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Writers' Museum

Lady Stairs House Lady Stair's Close Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
+44 131 529 4901
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Interesting history of Scottish literature

The place is 30 seconds from the Royal Mile and very easy to find. If you are a British/Scottish... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dean M
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Amazing building

If you're not really a fan of books or authors this place is still worth a visit to have a wonder... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Polly B
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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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Lady Stairs House Lady Stair's Close Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is 30 seconds from the Royal Mile and very easy to find. If you are a British/Scottish literature enthusiast it is well worth your time to visit this place.

1  Thank Dean M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're not really a fan of books or authors this place is still worth a visit to have a wonder around such a great building! Really interesting museum, well worth a visit if you have a spare hour.

1  Thank Polly B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small museum that focuses on Scottish authors. Interesting and worth a look. No admission fee. Not open every day, so check placard for times. Don't know if always offered, but when I visited they had a Book Lovers Tour. Tour guide was excellent. Very entertaining,...More

1  Thank Jan H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was an interesting museum! If you love literacy, it is a must. Even if you don’t, it is free and the building is really lovely!

Thank Naya1987
Reviewed 10 October 2017

If you love literature, The Writers’ Museum is not to be missed! The museum is dedicated to three great Scottish writers Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. It doesn't display their literary works, though, only their personal belongings. Located in a hidden...More

Thank Lina J
Reviewed 6 October 2017

If you are a literary person, this place is a must. If not, it can be visited if you have the time. It does not take long. 30 minutes to an hour. It is free. It has a collection of literary works and personal items...More

Thank bigwawao
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Lovely museum! Great that it's free! A real hidden gem! Stumbled down an alley way and found it. Lovely stone quotes outside the building and the decor inside is great! However I very disappointed that a great part of this museum was out of bounds/closed?...More

Thank s_roskell
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

OK, this museum is not for everybody, let's assume that. I only visited it cause I'm a huge bookworm and it didn't disappoint me. I didn't even see W. Scott part cause I'm not much of a fan. During my 15-day trip to Scotland I...More

Thank ThystVB
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We found this charming place whilst exploring Edinburgh. It houses an interesting collection of books, letters and manuscripts as well as personal items by famous poets and authors such as Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. The children were fascinated by the...More

2  Thank meldav147
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

So its a small museum located in one of the close at the Royal mile... not a very fancy place but holds some fascinating facts and belonging of the 3 famous writers; Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns. Doesn't hold much of...More

Thank NadiaK09
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Benjamin B
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Response from Jan H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, meant to say the museum has a section with a nice display on Robert Louis Stevenson.
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papamulligrubs
30 April 2017|
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Response from Natasha0606 | Reviewed this property |
No I don't, sorry.
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