The Harris Tweed® Story Room

Town Hall, 2 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS1 2DB

Type:Harris Tweed

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About

World-renowned Harris Tweed® cloth is handwoven at islanders’ homes in the Outer Hebrides. It is the only fabric in the world protected by Act of Parliament. You can discover its story right here in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.

The Harris Tweed® Story Room is a small exhibition in the beautifully restored Town Hall – near to ferry terminal and bus station. It is hosted at the offices of the Harris Tweed Authority (Guardians of the Orb and brand regulators of the Harris Tweed® industry).

We offer a family-friendly multi-sensory experience and audio tour, which takes you through the history and process of producing our iconic cloth.

There are two working looms – the double-width industry standard and traditional single-width (over 100 years old) still used by independent weavers. We have recently added a warping frame, which sits beside our pirn winder. Don’t know what these are? Don’t worry! Members of our friendly Harris Tweed Authority team are on hand to answer your questions.

Weaving demonstrations occur throughout the summer and we welcome private tours.

You may know the basics of our story or be a Harris Tweed® aficionado, but there is something for everyone to discover at the home of Harris Tweed®.

 

Guide Prices

For weaving demonstrations, tickets are priced at £5 a head
General admission during drop-in times without a guided tour or demonstration is by donation.

All proceeds support the maintenance of the Story Room and the activities of the Harris Tweed Authority Educational Trust

Facilities

Children

  • Children Welcome

Facilities

  • Disabled Access
  • Lift

Languages Spoken

  • Gaelic Speaking

Location

  • City Centre

Payment Methods

  • American Express Card
  • Cash
  • Debit Card
  • Mastercard
  • VISA Card

Special Requirements

  • Dogs Welcome

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Mel B
      Harris Tweed Story
      1 of 5 stars
      11th June 2023
      Sadly despite lots of references on various websites this venue is closed to the public, so was annoyed when we turned up and found it closed. After that we found another reference online saying it... Read full review
    • sarahmB4595BI
      Derbyshire, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Definitely worth a visit
      4 of 5 stars
      8th June 2024
      Interesting presentation and friendly knowledgeable presenter with a chance to ‘have a go’ too It was also nice to take the opportunity to shelter from the wet and windy weather! Read full review
    • Sally W
      Stiry of Harris tweed
      5 of 5 stars
      29th June 2024
      The staff were delightful- so kind and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend it to others. Anyone who wishes to operate the loom may do so. Read full review

    Awards

    • Other AwardsSilver Listing Silver Listing 2013
    • Other AwardsOuter Hebrides Tourism Member Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020

    Opening Times

    Open for the Summer Season 2023 (7 June 2023 - 24 Aug 2023)

    * We do have one day left, Thursday the 24th Aug from 10am, that people can book into the Story Room, with a weaver arranged.

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