West Kilbride Craft Town Scotland

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The Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, KA23 9AR

    West Kilbride, Scotland’s only designated craft town, samples the wealth of craft and design talent from Scotland and the U.K.

    West Kilbride, Scotland’s only designated craft town, samples the wealth of craft and design talent from Scotland and the U.K. This highly rated visitor attraction features 9 studios and the award winning Barony Centre.  In this beautifully converted former church, visitors can see innovative exhibitions, choose from a range of exquisitely crafted objects and take part in creative activities. Additionally, they can stroll through our picturesque town, meet makers in their studios and visit the town’s independent retailers, all within easy walking distance of the town centre.

    West Kilbride, Craft Town Scotland, promotes open studios all year round alongside the recent £1.7m development, The Barony Centre. Scotland has a wealth of craft and design talent producing inspirational craftwork; Craft Town Scotland offers visitors the unique opportunity to see and select innovative craft and design in one easily accessible location.

    A community inspired development, the creation of Scotland’s first designated Craft Town has transformed the town centre and helped raised the profile of West Kilbride as a better place to live, work and visit. Our contribution to both the local and national cultural landscape has been recognised by West Kilbride’s Craft Town Scotland's winning a Year of Creative Scotland, Creative Place Award 2012.

    The Barony Centre

    We are particularly excited about the launch of our dynamic new £1.7m development, The Barony Centre: Craft Exhibition Education and Events venue which opened its doors to the public in May 2012.

    Recently recognised for its stunning design, The Barony Centre was awarded a coveted Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award 2012. Hosting the very best traditional, contemporary craft, design and cross-art form touring shows from the UK and beyond, The Barony Centre has already established a reputation for attracting a diverse selection of exhibitions to challenge and delight audiences.

    Our gallery shop offers visitors a varied selection of original, quality craft and design work. We display giftware made by skilled semi-professional crafters; we also promote the work of professional designer makers, from those recently graduated to those who have established international reputations.

    The Barony Centre provides a complementary series of creative activities, with classes for beginners right up to Masterclasses for experienced makers.  We work with schools, groups and individuals; we have arranged drop-in classes for toddlers, children and young people and hosted some of the country's most  innovative practitioners as resident artists.

    Open: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12noon - 5pm

    The Craft Studios

    West Kilbride's Craft Town Scotland, boasts 9 craft studios dotted along the town's main street.  Promoting open studios all year round, these are workshops with the added bonus of a display area, where visitors can meet craft makers and see work designed and produced on site. We are fortunate to have craft makers of the highest standard, from the latest recent talent to those with an international reputation.

    The craft studio makers also promote craft skills, working with local school children, young people and local groups.  Many arrange craft workshops for members of the public, with specially designed projects for new enthusiasts and experienced hands.

    Open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am – 4.30pm
    Some Studios have extended open days.
    For further information visit the Craft Studio Directory: www.crafttownscotland.org
    (We recommend you call before travelling specifically to visit the studios).

    3 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 12:00 17:00

    The Barony Centre cafe opens 7 days a week, 10am with last orders at 4pm, except Sunday 12noon with last orders at 4pm


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Barony Bites Cafe Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 10am with last orders at 4pm
    • Lunch Available Barony Bites Cafe Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 10am with last orders at 4pm
    • Patio/Beer Garden Barony Bites Cafe: Decking area Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 10am with last orders at 4pm
    • Tea & Coffee Available Barony Bites Cafe Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 10am with last orders at 4pm


    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Toilets Fully accessible throughout

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop Exquisitely made traditional and contemporary craft and design. Price range: under £10 - £100 for giftware, £100 - £2000 for collectible craft and design.
    • Indoor Recreational Facilities The Barony Centre hosts a programme of temporary craft, design and cross-art form exhibitions with complementary creative activities. Our craft studios open to the public a minimum of 3 days per week:Thurs, Fri & Sat. Please see our website for details.

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point Designated parking at The Kings Arms Car Park which is 2 minutes from the Barony Centre.
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking Designated Craft Town Scotland parking is available at The Community Centre, Corse Terrace. Please follow Brown Tourism signs. There are other available parking spaces in the surrounding area.
    • Public Parking Nearby


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • 24hr CCTV
    • Closed Circuit TV
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Rural Location Situated on the North Ayrshire coastline overlooking the Isle of Arran, Seamill and Portencross beaches are within 10 to 20 mins walk of the town centre.
    • Town Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome On-site parking for coaches is not yet available, however we can arrange for parties to be dropped off at The Barony Centre, with alternative parking for coaches within 5 - 10 mins of the town centre. Please email: maggie@crafttownscotland.org
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome We can offer exhibition tours or craft and design based activities by prior arrangement. If you wish to take advantage of these, please email: maggie@crafttownscotland.org in advance of your proposed visit.
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Unaccompanied Children
    • Young People

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- Glasgow Central Station, First Scotrail Route 18 : Glasgow - Ardrossan/Largs. Take the main exit from West Kilbride Station which will lead you to the station garden and car park. Follow the left-hand path onto Cubrieshaw Street, cross over and follow Burnside Place which leads directly onto Main Street. Directions to all facilities can be obtained from W.K. Initiative Shop midway down Main Street.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Leave the M8 at junction 28A, just after Glasgow Airport. The slip road takes you onto the A737 signed for Irvine. Continue through Beith and into Dalry.

    Getting there by ferry:- Ardrossan Harbour, Caledonian Macbrayne : Ardrossan -
    Brodick(Arran) - Ardrossan
    Exit ferry terminal and follow Harbour Street leading directly to Glasgow Street. At the top of Glasgow Street turn left at traffic lights and head north along A78 Largs. West Kilbride is signposted to left. Follow directions to Town Centre which will lead to Main Street. Directions to all facilities can be obtained from W.K. Initiative Shop, 86 Main Street.

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