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Tolbooth Arts Centre, Kirkcudbright

The Tolbooth Arts Centre displays some of the best Kirkcudbright paintings.

Opening hours

Monday - 11am to 4pm
Tuesday - 11am to 4pm
Wednesday - 11am to 4pm
Thursday - 11am to 4pm
Friday - 11am to 4pm
Saturday - 11am to 4pm
Sunday - closed

Location map

High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JL

Facility information

  • Free entry
  • Disabled access - everywhere except second floor studio gallery

The Tolbooth Art Centre was opened in 1993 by H.M. The Queen. It was originally built between 1625-1629 as Kirkcudbright's Tolbooth and was used as a Town Council meeting place and office, Burgh and Sheriff Court, and the Criminal and Debtor's prison. One of its most famous prisoners was Captain John Paul, later known as John Paul Jones and hero of the American Navy.

This award winning art centre describes the story of the Kirkcudbright 'Art Colony' using an audio-visual show "The Artists' Town" and a permanent display of some of the best Kirkcudbright paintings in our collection. The top floor is maintained as a gallery for a wide range of contemporary art and craft exhibitions.

Works are for sale in the exhibitions and in the shop on the ground floor or you're welcome to just sit and enjoy the Tolbooth's friendly coffee shop.

Contact details

Page last updated: 03/10/17