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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Overview

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum includes: 
  • Burns Cottage: birthplace of Robert Burns, built in 1757 by the poet’s father. It has been restored to appear as it would have done in the 1700’s with a sparsely furnished interior. The simplicity of the cottage gives you an understanding of the scale of the poet's achievements that he rose from such humble beginnings.
  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum: Brand new in 2011, this modern visitor centre finally does justice to the reputation of Scotland's National Bard. The museum has a very complete range of Burns relics, including the original manuscripts and personal items. Technology has been used to add some interactivity to the experience and to broaden the appeal of the museum for younger visitors. It is arguably the most comprehensive museum about his life, work, political beliefs and relationships. You can take a guided tour of the museum, but these are only offered at weekends. A self guided tour will take you about 1 – 2 hours (if you are really interested in the detail). Our only criticisms are the fact that the layout is initially a bit confusing and you don’t know quite which order to do the exhibits in, and the various manuscripts in  Burns hand writing are often hard to decipher as there are no transcripts beside them. These are small criticisms and the overall presentation of the museum does a very good job of bringing the personality of Robert Burns to life. There is a cafe and gift shop, but the gifts are of good quality.
  • Auld Alloway Kirk and the Brig o’Doon are near to the Museum and are an essential part of a visit as they feature so prominently in the famous poem "Tam o'Shanter". The spooky Auld Kirk is interesting as it looks much as it would have done in Burns’ time. It is also the burial place of his father. His tombstone greets you as you climb the steps into the graveyard.
  • The Monument: There isn’t a lot to be seen at the Monument, but it does have attractive views down to the very beautiful setting of the Brig o’Doon.

Address:

Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ

Operated by:

National Trust for Scotland

Opening Hours:

April - September: Daily, 10am - 5:30pm October - March: Daily, 10am - 5:00pm Closed between 25 - 26 December and 1 - 2 January

Admission:

£ 10.50 adult, £ 7.50 concession, Family £24.50

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English

Accessibility:

Yes, but narrow doorways and uneven floor in cottage and museum

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

Yes

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