Dovecot Studios Ltd
10 Infirmary Street
+44 (0)131 550 3660
Gallery & Shop
Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony
Thu, Fri 12–3pm
or by appointment only
The Weaving Floor is not accessible to the public but can be observed from the Viewing Balcony. The Viewing Balcony and Gallery are occasionally closed for exhibition installation and events so please call ahead to check opening times and avoid disappointment.
The Infirmary Street Baths were the first public baths in Edinburgh, built in 1885 by Robert Morham. Following the enactment in 1846 to Encourage the Establishment of Public Baths and Wash-houses, baths were built in Scotland from the 1850s to provide accessible washing facilities to improve public health. Until the 1870s women had to attend at different times from men. In the Ladies Baths space at Dovecot, we see an example of their needs being considered in the building design. This space is now used by Dovecot Gallery for events, whilst Dovecot Tapestry Studio occupies the main swimming pool area. Dovecot Gallery promotes contemporary art, craft and design through its vibrant exhibition programme, and invites a wide audience to access the event spaces, Shop and Café and to view the weavers at work in the Tapestry Studio.