift Shop, free wifi and a variety of refreshments

Take a look at our Museums & Galleries Guide 2018 and our Summer Arts Activities on the right to find out what's on here and at our other museums & galleries to help plan your visit.

Admission to Old Gala House is free.

We currently have exhibiting ‘Scotland’s War – Our War in Quilts’ a touring exhibition of quilts made by the Milton Quilters to mark the centenary of WW1, the exhibition also includes the Blighty Scheme Panels.

Old Gala House will open this weekend to show the Quilts from:
Saturday 10th November: 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday 11th November: 13:00 - 15:00.

The crafts will be creating various Poppy crafts, for all ages though children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost £2.50 per person per craft to include all materials
Craft times:   Saturday 10:00 – 12:00, and 13:00-15:00
          Sunday 13:00 – 15:00

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 01750 726456

Access and Facilities

Wheelchair access to the ground floor. Disabled access to the upper floor is limited and is via a stair lift. Facilities, including disabled toilet, are located on the ground floor. Guide dogs allowed.


Free private car parking at the front of the building.

The building also serves as an events venue all year round hosting meetings, workshops, weddings, conferences and more. The well tended gardens feature a waterfall and fountain making it a perfect location for relaxing in peaceful surroundings. For more details contact venues@liveborders1.org.uk

Contact details

Scott Crescent

Tel: 01896 752 611