The Hirsel Arts & Crafts Centre

Arts & Crafts

The Hirsel Country Park, Coldstream, Berwickshire, TD12 4LW

    The Hirsel Centre for Arts and Crafts offers an array of workshops where visitors can see items being hand-made by skilled craftspeople. The centres other attractions include tearooms, a museum, childrens play area, picnic areas and fine walks.


     Nestling within the Hirsel Estate the craft centre, spread over two courtyards, incorporates a gallery, the Cottage Tearooms and craft workshops where resident artists and craft makers sell a variety of handcrafted work inspired by the wonderful surroundings of the Scottish Borders and Northumberland. Visitors can see items being handmade, buy something direct from the craftspeople or commission something to be made especially for them.

    White Fox Gallery

    Beautiful pictures and exquisite art in a stunning location.  A unique concept for the Scottish Borders, where photography meets painting and nature meets home.  Stephen and Virginie warmly welcome you to their bright and spacious gallery by the lake.  Choose, at your leisure, the perfect artwork to enhance your home or office or to offer as a gift from a wide selection of photographs, paintings, distinctive art furniture, ‘art miniature’ jewellery and many other fabulous artworks.  The gallery also hosts an exhibition programme showcasing individual local makers.

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    Abbey Ceramics is run by painter and potter Peter Lochhead. Well known throughout Scotland for his range of domestic ware and wall plaques, Peter’s bowls, teapots, cups, vases and more come in many styles and designs and are oven and dishwasher proof. Peter also has a gallery of his beautiful watercolour paintings within the pottery. Often drawing inspiration from local scenes Peter’s images are being exhibited nationally. Please visit his website to check availability .Tel. 01890 883160
    Ticketty Boo designs and handcrafts textile home accessories including cushions, aprons, bunting, doorstops and much, much more. Using quality fabrics and funky, original designs these hard wearing accessories will enhance any home. Many items can be personalised making them ideal gifts and the shop also stocks a range of haberdashery and wooden garden and home accessories. Also upcycled vintage furniture, bringing a new lease of life to old furniture in need of a new home.Ticketty Boo has a vibrant online shop at 01890 882833
    Julia Linstead decorates hand-blown 24% lead crystal bowls. Each piece is etched with a unique pattern often drawn from studies of local flora and fauna including fish, flowers, dragonflies and butterflies. Julia often works to commission with her customers for special gifts. The Glass Gallery also shows a stunning array of crystal bottles, paperweights, vases and jewellery by glassmakers from around the North East. Described as “a gem of a shop” visit Julia online at Tel. 01890 882555
    Sleepy ThistleDaisy Dots Boutique

    Handmade hair accessories for babies and girls of all ages...non slip hair clips, headbands, hair ties and more! From everyday wear to something for that special occasion, there are styles to suit every budget.

    Sleepy Thistle

    Sleepy Thistle sells unique and original gifts which are designed and handmade in the Scottish Borders. Beautifully crafted brooches, home accessories, handmade soft toys, felted pictures and accessories, greetings cards and a range of children’s & local interest books. Tel.01890 883535


    Quality handmade leather bags and evening bags, cartridge bags, distressed leather bags, vintage luggage and accessories.

    The Brunnell brand of unique limited edition leather bags are designed and handmade on the premises, commissions welcome. Tel: 0845 0940 415

    The Hirsel Tearooms are open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm. A wide selection of snacks and light meals are freshly made to order and a range of fresh baked cakes, biscuits and hot and cold drinks are always on offer. The Tearoom also has a selection of tempting ices, confectionary and local produce for sale.  So make time during your visit to the Hirsel to relax in this warm and relaxing haven where you can spoil yourself after a good walk or admire your handcrafted purchases over some of the delicious treats on offer. Please contact the Tearooms on 01890 883645 if you would like to book a meal or group in.
    The Centre for Arts and Crafts is open almost every day from 10:30 am to 4:30pm. However the craft workers all have to have some time off and try to take different days so there is always something open, but if you would like to visit one workshop in particular please contact them directly in advance to avoid disappointment.

    The centre is also home to a museum of country life, a photography exhibition documenting a year on the estate, a children’s playground and picnic area. There are many walks throughout the surrounding estate to suit all tastes and abilities. The easy access walk takes in the Hirsel’s famous pedigree herd of highland cattle, longer walks can take you along riverbanks or through woodland. Whatever time of year you visit the Hirsel Estate there is something wonderful to see in the park, from stunning displays of spring bulbs to the glorious rhododendron and azalea wood, the beautiful autumnal colours of the arboreal collection and the crisp winter outlines of the plants. The Hirsel woodlands and lake also attracts a huge variety of wildlife and we have a hide on the lakeside where amongst many other species you can watch the resident kingfishers or the flocks of migratory geese and swans in autumn and spring. 


    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Weekends Estate grounds daylight hours, Homestead 12.30pm to 4.30pm
    1 Sep 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Estate Grounds open all year dawn to dusk
    Cottage Tearooms: Mar - Oct 10am to 5pm, Nov - February 10am -4pm
    Craft workshops: Opening times vary, not every workshop will be open every day of the week. We strongly recommend you contact individual workshops in advance if making a special journey or if you wish to see a particular craft.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site A full menu of snack and light meals hot and cold drinks and cakes freshly made to order, available all day. Confectionary, ices and local produce also in stock


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden Extensive country estate with a range of wooded, river and lake walks suitable for all abilities.

    Payment Methods

    • Cash ATM located in Coldstream town centre.
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Coach Parking On-site Tearoom will take payment for coach parking.
    • Parking A small parking charge applies to cover maintenance of estate grounds. £2.50 per car, 50p per head coaches and mini buses. Season Tickets available from Hirsel Tearooms.


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome Unsupervised play area situated in Hirsel Homestead.
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area unsupervised play ground.


    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome Please contact Hirsel Tearoom directly on 01890 883645 to book refreshments. Please contact the Hirsel Estate 01890 830293 to book visit.
    • Disabled Citizens All craft workshops, tearooms and museum rooms accessible by wheelchair. Tarmaced walk around grounds.
    • Dogs Welcome
    • Groups Welcome Please contact the Hirsel Tearooms on 01890 883645 to book refreshments
    • Pets Welcome
    • Senior Citizens

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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