Ever had the chance to see a tapestry up close and really examine it? If not, you’re in luck! Dovecot Gallery has dedicated its space to displaying tapestries and rugs of various sizes, styles and craftsmanship. They have curated their space in such a way that you can spend a whole day marvelling at these incredible works of art and learning about the skill it takes to create them.

Where can I learn more about tapestry in Edinburgh?

Full of history and located in the centre of Edinburgh, Dovecot Gallery opens its doors to those interested in viewing tapestries up close!

Established in 1912, Dovecot has a rich and deep-rooted history in the lives of weavers, as it created a space for them to gather and showcase their art while being part of a community. They began their exhibitions in 2008 and since then their works have been displayed in several locations, including the British Library. Not only that but they have also been used as part of dance performances!

They also have a café on-site offering healthy and delicious locally sourced food for sit in or takeaway, so why not stop for lunch as well? What are you waiting for? Come and be captivated by these masterpieces in person!

  • Dovecot Gallery and shop are open Monday to Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm
  •  Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony is open Monday to Friday from 12 pm – 3 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
  • Pinks at Dovecot café is open Monday to Saturday 8.30 am – 5 pm (sit in and takeaway)
  • Bookings are not required but, to ensure a trip it is recommended
  • Specific tapestry exhibitions require booking beforehand, eg. Archie Brennan Tapestry Goes Pop
  • Group visits are also available – check prices and further details on the website
  • Virtual Tours are also available
  • Several events and workshops are available – check on the website
  • Accessible, central location

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