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“A must if you are a book lover”
Review of Writers' Museum

Writers' Museum
Ranked #72 of 404 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
259 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“A must if you are a book lover”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

The writer's museum is located in a beautiful building just behind the Royal Mile. It is dedicated to Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. The building itself is stunning as well with loads of small corners, staff is friendly and the museum houses a nice exhibition with loads of info about the writers. The small shop Sells a good range of books. I rally love this place.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A book lovers haven”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is a great museum. It is in a fabulous building and superbly set out. I am now more knowledgeable on Robert Louis Stevenson, Burns and Scott. The staff were friendly and welcoming. We all loved our visit - next trip we want to do the book lovers walk

Visited February 2013
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Haworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Small is beautiful”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Splendid little treasure trove of a museum. Clearly underfunded and looking a little raggedy around the edges because of it, but also very clearly loved by the curators who've put it together. There are one or two objects that just simply take your breath away: Walter Scott's childhood hobby horse, for instance. Simple, traditional, informative labelling that treats you like a grown-up rather than part of a focus group. One of the best museums in Edinburgh in my opinion.

Visited December 2012
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World Nomad
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Left this till too late in my trip”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is really worth having a look through. Not only do you learn about some of the big 3 writers from Scotland and the stories behind them but you also get to look around one of the most beautiful mansions from old Edinburgh. Make sure you set out to see this one.

Visited December 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Recommended for all bookworms”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Tucked away into a tiny little nook near the Edinburgh Castle, this place is very easy to miss. Located at the far end of the Royal Mile, this is a must if you love Burns, Sir Walter Scott or simply want to go back in time and spend a quite hour or so in the company of books.

Visited November 2012
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