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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
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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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Are you interested in literature?

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... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank WinnipegNewman
Greenville SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank AngusCoutts
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 

Thank Natasha0606
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 

Thank Yvonne2755
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.

Thank Ethan E
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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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

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 

Thank Diana S
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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.

Thank Robert L
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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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