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Address: Ruthwell, Dumfries DG1 4NN, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1387 870640
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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An amazing Snippet of History

One of our party wanted to visit - I confess that I'd not heard of it, apart from a mention in "Bollocks to Alton Towers" or one of those series - but we made the detour and were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of our party wanted to visit - I confess that I'd not heard of it, apart from a mention in "Bollocks to Alton Towers" or one of those series - but we made the detour and were glad we did. The drive was interesting, along narrow twisting roads, and I would recommend satnav. However once there it is a... More 

Thank JDavidJLiverpool
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Fantastic place. Cottage well maintained. We were greeted at the door by Mhairi who was friendly and warm and very very informed! The original items still in the cottage was amazing. She also showed us some old bank notes which we had never seen before! Would recommend very highly.

Thank Denise P
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We had read about the museum and as we were staying nearby, decided to call in on our way to Carlisle. So glad we did as the lady who was working that day had a vast knowledge of the founder etc and made it such an interesting visit. The collection of savings tins is brilliant as are the other exhibits... More 

Thank 2010mustang
Lima, Peru
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87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

What on earth is a "Savings Banks" museum? We passed by several times on our way to other places, but finally could not resist. Off on a typical rural Scottish side road, you drive through Ruthwell to find the museum, which turns out to be the location of the very first "Savings" bank in the world. When it first opened... More 

Thank Llywinda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

It was a cloudy afternoon. We had been driving around Dumfries looking for something to do all morning and other than a somewhat pleasant stop at an ice cream parlour, I was about ready to mark the day as wasted. That was until we saw it. We were heading back to our accommodation when a brown and blue sign caught... More 

1 Thank Cameron M
Largs, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

What an amazing little place. The lady who showed us round was really knowledgeable. It was really interesting and quite amazing that this was the first ever savings bank in the world for the not so rich. What a lovely little piece of history. Well worth a visit.

Thank weescottishmum
Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Wonderful story of how a sleepy village church minister began the Savings Bank movement. Just a small country cottage now maintained by financial support of the TSB bank. Free to visit and refusing all donations, just ring the bell for a warm welcome.

Thank Soulhunter
Nairn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

The cottage where Henry Duncan started the savings bank movement ...a real insight into social history .... even one of the first saver's pass book. Duncan was also minister, antiquarian ....don't miss the Ruthwell Cross in church nearby .... and early geologist - so, lots to see. Curator is lovely, explains a bit then gives you time on your own... More 

Thank Explore3947
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Called in to this gem of a place on way to Dumfries and am I pleased we did, we were made very welcome to this small banking museum our guide talked us through the exibits and answered our questions then left us to ourselves to enjoy the display, learned a lot in a short time and it was free don't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Cannot recommend highly enough - a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, a fascinating local story with international significance and some lovely artefacts. The 1970s money boxes certainly brought back memories!

1 Thank Dianne M

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