The Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Ailis S
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rainy day trip to Scottish Tapestry
    We made a plan to visit a local tourist attraction knowing that the weather forecast was rainy for the whole weekend. We made a good choice in visiting the tapestry. The building is beautiful and easy to find in the centre of Gala. The tapestry is so interesting both in terms of Scottish history and culture and the embroidery skills involved. The story and presentation is quite moving in places and it is a proud example of nationwide Scottish community collaboration. There is a lot to read and we took a break for lunch part way through our viewing. The food in the cafe was lovely (just what we needed with a good selection of hot and cold lunch options as well as delicious-looking cakes and scones) and the staff were helpful and efficient. The only negative was the fact that the building was a little over air-conditioned and so slightly chilly - bring a jumper!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • MSF135247
    Keighley, United Kingdom89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed.
    I’m not proud to admit that I went to this reluctantly and not really knowing much about it. I assumed 30 minutes would be enough. I was very wrong! 2 hours was not enough. This is a fabulous display showing skilful craftsmanship and it provides a detailed account of Scotland’s history in a surprising salient way. Don’t think twice about the ticket price. You’ll come out of here reeling with stuff you never knew about, and full of admiration for the skilful people who put these tapestries together.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • David T
    Weybridge, United Kingdom215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Deal To See
    Very interesting display of Scottish history. 160 panels to see each with printed information about that time in history. We ate in the coffee shop on arrival and then went to see the Tapestry. It is better to view some of it, come out and have a break and then go back to see more. Tickets last all day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Moira W
    Doncaster, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant
    This was amazing the history seems to come alive, simply told. The people that worked on these tapestries are very talented and must have lots of patience! Remarkable, it was good they told some of their own back stories too.we were there about 3/31/2 hrs and could have stayed longer🙂
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
  • tripure
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely not just for lovers of stitching
    What a delightful and creative way to tell the story of Scotland from before land even existed! You don’t need to be a lover of stitching although you can’t fail to be in awe of the way our history is brought to life in thread. There are a few small paragraphs of text to tell the history behind each panel- some also have a kids corner challenging the younger visitors to find something in the panel. We spent 2.5hrs here but should have planned for longer. The cafe food is delicious, of excellent quality and well presented.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Katie
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit!
    I wasn't sure what to expect but the Great Tapestry of Scotland is phenomenal. Such an interesting way to tell the history of Scotland and it was really fun to see the names and locations of the weavers on the interpretive text. Definitely worth the visit -- not too far from Edinburgh, just a quick hour train to Gala!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Mildred_K
    Los Angeles, California185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! Extraordinary project and museum!
    What a fantastic museum! Needlework and the story of the creation of these masterpieces is fascinating! It is a modern museum and exceedingly well-designed. I’m not a stitchery craftsperson but I loved that they had magnifying glasses to use to look at the needlework! I think that this is “must do” while in Scotland attraction. The needlework is beautiful, and it is such a lovely way to learn about Scottish history! Included one picture that summarizes the scope of the project.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Kate G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Gem in Galashiels
    Beautiful building to house this astonishing sewn unique history of Scotland. In awe of what I learned and the beauty and creativity of the work. Needs more than one visit to really do it justice. On top of that the staff were all very friendly and helpful
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 February 2024
  • johnhouston2
    Knaresborough, United Kingdom5,230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magnificent and inspiring thing to see.
    The Great Tapestry of Scotland is situated in a beautifully designed, purpose built building in the centre of Galashiels. The building also has an excellent cafe in the foyer. Rather than one huge tapestry, each period of history or important event is given its own tapestry with an accompanying explanatory note. In all there are 160 panels which, if put together, would measure 143 metres (469 ft) long. The panels were hand-stitched by 1000 people from all over Scotland and I like the fact that their names are listed by the tapestries that they produced. One statistic I found disappointing and rather sad is that the tapestry has attracted less than 50% of the estimated visitors, which is a shame on so many levels and you have to assume that location is the biggest contributing factor. There’s nothing wrong with Galashiels, but its tourist footfall is bound to be tiny in comparison with Edinburgh, Glasgow or one of the other Scottish cities, and I am in no doubt that if this magnificent display was in a more high profile location it would become one of the most famous attractions in Scotland. Quite simply, this is a magnificent thing to see - and you would need several visits to do it justice.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 February 2024
  • Janette59
    Haddington, United Kingdom769 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    The tapestry was amazing. I had wanted to see it for a while. I have recently completed an embroidery sampler myself, and appreciated it all the more. The amount of work that has gone into it is quite phenomenal. I’m glad it was quiet when we visited, as it allowed space to stand back and see the panels, and also time to look at the stitching detail close up. We learned quite a lot about Scottish history along the way as well. I had the book from the library but that really doesn’t show any of the stitch detail. It needs to be seen in person. I was a little disappointed there weren’t many stitching items for sale in the shop. I would’ve liked to buy something.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2024
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Sara B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Wow, what an amazing project and such amazing skill. Well worth seeing (ideally more than once - there's a lot to take in!) The tapestry is well laid out, with useful information about each screen, and there's a nice cafe and little gift shop when you're finished
Written 3 July 2024
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Matt_Martins
Seattle, WA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
An incredible creation, some good activity sheets to keep kids busy so make sure to ask for those if visiting with children. Good cafe, could spend hours here!
