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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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Nice visit to the writers museum

We enjoyed a nice visit to the Writers Museum. It’s a very small museum in a sort of tower with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sonja S
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A lovely Little Surprise on The Royal Mile

We loved our visit here; it's a quaint little building with lots of info on three of Scotland's... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
doreen32016
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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a nice visit to the Writers Museum. It’s a very small museum in a sort of tower with many stairs showing mainly items from Sir Walter Scott, Stevensons and Robert Burns lives. There’s a nice store on the ground floor.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our visit here; it's a quaint little building with lots of info on three of Scotland's famous writers: Burns, Stevenson & Scott. Entry is free which is wonderful The building itself is charming, with sections allocated to each writer. There are also items...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Literally tucked away, you approach it down narrow passages from the Royal Mile, housed in the 17th century Lady Stairs House, a striking tenement that is taller than it is wide! Up the stairs the museum has an intimate feel, with lots of alcoves, stairways,...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

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

1  Thank MayLehmannNYC
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

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 31 March 2018 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 4 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 3 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.

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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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Benjamin B
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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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30 April 2017|
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No I don't, sorry.
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