Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Birthplace of poet Robert Burns.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Rae67
    Luton, United Kingdom135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    We knew a little about Robert Burns and that he wrote poems but found out a lot more and what he achieved in his short life. Found out about his different poems, his mistresses and illegitimate children. He certainly did a lot in his short life!
    Thank you for visiting us, pleased to hear we were able to share more. About the life and inspiration of our National Bard
    Written 12 September 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Martin
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place
    Visited a while back and will return . Had a loely time reading details in the displays in main building and explored the grounds and further afield. Very pleased when my wife bought me a book on Rabbie's poems. Would recommend. (Also, the Cafe had tasty food)
    Thank you for your feedback, please do come and see us soon. If you can make it before the end of September you will catch the exhibition of our new acquisition of letters before they go for further research
    Written 12 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • robilot
    Ayr, United Kingdom15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    See where Burns was born and brought up
    Burns cottage in Alloway village is the real thing where Burns was born and brought up. Lovely gardens too. Get a real feel of Burns there running about helping his Dad. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Great if could buy refreshments and keepsakes there especially on hot day. Pity not used more for events.
    Thank you for leaving feedback from your visit. We are reviewing our events programme for next year and hope to do more with the smallholding space, perhaps for family workshops and we are hoping to have some sort of family day that would celebrate the cottage during summer. Keep an eye on our social media and the NTS Website for updates
    Written 12 September 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Katie
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit
    The museum was informative and engaging with tons of information on Robert Burns and his writing. Lots of interactive bits for kids and adults including many of his poems recorded and recited in Scots. The museum also used Scots in the interpretive panel (with translations) which was a lovely touch.
    Thank you for taking the time to review you are visit. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit and found lots to engage with.
    Written 2 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Bill T
    Leicester, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A credit to Burns memory
    I'm not a huge Burns fan but I really enjoyed this visit. The NTS deserve credit for bringing so many facets of this Burns experience (the museum, the cottage, the monument, the gardens) without turning it into a theme park. We went thinking we would just be there for an hour or so but spent the whole afternoon there. Certainly, the weather was kind. My only criticism of the museum was the lighting of the exhibits. The reason for the low level was explained but many of the descriptions are simply illegible because of that. I would encourage NTS to find a solution. We had coffee and a scone and then lunch in the cafe and it was very good indeed. The home made pork and haggis sausage roll was excellent (and the cloeslaw was very good). I must finally comment on the staff. I think they are the best of any of the NTS attractions we have visited. They were, without exception, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and coped well under stress. A credit to Scottish hospitality.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2024
  • Suratrichard
    Surat Thani, Thailand2,295 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting.
    Owned by the National Trust of Scotland but English NT membership can gain free entry. It doesn’t take that long to look around but it certainly gives an insight into what life was like in Burns’ lifetime. There’s a nearby car park and everything is on one level so anyone with mobility problems could cope.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 June 2024
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Suratrichard
Surat Thani, Thailand2,295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Owned by the National Trust of Scotland but English NT membership can gain free entry. It doesn’t take that long to look around but it certainly gives an insight into what life was like in Burns’ lifetime.
There’s a nearby car park and everything is on one level so anyone with mobility problems could cope.
Written 8 June 2024
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Bill T
Leicester, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I'm not a huge Burns fan but I really enjoyed this visit. The NTS deserve credit for bringing so many facets of this Burns experience (the museum, the cottage, the monument, the gardens) without turning it into a theme park. We went thinking we would just be there for an hour or so but spent the whole afternoon there. Certainly, the weather was kind. My only criticism of the museum was the lighting of the exhibits. The reason for the low level was explained but many of the descriptions are simply illegible because of that. I would encourage NTS to find a solution. We had coffee and a scone and then lunch in the cafe and it was very good indeed. The home made pork and haggis sausage roll was excellent (and the cloeslaw was very good). I must finally comment on the staff. I think they are the best of any of the NTS attractions we have visited. They were, without exception, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and coped well under stress. A credit to Scottish hospitality.
Written 12 May 2024
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The museum itself is wonderful, its well worth spending a full day taking in all the sights around Alloway, but the cafe was a waste of money.
We got cheese and tomato toasties which were completely flavourless, bland and just horrible.
From cheap ingredients, salad tomatoes which were not even cut properly, flavourless cheese, horrible coleslaw and bad service and expensive for what we recived, almost £25 down the drain, we won't be wasting my money here again!
We had heard great things and been wanting to try it for a while but unfortunately we won't be returning here for food ever again!
Its by far the worst NTS cafe we have ever been too.....
Written 22 April 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback following your recent visit to our museum and café at Alloway. We're thrilled to hear that you found the museum itself to be wonderful and worth spending a full day exploring. However, we're sorry to learn about your disappointing experience at our café. We understand how frustrating it can be when dining expectations are not met, and we regret that we fell short on this occasion. Your feedback regarding the ingredients, presentation, and service is incredibly valuable to us, and we assure you that we will address these concerns with our café team to ensure improvements are made. We appreciate your honesty and regret that we were unable to meet your expectations during your visit. We do hope that you will consider giving us another chance in the future to provide you with a more enjoyable dining experience. Once again, thank you for bringing these issues to our attention, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon.
Written 17 May 2024
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A_P_Jones6162
Edwinstowe, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This museum was small but had loads of history in it, we would recommend it , the shop had some lovely gift ideas, the cafe was really busy it seemed that locals used it a lot but the staff were really helpful and friendly
Written 19 March 2024
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Thank for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and you also managed to see the wider parts of the site like the Auld Kirk and the Brig, which both play such prominent roles in Tam 'O Shanter, the poem that Burns set in this area. Please do come a visit us again soon, we'd be delighted to welcome you back and with so much in the museum we are certain you would find something else of interest that you hadn't noticed first time round. Thank you again for reviewing us!
Written 21 April 2024
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Nancy G
Ayr, UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Arrived at the visitor centre cafe today with friends and my son after walking for an hour in the cold and rain. We were all hungry and looking forward to a hot lunch. On arrival at the front door at 1.28pm a sign informed us there would be no hot food orders after 1.50pm. We were pleased that we still had a 20 minute window to order lunch.