Written 30 June 2024
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SunflowerLavender
Cambridge, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We were visiting Galashiels for something else, and a friend said we had to visit this.

They were so right. Such an amazing collaborative work telling Scottish history from ancient right up to the modern day. We spent hours staring at the wotk in the panels and went around twice. Loved being able to come back later the same day on the same ticket for a second look.

Do use the magnifying glasses that they have - you can see the stitching even better!
Written 19 June 2024
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Anne M
London, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Beautifully presented and fascinating history of Scotland. The amount of work involved is incredible. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 16 June 2024
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LangToonTraveller
Auchterarder, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Amazing tapestry depicting the history of Scotland and created by stitchers across the country. Incredible attention to detail and worth re-examining more than once as there is always something new to see. Well laid out. Audio commentary available via their App - worth taking your headphones. Friendly staff. Good coffee and shortbread in the cafe.
Written 6 June 2024
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Gillian W
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What an astonishing piece of work. Set in a fantastic building with a good wee cafe and lovely staff.
160+ tapestry panels, set out with background info at each, plus occasional interesting back stories.
An Absolute Must See !
Written 27 May 2024
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richard r
Borgue, UK354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Housed in a dog friendly new building this is a wonderful place to visit.
The embroidery is fantastic. The process of getting it made fascinating. The history of Scotland well represented in well judged .panels.
Even those not interested in embroidery will be impressed by the art and the history.
I spent about 45 minutes going round ( because we were swapping dog supervision dutes) but could have been enthralled for far longer, there are so many details.
The cafe has a good range of food and drink, allows dogs in and offered water and treats for them.
Written 8 May 2024
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Alan B
United Kingdom23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The whole experience, from the concept through to the dedicated building housing the Tapestry is fabulous. From being likely the longest tapestry in the world to the story each panel and the whole collection tells of Scotland and its people, this really is an unmissable visit. A couple of hours at a bare minimum is needed to view the displays, but realistically a second visit would be best. You will not recall every detail, even if you have seen them, such is the intensity of the experience here. This is a visit best undertaken with time in hand and a very clear head, such is the vastness of the information to be consumed. Quite simply, this is a must do experience when in the area. The App for phones, offering an audio insight into many of the panels is confusing but is currently undergoing a revamp, hopefully resulting in a better integrated offer. The food in the Stitchers restaurant is excellent, allowing for a decently priced coffee break or lunch away from the exhibition. A truly 5 star visitor experience.
Written 28 April 2024
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10cross
Bath, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This was a thought provoking visit. So many pieces of history came up. The tapestry made by people of Scotland each with their history. The lady who added a helicopter as her husband had been killed in one. I could have spent all day there. The cafe was very good too. I feel children of any age would find something of interest. History, comedy, sport. I learnt a lot about Scotland so worth a visit.
Written 15 April 2024
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Janette59
Haddington, UK769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The tapestry was amazing. I had wanted to see it for a while. I have recently completed an embroidery sampler myself, and appreciated it all the more. The amount of work that has gone into it is quite phenomenal. I’m glad it was quiet when we visited, as it allowed space to stand back and see the panels, and also time to look at the stitching detail close up. We learned quite a lot about Scottish history along the way as well. I had the book from the library but that really doesn’t show any of the stitch detail. It needs to be seen in person.
I was a little disappointed there weren’t many stitching items for sale in the shop. I would’ve liked to buy something.
Written 10 April 2024
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