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Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

The Arched House, Ecclefechan, Scotland
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28 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017
The Arched House, Ecclefechan, Scotland
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

If you drive on the M74, you may see the sign that says 'Ecclefechan - Carlyle's Birthplace' but at 70mph it is soon gone and nothing more is thought of it until you pass it again. This time, I decided to visit. Thomas Carlyle the...More

Thank pologreyhound
Reviewed 14 August 2017

A nice cottage but small only 3 rooms.Allow an hour for your visit.A place worth visiting if you are close by but not worth a long trip or a day out.

Thank laticslad4
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Enjoyed our visit to this National Trust for Scotland property. The guide gave us a fascinating insight in to Thomas Carlyle's upbringing and bought the house to life with his talk. Just a very small property with three rooms but we spent a very happy...More

Thank Margaret H
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Many times we've passed the Ecclefechan sign on the Motorway which has the Large Attached sign saying Birthplace of Thomas Carlyle. So our thoughts were give it a go. We'd not seen the village previously and knew instantly we'd missed nothing. As for the Birth...More

Thank johnniebuoy
Reviewed 25 June 2016

A very informative and friendly warden greeted us on arrival. A wonderful place - quite a 'time capsule - which was truly evocative of the man and his era.

Thank Ferial E
Reviewed 27 March 2016

I visited on the 27th of March with friend in tow who knew little more than the great Sage's wikipedia page. After leaving, the both of us were delighted and very grateful to our guide, Margaret. Arriving by bus into a rainy Ecclefechan, the house...More

Thank AdamTowers
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Having little knowledge of Thomas Carlyle the gentleman at the house on the day of our visit was extremely welcoming. He gave us a very informative introduction to the house which assisted with our understanding of Carlyle. The home, very small, but quite quaint is...More

Thank Nicholas L
Reviewed 9 September 2015

A charming, compact and well preserved memorial to a great man; made all the more endearing by the presence of a gentleman guide who expertly espoused the history of the origins of one of Scotland’s finest. Well worth an immersion.

1  Thank StevoCumbria
Reviewed 10 July 2015

Went to see this so called attraction and as per the National Trust, it was closed. There isn't much else to do in the area so the journey was a total waste of time. Would no advise a visit as you might be met with...More

1  Thank Scotgirl2015
Reviewed 20 May 2015

Visited on way home on Sunday afternoon on 17th May - but it was closed. We, along with other visitors, were disappointed. Eclefechan looks like a quant little place though perhaps not ona Sunday as everything was closed.

Thank coletteandbrian
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