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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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NOT JUST FOR BOOK WORMS!

In order to get a sense of the depth of Edinburgh's literary history a visit to the Writers' Museum... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
MayLehmannNYC
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New York City, New York
What a gem!

This museum is housed in a fascinating building- with lots of stairs- which gives it an almost... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
annafromlondon
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London, United Kingdom
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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 6 days ago

In order to get a sense of the depth of Edinburgh's literary history a visit to the Writers' Museum is a must. It is located off the Royal Mile on Lady Stair's Close. Celebrating the lives of three giants of Scottish Literature – Robert Burns,...More

Thank MayLehmannNYC
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is housed in a fascinating building- with lots of stairs- which gives it an almost intimate feel. There are varied artefacts here, connected with the most well known Scottish writers. As I have a particular interest in Robert Louis Stevenson, I especially enjoyed...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interactive and informative. There’s something for everyone here! I particularly enjoyed the children’s room, the word waterfall, and the variety of interactive exhibits. If you like books, you’ll love this museum!

Thank Sara W
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Have been here several times with different people. The latest trip was with my sister. We both enjoyed walking around reading the information this collection has. Would recommend it as a good stop just off the royal mile. There are lots of stairs

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

It was a dreary drizzly day in Edinburgh, so we made our way to the Writer's museum to see the exhibition celebrating the 100 year centenary of Muriel Spark's birth. An interesting collection of her work and a fascinating story. Like many I suspect, I...More

1  Thank martinidoc
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

This is an excellent little hidden away museum to some of the great scottish writers, Burns, Scott and Stevenson. There are a number of intersting personal items in a building that is well worth seeing as well.

Thank Richard M
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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Free entry to museum dedicated to 3 Scottish writers, including Robert Louis Stevenson. Really interesting displays and located in a very old mansion in the heart of the old town. Definitely worth a look.

Thank Alexandra S
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Got an hour to spare before heading to the airport so I decided to visit this place. Needless to say it is a hidden gem, with a lot of information on display about three of the most proeminent Scottish writers. I loved their private, cosy...More

Thank Sprungler
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

A small museum dedicated to 3 of Scotland's most famous, old writers; Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns & Sir Walter Scott. There is not much here but it's free and gives you a flavour of these famous writers and some wonderful artefacts depicting their lives....More

Thank AJFitzRoy
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Reviewed 1 November 2017 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
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Benjamin B
5 November 2017|
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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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