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Writers' Museum

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Address: Lady Stairs House Lady Stair's Close Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
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+44 131 529 4901
10:00 - 17:00
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The Writers' Museum in the 17th century Lady Stair's House, is dedicated to...

The Writers' Museum in the 17th century Lady Stair's House, is dedicated to the lives and work of Scotland's great literary figures, particularly Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. The rich collection of manuscripts, first editions and portraits is complemented by a series of personal exhibits that include Burns' writing desk and the Ballantyne Press on which Scott's Waverley novels were originally published.

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Edinburgh Writers Museum - Features 3 Scottish wirters

Features Sir Walter Scott, Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson. A separate section for each, tracing their lives with personal exhibits, portraits etc. Friendly "curators" who are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charles G
Wimborne, United Kingdom
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Small, but elegant museum with interesting artefacts and information about famous Scottish writers - especially the big 3: Scott, Burns & Stevenson. Don't miss Deacon Brodie's cabinet, down in the Stevenson exhibition - the inspiration for Jekyll & Hyde.

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Wimborne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Features Sir Walter Scott, Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson. A separate section for each, tracing their lives with personal exhibits, portraits etc. Friendly "curators" who are genuinely interested in visitors and exhibits. A little awkward to find, just off the Royal Mile, but worth the effort. Recommend, for something a bit different.

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Southwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A real gem of a museum, tucked away off of The Royal Mile you approach down a narrow alley that opens out into a small "courtyard". On the pavement are inscriptions from famous Scottish writers.The museum is on several floors so a reasonable omount of fitness may be required to see everything. Frankly I could have spent far more time... More 

Thank 8WarrenBill
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting building and pleasant staff. It is free, so I do not like to criticise. I was just hoping for more original works or at least samples of some writer's planning; although there is an original Scott work, which is great. Instead, it is more objects from the writer's lives..

Thank CJHowell26
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Situated in a historic and interesting house just off the Royal Mile in the old town the museum is worth a look. Learnt new info about Scott, Burns and Stevenson and even saw a glass that Burns owned!. It is a small old fashioned museum but free so value for money.

Thank Adam M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We chanced upon this lovely house while following the quotes on the ground. What an inspiration on the part of whoever decided to place the makars' court just outside the writers' museum. On the outside, it is a perfect little house. The inside is bigger than it looks and is on 3 floors, with exhibits displaying the life and works... More 

Thank Jacqui M
Ashford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a chance find while looking for something to do for an hour in the rain. The house is fantastic. The layout is clear and very user friendly. The content is informative and fun. Why isn't this featured more in guide books?

Thank Terry L
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

walking up from Waverley station and started to notice quotes going up and up leading up to the royal mile, I'm an avid reader and couldn't resist following the quotes - so they lead me up to the writers museum and wow what a pleasant surprise! I started downstairs in the Stevenson room and spoke to the most interesting man... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After looking at the Makars quotes on the pavings outside (read them all, very poignant ) I went first into the Robert Louis Stevenson section downstairs, an author I previously didn't know much about - wow what a collection of information, photos, paintings and artifacts, I know plan to read all his works!!As spent so long reading and looking downstairs... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting in a building on many levels dedicated to the famous writers and very informative to.

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