Heart Of Hawick

Arts Centres

Heart Of Hawick, Hawick, Roxburghshire, TD9 0AE

    Watch a film, look out for wildlife and learn about the Scottish Borders’ textile heritage at the Heart of Hawick arts and heritage centre.

    The award-winning Heart of Hawick comprises of two derelict buildings in the town's West End, creating fantastic facilities including the Tower Mill, the Heritage Hub, civic space and the Textile Towerhouse.

    A derelict spinning mill and Category A listed building, Tower Mill is unique in Scotland in that it sits on a massive arch over the Slitrig Water and incorporates a 14 ft high Victorian waterwheel. Tower Mill has been completely transformed into a cinema/theatre with film or live events on every day, a café/bar serving hot food and drinks, and a VisitScotland Visitor Information Centre. Facilities also include meeting and conference spaces, and underwater cameras so you can spot nearby otters, heron, bats and salmon.

    Formerly the Corn Exchange, the Heritage Hub is now the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre providing research and archive services for existing and non-traditional audiences including clans and family history societies, archive and genealogy businesses, international visitors and young people. The professionally qualified staff have extensive local knowledge and experience and the exhibition space boasts regularly changing exhibitions.

    Connecting the campus, the civic space is an external performance and community space, an outdoor café bar in fine weather, a site for civic artwork, a home to farmers' and continental markets and a river viewpoint.

    The Borders Textile Towerhouse tells the fascinating story of the people, processes, craft and history behind the region’s textile heritage. The museum features lively hands-on exhibitions and is a great day out for the whole family.


    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available

    Leisure Facilities

    • Entertainment Available
    • Gift Shop

    Special Requirements

    • No Pets Allowed
    • School Groups Welcome


    • 24hr CCTV
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area


    • Town Centre


    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Private Car Space
    • Public Parking Nearby

    Road Directions

    A7 Galashiels & Edinburgh:
    Hawick from A7. At Leisure Centre, turn right (3rd junction) into Commercial Rd, signposted for Carlisle. Continue along Commercial Rd to Pelican Crossing. Turn right across zebra crossing then first left into Victoria Rd then left into the Common Haugh Car Park.
    Enter Hawick on Weensland Rd and continue till roundabout next to Morrison's. Turn
    right (3rd junction) and head to roundabout at Leisure Centre, turn first
    left into Commercial Road, signposted Carlisle. Continue along Commercial Road to
    Pelican Crossing. Turn right across zebra crossing then first left into
    Victoria Rd then left into Common Haugh Car Park.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- TIC is located within Tower Mill

    Getting there by railway:- Nearest rail station is Carlisle (c. 44 miles), Berwick (c. 42 miles) or Edinburgh (c. 52 miles)

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Nearest commercial airport is Edinburgh (c. 58 miles) or Newcastle (c. 60 miles)

    Getting there by ferry:- Nearest commercial ferry is Rosyth (c. 70 miles) or Newcastle (c. 66 miles)

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