Places To Visit
Visit Scotland iCentre - Tourist Information
The Hawick Visit Scotland iCentre in addition to information stocks a range of local gifts and maps and operates the box office for the town’s cinema and theatre. They can also provide accommodation bookings and Historic Scotland Passes.
It’s 3 minutes walking distance from our Guest House. When you leave our premises turn left, pass the roundabout and go over the bridge. Just after the bridge go to the other side of the road. The iCentre is in the building with the glass balcony located over the river.
Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick Campus, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE
Monday, Wednesday: 10am – 5.30pm;
Tuesday, Thursday: 10am – 6.15pm;
Friday, Saturday: 10am – 7.15pm;
Sunday: noon – 2.45pm;
Phone: 1450 373993;
The Heart of Hawick - Cinema, Cafe, Museum, Gift Shop and more
The Hearth of Hawick is one of the major tourist places in Hawick. It is located in three buildings: Tower Mill (Cafe, Cinema, Tourist Information), Heritage Hub (Scottish Borders archives, Family History) and Textile Towerhouse (Textile Industry Museum, Gift Shop). Many events are held there so check their website for details or just collect an event list from our hotel.
CAFE – they serve light snacks and drinks. Almost every Monday there is a live music event called “String Theory”. Usually it is free of charge.
CINEMA – it is a small, one screen cinema that most of week operates only once a day (6pm on Monday-Thursday, 7pm on Fridays, 4pm and 7pm on Saturdays, 2.30pm on Sundays). Check the Heart of Hawick website or ask one of our staff for full listing of screenings.
The Heart of Hawick is about 2 minutes walking distance from our premises. When you leave our hotel turn left and pass the roundabout. Go through the bridge and then cross the road.
Heart of Hawick, Kirkstile, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 0AE
CAFE OPENING TIMES
Monday, Friday: 9am – 10pm;
Tuesday, Thursday: 9am – 7.30pm;
Wednesday: 9am – 5.30pm;
Saturday: 9am – 9.30pm;
Sunday: 10am – 5pm;
Please note: opening hours may vary to accommodate special events.
BORDERS TEXTILE TOWERHOUSE OPENING TIMES
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4.30pm;
Sunday: noon – 3pm;
November – March:
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm;
Tuesday, Sunday: Closed;
Wilton Lodge Park - Musem, Children's Playground, Cafe
Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick is a really beautiful place – perfect for a relaxing walk, jogging or cycling in any season. Riverside and tree-lined walks, waterfall, wooden sculptures, formal gardens, lovely flower beds and that it is clean and very well maintained, makes it one of the most picturesque town parks in the Scotland. Along with lovely scenery there are also a few open large grass areas, rugby and football pitches, tennis courts, a bandstand area (with many live events throughout the year), children playground, cafe, museum and art gallery.
MUSEUM – Inside you will find Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop exhibitions (Hawick-born motorcycle champions), history and nature displays (with some activities for kids), an art gallery and some other (changing throughout the year) exhibitions. Admission is free of charge. There is a gift shop in the museum as well.
CAFE – unfortunately the park cafe is currently closed for renovation.
TENNIS COURTS – They can be booked online for £5 per hour through Hawick Tennis Club Website.
It’s about 5 minutes walking distance from our hotel. To go there when you leaving our premises turn right and go over the bridge. Then cross the road and go along the river (it should be on your left side). After a few minutes walk you will see an entrance gate to the park. Of course there are many other entrances to the park, but this one is closest to our hotel.
There is free parking accessed from Buccleuch Street – is not too well sign posted – the entry to it is just after the large rugby pitch on right side when you are driving towards Carlisle on the A7 (before you leave the town). There are also some other parking spaces accessed from Wilton Park Road, and two parking spaces for disabled just next to the museum.
Museum address is: Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 7JL.
PARK & KIDS PLAYGROUND
Free admission – opened all year.