We started to queue and after 5 minutes a man put another sign at the end of the bar area saying no more hot food would be available. I asked if that applied to people already in the queue and he replied that he didn't know because " I've just been told to put a sign up".

There was no further communication from any of the other 4 staff on duty who buzzed around removing food from the food display cases and there was a lot of confusion from a number of family groups waiting to order.

Eventually we reached the front of the queue and were told that the only options were hot drinks, tomato soup or a "kid's sandwich" . Apparently adult sandwiches were not available and were also classed as hot food.

Very disappointed as a local bringing my friends who were visiting from down South to the museum for the first time. We were all starving, (especially my 7 year old) and had checked the opening times before leaving the house. Really poor communication from the staff who could easily have spoken to customers on arrival at the cafe and communicated the situation to keep everyone updated. As usual, chaotic service let's this place down.

Luckily we had a lovely lunch and hospitality down the road at Poet's Corner.
Written 29 December 2023
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I know that you contacted us directly with your observations noted here, and that you received a response from my colleague, so I am sharing that again to this site for anyone reading your review. "We are sorry that we fell short in meeting your expectations on this occasion. The café experiences high volumes of visitors at once and often the queue becomes lengthy. The team try their best to work through it, however, due to unforeseen staff shortages with the winter flu, the team may not have been in the best position to manage this effectively. In terms of the early closure of the kitchen, this was poorly communicated to you. We had issues with suppliers fulfilling our orders and being extremely busy, a lot of the key menu items were out of stock by 2.30pm. This is 30 mins earlier than when the kitchen normally closes. We are happy to share we are planning a large investment into the servery this year, to ensure a more efficient service and we are happy to share more information with you if required. We would also welcome any further feedback, regarding the Café at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, directly via email : Burns@nts.org.uk. Thank you for supporting us and hope this has not put you off returning"
Written 14 March 2024
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Tombsies
Gloucester, UK36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Really disappointed
We had travelled from Gloucestershire to visit friends in Scotland… bringing our wee dog ‘Bonnie’ with us…. The weather was inclement - in fact raining cats and dogs!! Happy days we were welcomed and Bonnie was offered doggie treats upon arrival… 🐾🐾 We sat down in the cafe and one of our party went to order coffee and cakes… however after a few minutes we were asked to leave as no dogs allowed - apart from outside (cold and raining…) No one around us had raised an eyebrow - everyone was busy chatting and having a lovely time - she is so tiny I had picked her up and she was sat on my lap…. Invisible Completely ruined our experience. I can only imagine someone had seen her from afar and complained…. We didn’t spend in your shop nor in your cafe…. you need to move with the times. We are National Trust members and are used to restrictions regarding four legged friends but there are normally small areas indoors where dogs are allowed. The Fox in Troon benefitted as we went there had a wonderful lunch and spent £70😱.. think on …
Written 10 December 2023
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Thank you for visiting us. I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed that Bonnie could not sit with you but unfortunately there is not an area of the cafe that we can make dog friendly and as we have a lot of older regular who do not feel comfortable with dogs in the cafe we do ask people to take their four legged friends to the outside seated area. For conservation reasons we cannot allowed dogs in the Museum exhibit or cottage either though we are happy for visitors to use the wider part of the site to stretch their legs. We do find most visitors check first to ensure their is access and which parts of the site but it’s unfortunate the the team member offering Bonnie treats did not check your intentions and could have avoided your disappointment. Thanking for drawing this to our attention.
