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Address: The Arched House, Ecclefechan, Scotland

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PHILOSOPHER IN RESIDENCE

A charming, compact and well preserved memorial to a great man; made all the more endearing by the presence of a gentleman guide who expertly espoused the history of the origins... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 September 2015
StevoCumbria
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Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Enjoyed our visit to this National Trust for Scotland property. The guide gave us a fascinating insight in to Thomas Carlyle's upbringing and bought the house to life with his talk. Just a very small property with three rooms but we spent a very happy hour there.

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Thank Margaret H
Southport, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Many times we've passed the Ecclefechan sign on the Motorway which has the Large Attached sign saying Birthplace of Thomas Carlyle. So our thoughts were give it a go. We'd not seen the village previously and knew instantly we'd missed nothing. As for the Birth place , well the guide pointed out Thomas was one of nine children and soon... More 

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Thank johnniebuoy
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

A very informative and friendly warden greeted us on arrival. A wonderful place - quite a 'time capsule - which was truly evocative of the man and his era.

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Thank Ferial E
Morecambe, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

I visited on the 27th of March with friend in tow who knew little more than the great Sage's wikipedia page. After leaving, the both of us were delighted and very grateful to our guide, Margaret. Arriving by bus into a rainy Ecclefechan, the house was a stones throw from the bus station. Though small, we spent plenty of time... More 

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Thank AdamTowers
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Having little knowledge of Thomas Carlyle the gentleman at the house on the day of our visit was extremely welcoming. He gave us a very informative introduction to the house which assisted with our understanding of Carlyle. The home, very small, but quite quaint is worth a visit.

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Thank Nicholas L
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

A charming, compact and well preserved memorial to a great man; made all the more endearing by the presence of a gentleman guide who expertly espoused the history of the origins of one of Scotland’s finest. Well worth an immersion.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

Went to see this so called attraction and as per the National Trust, it was closed. There isn't much else to do in the area so the journey was a total waste of time. Would no advise a visit as you might be met with a closed door!!!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

Visited on way home on Sunday afternoon on 17th May - but it was closed. We, along with other visitors, were disappointed. Eclefechan looks like a quant little place though perhaps not ona Sunday as everything was closed.

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Ledbury
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

We visited the tiny house, now a museum that was relatively easy to find and a location which meant easy parking. From Thomas Carlyle's statue on the brow of the hill, to the sadly neglected graveyard, this is really worth a visit. A very knowledgeable and helpful guide gave us hints and tips and let us spend ages in the... More 

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South Lanarkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

We came off the motorway to visit the house but found the lack of road signs rather off putting. However we did find the house and were welcomed by a young gentleman who shared his deep knowledge of Thomas Carlyle and his wife. The house is small but full of original artifacts. We also visited the graveyard and saw the... More 

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