April – September opening times:
Monday- Friday: 10am-12pm and 1pm-5pm;
Saturday, Sunday: 2pm-5pm;
October – March opening times:
Monday-Friday: noon – 3pm;
Sunday: 1pm – 3pm
Phone: 01450 364747
Currently closed for renovation;
Leisure Centre - Swimming Pool, Gym, Cafe, Some Activities for all ages
Teviotdale Leisure Centre is a sport & leisure centre operated by “Live Borders”. Inside you will find a pool, steam room, gym, squash courts, table tennis tables, cafe and a tiny soft play area. Soft play costs £2.50 per child and for the size it offers it is very overpriced, but the pool is nice and has a designated toddler area. There are also many sports classes and activities for people of all ages. Check the Live Borders Website for all details.
Hawick Leisure Centre is about 10 minutes walking distance from our guest house. The easiest way to go is to turn right after you leave our premises and go along the road (Commercial Road) for about 10 minutes to the big roundabout. Cross the roundabout and the leisure centre is on your left.
Teviotdale Leisure Centre, Mansfield Road, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 8AG
Johnstons Visitor Centre - Knitwear and Cashmere Shop, Cafe, Mill Tours
Hawick is world famous for its knitwear industry and its cashmere mills. Johnston’s of Elgin is one of the oldest knitwear companies in Scotland. They have a visitor centre with a cafe and offer mill tours for those who likes to see how the garments are made. Mill Tours are only available during mill working hours and in Hawick are available at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm Monday to Thursday & 10am only on a Friday. Other times may be available by prior arrangement. For more information (or to check availability) about Mill Tours you can phone +44 (0)1450 360549.
Johnston’s visitors centre in Hawick is about 15-20 minutes walking distance from our guest house. The easiest path is to turn right when you leave our hotel and go along the street (Commercial Road) until you reach a big roundabout. Cross the roundabout and go in the same direction as you did before (river should be on your right side) for another 4 minutes (along Mansfield Road). You will see the Johnston’s Mills on your left.
Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Visitor Centre, Eastfield Mills, Mansfield Road, Hawick, TD9 8AA
Common Riding - Festival in June
Common Riding is an annual event celebrated in Scottish Border towns. The Hawick Common-Riding is the first and largest of the Border Riding festivals and celebrates the capture of an English Flag in the Battle of Hornshole in 1514 as well as the marking of the boundaries. Usually its held on the weekend following the first Monday in June, but some ceremonies and ridings happen earlier. Through the festival period there are many ceremonies and processions, horse racing, festival dinner with a ball, concerts and more. For events programme check the official website.
Reivers Festival - Medieval Festival
Its a great historic festival usually held in the Spring and offers a wide range of events, many aimed at rediscovering Reiver ancestry through drama, music, re-enactments, crafts, walks, horses and arts. It’s a great fun for all the family: Reivers banquet, torchlight procession, fireworks, concerts, historic talks, dramas, market stalls, etc… everybody will find something interesting.
Alchemy Film Festival
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is an international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image. Alchemy Film & Arts was founded in 2010 and has produced seven editions of the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. The 2017 festival screened 139 films from 21 countries over five days, with 46 world premieres, 14 European premieres, 39 Scottish premieres and over eighty filmmakers in attendance.
Hawick Summer Festival
Hawick Summer Festival is usually held in August and its programme contains some guided walks, live music, food events, quiz shows, parties and many more. For all details please check Hawick Summer Festival Facebook Page.
Other Events And Information
String Theory - Live Music
String Theory is a weekly live Acoustic Music event, based at the Heart Of Hawick. It usually takes place on Mondays and most of the time is free of charge. String Theory creates an opportunity to hear some of the best professional and semi-professional musicians from the Borders and beyond, and a platform for up and coming musicians with original compositions to showcase their talents.
The facebook page is not updated regularly, but you can check “Heart of Hawick” monthly programme for more information (go to Hearth of Hawick official website or ask one of our staff for a printed version).
It’s about 3 minutes of walking distance from our premises. For more details check the “The Heart of Hawick” section above.
- Visit Scotland – a great place to look for information about Scottish Borders and whole Scotland as well. You can find here details about events, attractions, accommodations, travel info and many more.
- Our Scottish Borders – a great source of information about Scottish Borders, whenever you like to live here or just visiting.
- Hawick Online – Hawick official town website.