Written 15 January 2024
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Katie
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The museum was informative and engaging with tons of information on Robert Burns and his writing. Lots of interactive bits for kids and adults including many of his poems recorded and recited in Scots. The museum also used Scots in the interpretive panel (with translations) which was a lovely touch.
Written 31 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to review you are visit. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit and found lots to engage with.
Written 2 November 2023
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milamoo
Ayr, UK4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Lovely place. The food is good but we have been a few times and the wait in the queue is bad at times. The park facilities are great. Toilets weren’t very clean.
Written 8 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. Sorry to hear that you thought our loos weren’t up to our usual standards. But say you pop in quite regularly. Next time you are passing please ask for me sx id love to discuss your feedback further. Thanks for continuing to support us.
Written 12 October 2023
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cbryant13
Canal Winchester, OH119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was a nice little stop on our way from Cairnryan to Galway. Our tour group had a nice lunch and went outside and took a little walking tour past the Alloway Parish Church and over to the Brig O' Doon (one of the oldest cobblestone bridges in existence).
Written 30 September 2023
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Thank you for visiting, it’s great you enjoyed your stop and managed to see some of the wider site.
Written 5 October 2023
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Cammy13
Ayrshire, UK115 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We took our friends’ 8 year old daughter to Burns Cottage. The lady at the pay booth was very nice, however I was shocked to discover it cost £27 for the three of us to visit! 
So what do you get for £27….
1. A visit into the cottage birthplace of Robert Burns… good to see the 18th C accommodation and where the Bard was born, but it’s a walkthrough in under 5 minutes. 
2. A visit into the “birthplace museum” which is dull in more ways than one! It’s full of relics related to or belonging to Burns, which in this day and age aren’t particularly interesting. There were some interactive exhibits which appealed to our 8 y.o. companion, although some weren’t working, which was disappointing. Also the lighting is terrible, hard to see anything! 

Best advice is don’t pay! Especially with kids. 
See the Cottage from tbe outside, walk along the “Poet’s Path” and see the exhibits relating to poems - the giant mouse, the haggis, the twa dugs, etc, then go into the burns museum building, walk through the restaurant and out the back where there is a kids play area with a mini Burns Cottage. Take the path past the rugby club to the monument gardens and climb the monument, which is excellent.
Go into the statue house and gear Tam o’Shanter! Walk to the brig o’Doon and stand on the spot where Meg lost her tail in Tam o’Shanter!
It’s all free and great fun!
For a much better experience of how people lived in the past, visit the People’s Palace in Glasgow (free and fantastic!) or the Tenement House… use the £27 you just saved!!
Written 30 September 2023
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Thank you for your review and we are disappointed to hear that you didn’t enjoy your visit , however the £27 you spent with us also contributes to maintaining all the “free” parts of the site that you are encouraging people to visit so perhaps you might consider becoming a National Trust for Scotland member as a way to support us and access all all our sites including the Tenement House for free as many times as you like in the year. Thank you for highlighting all we look after in Alloway.
Written 5 October 2023
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