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Writers' Museum

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Address: Lady Stair's Close | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
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+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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Good museum for a very targeted audience

If you're interested in literature, especially the authors that are on exhibit, this is definitely a good place for you to go. The exhibits were laid out nicely with lots of good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're interested in literature, especially the authors that are on exhibit, this is definitely a good place for you to go. The exhibits were laid out nicely with lots of good information about the writers' past and about their works. I didn't have a particular interest in any specific writer that was on exhibit but it was still interesting... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For a small museum it is one of my favourites and I highly recommend this to anyone with a keen interest in either writing or history. All the displays have a good amount of information to learn from and even tho the building is rather cramped it has a nice tidy layout.

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Kita, Mali
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This quaint old house is a bit hard to find, but it's worth a search. Even if Scottish literature is not a particular interest, the house itself is wonderful to visit, with steep stairs and low roofs, and the memento's in the exhibit are curious enough (Stevenson's rocking horse, adapted to his childhood polio deformation...)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

This charming little museum offers the visitor a glimpse into the lives of writers such as Walter Scott, Robert Burns & Robert Louis Stevenson. Lady Stair's Close is mere steps from the busy Lawnmarket but feels secluded & quiet. Some visitors will stay longer but you can enjoy a short visit here as a break from the bustle close by... More 

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Greenville SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

If you like literature, you will love this museum. Small, quaint museum down a lovely close. Building itself is outstanding. Focus is on local authors, Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson. My 16 yo daughter loves literature and is currently taking a British Lit class, she LOVED the museum! Quiet interesting with quite an amazing collection. It is... More 

Thank Kim G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I love this place - it has so many cool mementos and pieces of memorabilia from writers who worked in the days before celebrity. If you want to see a lock of Walter Scott's Hair, Robert Burns's cane with a sword or any other number of oddly fascinating artefacts then this is the place to go. Completely free and one... More 

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Marburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

The Writers' Museum in Edinburgh is worth visiting when you're interested in literature. It is a really nice and small place which focuses on the writers. You get a feeling of being home and very welcome once you're inside the old building and you can spend a great time in there learning about the writers, their works and their lives.... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

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 20 November 2016

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 14 November 2016

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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