Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Birthplace of poet Robert Burns.
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Heather H
Sleaford, UK141 contributions
The actual cottage is not very big , but it is interesting to see how he lived in the cottage with his siblings and parents. There is not much in the cottage to see. They have tried to make it as though you are walking back into Burns' time so be prepared for it to be dark, the floor uneven and low doorways. We walked from the museum which has a lot of very interesting artefacts and information. From the museum there is the Burns memorial and gardens and from there you can see the Brig O'Doon ( Bridge of Doon). There is the old Kirk that is in Tam O Shanter and a lot of other nods to Burns' work. Everything is is easy walking distance and your entrance fee if you are not a member of the National Trust of the National Trust for Scotland includes the museum and the cottage.
Written June 12, 2021
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Thank you for a lovely detailed review that gives a really good reflection on what fellow travellers should expect. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and thanks for choosing to spend your day with us!
Written June 17, 2021
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570lynt
Tranent, UK20 contributions
Couples
Very friendly and welcoming staff. A really interesting museum to visit. Loads of information about Robert Burns and his family and lots of fantastic exhibits. Well worth going along to see. It took us a couple of hours to view both the museum and the Cottage Robert Burns was born in.
Written March 22, 2022
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Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to leave a review of your visit, we are delighted to hear that you found lots to do and see.
Written March 30, 2022
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Trey C
Alberta, Canada351 contributions
Headed to Scotland for the first time so some Robbie Burns history was important. Interesting place. The age of the artifacts blows my mind. Museum is very well laid out and tells the story of this man and the different stages and aspects of his life. I was able to purchase a ticket onsite when I arrived. In addition to the museum, there are other things in the area to explore like the walkway, gardens, auld kirk, cottage, and bridge.
Written December 3, 2021
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Thank you for including us in your first visit to Scotland, we are delighted that you found lots to enjoy and engage with in the Museum and the wider site. Come back soon!
Written March 10, 2022
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Morag M
Ayr, UK27 contributions
A whole area of exhibits, main museum, a little dark due to age of documents, take a torch to read or try and go on 1st Tuesday of month when lights are fully on for disabled visitors. Nice gift shop with quality Scottish made products, lovely cafe with outside seating and garden, good parking with spaces for disabled badge holders, nice toilets including 1 for disabled visitors. Burns cottage with garden, small holding, has plenty of seats
Written September 6, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave your review, we are rally pleased that you enjoyed your visit and found the site accessible. However we would ask that people don't bring a torch, the light is low to preserve original manuscripts and using a torch could cause irreparable damage, for the same reason we cannot permit flash photography with the museum. however as you have kindly pointed out we do have accessible openings where can have the lights up in a controlled environment, these are usually advertised on our website and Facebook. We are presently closed on Tuesdays and Wednesday but hope to reopen seven days soon - again keep an eye on social media and the website for updates and we will be rearranging accessible openings if we are not back to seven days by October. thank you
Written September 7, 2020
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Eddie R.
Kelso, UK2 contributions
We started our tour in the Museum which has loads of history on Burns although the low lighting level makes for difficult reading of the paperwork on display it was also a bit noisy from lots of young children. Cafe next for scones and coffee and very enjoyable, price is reasonable. Back out to see the very tidy memorial gardens and climb the memorial, good view of the Brig o' Doon, we found a little gem in the garden , the small Statue House, when you enter into the small room a audio tape of Tam o' Shanter started up and it was brilliant, I think the museum would benefit from similar tapes of Rabbie's Poems.
Written August 30, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to visit us and to eave such a helpful review. As a family friendly museum there are usually children around and they can tend to be a little excited especially if they have been playing in our children's play area, however this tends to be later in the day, so visiting when we open at 10am through the week might be quieter. I am glad you found the statue house and appreciate the feedback abut audio in the museum, we have handsets for listening to poems, however due to covid safety practices these are not accessible at present, however a selection of songs and poems do come on approximately hourly in the museum, perhaps your visit just missed these.....so an excuse to come back and visit us again! Thank you
Written October 13, 2021
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Andy W
Edinburgh, UK26 contributions
we had a fabulous time visiting the museum learning about the life of Robert Burns, we also went to see the cottage that he grew up in. We had some soup at the restaurant in the museum and it was very nice. There was also an excellent playwark for the children to play in.
Written July 30, 2021
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Thank you for your review, delighted that you enjoyed your visit and found lots to do
Written August 25, 2021
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Pedromcg1874
Hamilton, UK121 contributions
Family
The museum is very nice and the staff are very good and helpful. But save yourself the hassle and eat somewhere else. The cafe is a total rip off and the service is extremely lacking . Went today 1st problem 3 tea cups not cleaned.
2nd problem 3 toestys no causlaw . All withe “ u don’t need to eat it” the reply from the “supervisor”

no you need to take it away and give us what we actually ordered.

Tea came one tea pot 3 teabags.
Go back ask for tea that we ordered.
4 spoons no forks go back again.

All this and was charge £38 not ones did we receive an apology. The supervisor had an attitude as we complained 4 times and was not the only one . 2 elderly woman behind us tea withe no cups. Young family at next table problem withe the scones. Save your money and your sanity and go in to Ayr for something to eat. It is a real let down for a grate attraction and going by the reviews we are not the only ones to have problems at their cafe. NTS readily need to get there finger out and address the problem at this cafe.
Written February 14, 2022
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Please could you send me details and a suitable time to contact you to discuss further - I am disappointed that you did not receive the service you expected and would like to understand what went wrong, I will follow this up with the supervisors who manage the café but I would like a few more details about who was dealing with you and the conversations you had with them. What you describe is not the type of service we would like to offer so we would like to learn from this please email burns@nts.org,uk and I will call you to discuss further at a time that suits you.
Written March 10, 2022
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D9894MLfionas
Ayr, UK2 contributions
Friends
I am a local who visited the cafe. Lukewarm coffee and tea for 4 and 3 strawberry tarts at £22:95 was hugely overpriced and not even enjoyable!!! If you are a visitor there are far better and cheaper places in Ayr for coffee and cake. Visit the museum and play park but avoid the cafe.
Written July 7, 2021
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We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us, the team provide themselves on providing great service, home baking and freshly brewed coffee, so it is difficult to know why your coffees were not warm, as they are made to order, and also how the price you quoted was achieved. We have a wide range of freshly baked goods daily and a couple of specials: Scone and breakfast deals which are very competitive, as are I believe all our prices, We value to opportunity to resolve things if it does go wrong and I am sorry that we have not been able to do this for you on the occasion of your visit.
Written August 25, 2021
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22tangotwo
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK275 contributions
Couples
Visited here on the way to Maybole. The museum was too dark for me as a man with poor eyesight I couldn’t read very much. Also it was a please yourself route through it, as opposed to following a route.
Cafe was good food v nice.
Burns cottage a bug if a walk away & v small so got through in a couple of mins
Written September 21, 2021
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Thank you for your visit, please come back and see us on the first Tuesday of the month as this is our accessible opening day and the light levels are increased in the Museum in the afternoon, which will give you an opportunity to read more of the labels and see the exhibits in a different light
Written October 13, 2021
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APB3004
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK30 contributions
This is a well presented and informative museum based upon the life and times of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Location and parking was easy to find. Staff were extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. Many of the displays were both interesting and enjoyable. There is a good cafe on site and also a gift shop.
Written October 1, 2021
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Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit, we are delighted that you enjoyed our time with us, the team take pride in welcoming our visitors and we are pleased that we were able to help you get the most out of your time with us. we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Written October 13, 2021
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