Writers’ Museum

Writers’ Museum

If you plan a visit to Great Britain, a tour to Edinburgh is a must! It will not only help you get acquainted with the Scottish attractions but also dive into its unbelievable atmosphere and vibrant colors. The Writers’ Museum is a greatly recognizable tourist destination. Located in the center of Edinburgh, in the ancient Stair’s House, it attracts thousands of travelers with its stories and collections. 

Exposition in the Writers’ Museum in Edinburgh

The court of the museum is paved with ancient Medieval cobbles which are engraved with the quotations by the famous Scottish writers. The exposition of the museum introduces the tourists to the world of the well-known authors of Scotland, who can by right be placed among the worldwide classicists. 

Robert Burns

This man is a real people’s Scottish poet who lived in the XVIII century. At that time, when everything Scottish was secretly banned, Burns used to right in a plain farmer’s language, trying to capture the color and the uniqueness of the Scottish culture. The museum displays numerous poet’s manuscripts, his portraits and fascinating facts from his biography.

Sir Walter Scott

There’s hardly a person who doesn’t know this name. The advocate, writer, historian, Walter Scott once and for all restored the history of the Scottish folks. He created such a genre as the historical novel in the world literature. Among a wide range of manuscripts and belongings of the writer, there’s also the chess-board of Walter Scott kept in the museum. It’s one of the most valuable exponents at the Writers’ Museum.

Robert Louis Stevenson

This is the remarkable Scottish writer and poet who lived in the XIX century. His name associates with the famous novel called “Treasure Island”. Other works of Stevenson are also pierced with the spirit of adventurism. The museum keeps many objects which will dive you into the world of adventures and new discoveries. Stevenson himself used to travel a lot that’s why there is plenty of stuff among the exponents which he had brought from his trips. Moreover, the museum displays his belongings - a fishing-rod, a tobacco pipe etc. Here you shall also find the wardrobe which inspired the author to create the prototype of the novel’s hero from “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”.

The incredible guides who work at the Writers’ Museum are literally in love with everything Scottish - the culture, music, literature, history of this country. Even if you have not read the novels by Walter Scott or have never come across the poems by Robert Burns, the visit to the museum will let you add yourself to the experts in Scottish literature.

Important information for visitors

Address: Lawnmarket, Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh EH1 2PA.

Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

Phone number: +44 (0) 131 529 4901.

How to get to the museum: take bus №67 till the intersection of George IV Bridge and Royal Mile. Go along Royal Mile till you reach Lady Stair's Close, which hosts the Writers’ Museum.

Besides, the city has a well-preserved district known as Calton Hill, which earlier used to be the popular residential areas of writers, artists and other elite of Edinburgh.

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