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Writers' Museum

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Address: Lady Stair's Close | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 529 4901
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Wonderful surprise of the Royal Mile

Walking around Edinburgh's many quaint streets we came across this small free museum located off the Royal Mile which is dedicated to Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking around Edinburgh's many quaint streets we came across this small free museum located off the Royal Mile which is dedicated to Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. The tiny spiral staircase took you up three levels, the top floor showed the printing press where Scott's Waverley novels were printed with a fascinating narrative. Below, the rooms... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a joy to wonder around with so much on show such as all the writing displays and novels.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm fascinated with Scottish writers, and found this museum to be my favorite place in Edinburgh--not that I didn't enjoy many other attractions. Burns, Scott, and Stevenson are celebrated here in three floors of displays which engage the eyes and mind.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small museum is located in a building built in 1622. There are quotes inscribed on the paving stones in the courtyard. Hidden down Lady Stairs Close, off the Royal Mile. Memorabilia, statues and papers from three major Scots writers. Free. Narrow stone spiral steps lead to different levels, each focused on a different level. A docent in the lowest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

A great little museum focused on Scott, Burn's and Stevenson's. I really enjoyed the personal objects on display from the lives of these writers.

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East Lothian
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Just off the High Street near the Castle. Good insight into Scottish writers particulary Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. On 3 levels with narrow stairs. Friendly helpful staff, gift shop and free entry. Maybe spend 30 to 45 mins here.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

A nice museum to pop into if you've got a spare half hour or so. Has interesting information about Edinburgh's 3 most famous writers and we'll set out displays.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We visited the museum at the weekend and found it to be better than i was expecting it's small but well laid out with some interesting pieces and information. The only thing that let it down was that it needed a dusting down on most display cabinets and the staff were not very friendly in the gift shop area. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

For all those who are interested in reading, this museum is absolutely amazing. You will find references to some of the worlds great thinkers, philosophers, writers, and history that they made. How is been a beautiful old building just off the Royal Mike and you'll find interesting artifacts of some of the greatest writers the world is ever known. Be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We spotted the signed by accident and made our way back to see after we did the Castle. Perfect way to end a very touristy day. Each writer (Stevenson, Burns and Scott) was celebrated with well thought out displays and art works. The staff were helpful and the shop had different things on sale. Which given how many museum shops... More 

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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