Dovecot Studios
Dovecot Studios
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Dovecot is a world-renowned tapestry studio in the heart of Edinburgh and a landmark centre for contemporary art, craft, and design. Established in 1912, Dovecot continues a century-long heritage of collaboration with international artists to make exceptional and engaging works of art. Come visit our Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony to see our weavers at work, and explore our exhibitions which delve into contemporary craft, art, and design. Don't miss Dovecot Shop for the best in contemporary Scottish design, and Dovecot Studios Cafe for fresh-brewed coffee, tempting cakes, warming soups and delicious salads and sandwiches. All ingredients are sourced locally with gluten-free and vegan options available.
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James H
Arnold, MD978 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely gallery for fine art and weaving. Check the times so you can go to the gallery and observe the weavers at work and do stop at the art gallery. We were there in late September for the Scottish Women Artists exhibition which is super and continues until early January I believe.
Written 8 October 2023
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Paul S
13 contributions
Jan 2023
Popped in after having a lovely lunch at the Dovecot Cafe. Went upstairs to the viewing gallery to see some amazing tapestry and rugs whilst watching the weavres in action on the floor below
Written 24 January 2023
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vessi80
North Lanarkshire, UK1,080 contributions
Sep 2022
Housed in the old Infirmary Street Victorian Baths for about 14 years , history totally weaves through these studios. Dovecot are renowned worldwide and special pieces can be found in the Writers Museum and National Museum of Scotland .
The Alan Davie exhibition had this stunning setting to show off his Celtic Spirit 11 and Cosmic Spiral Tapestry designs. There was also plenty of vibrant artwork layered on black background with reptilian coils to charm you.
The Raphael exhibition was a pure' dolce vita' of digital design and totally 'transfigured' my rudimentary Raphael knowledge. Finally you face the Dovecot tribute, a truly modern take on the' Draught of the Fishes'- what a catch !
XXL thanks to Maeve at the desk for her help and info about the viewing gallery and future events.
Maeve also led me to see the wonderful tapestry 'lengths' in the cafe.
Written 23 September 2022
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rockNrobin84
Beersheva, Israel77 contributions
Jun 2022
A wonderful find. It was fabulous watching the weavers work. They have a free viewing gallery from 12-3 p.m. that you can observe weavers at work. They also have different kinds of weavers which was very interesting.
Written 25 June 2022
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marianne s
St. Albans, UK36 contributions
May 2022
Tell people before they pay that the viewing gallery that we have come to see is closed today for an event.
Provide toilet paper in the toilet.
Provide an uptodate leaflet on what is available not one from last month.
Tell people before they pay that the cafe is closed for two weeks.
Try to look as though you welcome visitors rather than gazing at your computers all the time .
Written 21 May 2022
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Mairead B
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Aug 2021
First visit on 20th August 2021 but will definitely be back. I have never had a nicer welcome to an Edinburgh gallery or attraction. Unprompted the young man greeted us, explained the set up of the exhibitions, advised where the toilets were and suggested the order we should walk round.

We had booked for the Brennan exhibition which was well laid out and interesting. The upper floor is a beautiful space where you can watch the weavers at work.

Pinks cafe gave us beautiful and reasonably priced food and again the staff were welcoming and helpful.
Written 21 August 2021
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Andrew Kyle
Manchester, UK10 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Superb off-the-beaten-track (but very central) artistic experience. The viewing gallery - which is a beautiful space in itself - gives you a fascinating view of professional weavers of the highest quality at work below you. There are two large exhibition spaces dedicated to weavings or tapestries, usually modern and excellently curated. There's a good bookshop and a really lovely cafe. Great place to escape the tourist grind for an hour or two.
Written 1 August 2021
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Neuk H
Crail, UK1 contribution
Nov 2020 • Couples
Just had THE best lunch at Pinks cafe at the Dovecot studios. Highly recommend, fantastic food, delightful staff and super value. I’ll definitely be back!
Written 6 November 2020
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So glad that you enjoyed your lunch at Pinks at Dovecot! They are currently doing takeaways, and we can't wait to be able to fully open our doors again!
Written 12 January 2021
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Rosie B
Edinburgh, UK18 contributions
Aug 2020
First visit since re opening and went to see the Conran to Quant Fashion exhibition. Well laid out, helpful and friendly staff explaining new systems, toilets and cafe open as well as Dazzle Jewellery exhibition. Book ahead for Conran but felt very safe with 1 way system and plenty sanitiser. Go- support them!
Written 27 August 2020
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Thank you for visit Rosie! We're so glad to hear you had a safe and enjoyable experience at Dovecot Studios. We'll be sure to pass on your wonderful feedback to our staff, and look forward to your next visit.
Written 28 August 2020
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,078 contributions
Aug 2020
We visited the Studios a few years ago and were delighted to see it has reopened, giving us the chance to enjoy a well researched and presented exhibition covering the period “ From Conran to Quant”. Whilst we have seen some of the items before, there were a number of new exhibits and the best part of an hour was easily filled. Then from midday we were able to access the gallery overlooking the present weavers and their work. Additionally there are some very good pictures and art works within the gallery, where even the building itself, a converted swimming bath deserves inspection. Fascinating and well worth a visit. At the present time the popular cafe is closed.
Written 15 August 2020
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Thank you for visiting us last summer, and we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the exhibition and our tapestry studio viewing balcony. In November we opened a new cafe, Pinks at Dovecot, so hopefully you'll have the chance to visit us again soon!
Written 12 January 2021
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