The shop and gallery at Dovecot Studios

Dovecot Studios

Old Town

A world-class tapestry studio and contemporary arts-and-crafts centre housed in what was once Edinburgh’s oldest public baths, Dovecot has a remarkable history dating back a century. You can watch the weavers at work from a viewing platform above the workshop. The shop and the cafe, which is run by Leo’s Beanery, are excellent, too.

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