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®.


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



  • Children Welcome


  • Disabled Access
  • Lift

Languages Spoken

  • Gaelic Speaking


  • City Centre

Payment Methods

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

Special Requirements

  • Dogs Welcome

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    Recent Reviews:

    • UpminsterPete
      Upminster, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      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
      Trip Type:
      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
    • 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


    • 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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