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Writers' Museum

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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...more
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Lady Stairs House Lady Stair's Close Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, Scotland
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All reviews robert burns robert louis stevenson scottish writers printing press royal mile literary history book lovers personal effects their lives paving stones his life interesting collection worth a visit on display beautiful building quick visit free entry
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went for the first time in years. Glad I went back as a must see place for People interested in writers especially Burns, Stevenson and Scott. Well laid out on various floors.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank EdinburghChaz
Reviewed yesterday

I was truly excited to visit this small museum for what it seemed to promise. I was very disappointed in what it delivered. The building itself is a gem but the curators have done it a disservice by using it to house dull, lifeless exhibits....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stubbscats
Reviewed 1 week ago

Look, if you're on this Trip Advisor page, then you've got a niche interest and you are going to LOVE this place. It doesn't take very long, as it only covers three writers, even if you stop at every item and read into the history....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Biannca C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Right behind Gladstones Land and on 3 floors the whole place is a dusty ill lit gloom parlour. Photos extend to about 8 feet from the floor with captions impossible to read. There were no guides or paper guides or taped commentary. I think I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank David W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lady Stair’s home was fascinating in its hidden couryard. The home seems large, like it would have been, but is now dwarfed by the city around it. I would love to see the original floor plan. With such tiny curling staircases, I’m still wondering how...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AngBreidenbach
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one place that was found just off the Royal Mile. The entrance is bit odd as you either go down the stairs or go up stairs and it’s very winding but the information and history inside is excellent. It focuses on the works...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TravelTashy
Reviewed 8 December 2018 via mobile

This place is a wee gem not only is it free its very interesting with information and artefacts on Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson & Robert Burns built in 1622 this delightful place with its small winding staircases has a great atmosphere about it. I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Z5857CCsueh
Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

This is a small museum mainly about 3 authors, but absolutely worth a visit if you adore literature or just want to see the interiors of an old house. Gained a fresh appreciation for these writers and their dedication by the end of it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cyma2
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Stumbled across this place by wandering down one of the many ginnels down Edinburgh's Royal Mile. It is a corner building with a quaint spiral staircase. First of all we visited the rooms dedicated to Robert Burns - they are bursting with paintings and original...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RottweillerReviewer
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Well-presented little museum in a semi-hidden corner off the Royal Mile. Lots of paraphernalia on display. Great for a quick (and free!) visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
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6 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.
30 April 2017|
Response from Natasha0606 | Reviewed this property |
No I don't, sorry.
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