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Our FAQs below explain key information to plan your visit for when we can safely reopen. The various safety precautions we are taking to make your visit comfortable and enjoyable are also outlined.

When is Dovecot open?

Dovecot Gallery and Shop is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

The Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony is open Monday to Friday from 12-3pm, and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Dovecot Café, Pinks at Dovecot, is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm and offers both sit in and takeaway options.

What measures will you have in place to meet government guidance for visitors?

Risk assessments

Risk assessments have been carried out for both staff and visitor operations. These are regularly reviewed and take into account the latest guidance from the Scottish Government.

Timed exhibition tickets

We have implemented a booking system for our exhibition tickets with pre-booked slots to limit the number of visitors to the exhibition.

Physical-distancing markers

The architecture of the Dovecot building lends itself to physical distancing and we have put markers in public spaces to encourage staff and visitors to allow 2m distance at all times.

Protective screens

Perspex screens have been implemented at our front desk to allow for safe transactions between staff and visitors.

Face coverings

According to current guidelines, face coverings must be worn throughout the building unless you are unable to do so.

Increased cleaning

We have increased our cleaning regime across the building with increased frequency to sensitive areas (handrails, handles, and doors) and our toilet facilities.

Hand sanitiser

There are hand sanitising stations available as you enter and leave the building.

Do I need to book a ticket to access the building?

An exhibition ticket is required for MAKING NUNO: Japanese Textile Innovation from Sudō Reiko . We suggest that you book this in advance online and select a time-slot.

You do not need to book a ticket to enter the building.


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Please note the Tapestry Viewing Balcony will be closed on Saturday 23rd October due to a wedding. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

Gallery & Shop

Gallery & Shop
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm (including Sundays during August)

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony
Mon-Fri: 12–3pm
Sat: 10am–5pm


Pinks at Dovecot
Mon–Sat: 9:30am - 4:30pm (last sitting)

Christmas Opening Times:

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Open 27th – 31st December*

*Please note early closing at 4pm on 23rd Dec and New Year’s Eve.