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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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®.

 

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    Recent Reviews:

    • buddhastummy
      Calgary, Canada
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Interesting and cheap
      5 of 5 stars
      1st November 2018
      I found this very interesting and would suggest that this is a must to understand Lewis/Harris' culture and history. I went because I am interested in fabric. However, it did provide much more... Read full review
    • UpminsterPete
      Upminster, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Brief overview of Harris Tweed
      3 of 5 stars
      25th June 2019
      I thought this would be a good explanation about Harris tweed. But bearing in mind you have to pay, The exhibition is just one room and I felt the content was rather lightweight (unlike the tweed... Read full review
    • Mad-on-Maldives
      East Yorkshire
      Beautiful building
      4 of 5 stars
      27th October 2019
      This beautiful building, the home of the Harris Tweed Authority, houses an exhibition detailing the history and development of Harris tweed industry over the years. £2 admission fee ( £3 with weaving... Read full review

    Awards

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

    Opening Times

    Open all year (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

    * Please note: Due to Covid-19, all visits should be prior arranged by emailing or phoning us.
    Open all year, Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm
    Entry £2 (£3 includes weaving demonstration)

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