Writers Museum, Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city that is very proud of its history, and that of Scotland as a whole. So it comes as no surprise, that one of the things Edinburgh City Council choose to celebrate, is the contribution three legendary Scottish Writers made to literature.

The museum was founded to celebrate the life and times of Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sir Walter Scott. Rare and personal items are dotted around the exhibition spaces, which include a plaster cast of Robert Burns’ Skull and his writing desk, along with Sir Walter Scott’s Rocking Horse. You’ll also find precious first edition copies of Waverley, Scott’s novel, and Stevenson’s classic book ‘A Child’s Garden Of Verses’. Other books, manuscripts, portraits, and personal items complete the collections of these three well-known writers.

The museum is a great place to visit for both adults and children, whether they are bookworms or not. The collections bring to life the work of these famous writers, and there is something for everyone, including activity sheets to entertain and educate the children.

Bookworms will also love the small Writers’ Museum shop. You could buy themed stationary, coasters, magnets, and of course a collection of classic books. You could buy a copy of ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, take home some book themed stationary, or opt for ‘The Edinburgh Literary Companion’, a guide to the citys literary culture.

When you’ve finished in the museum, you could also take a trip outside to Makars Court, which celebrates the great Scottish poets and authors, whose work is inscribed on the flagstones in the court.

The Writers’ Museum is located in Lady Stairs House, just off the famous ‘Royal Mile’ in the heart of Edinburgh. You’re within walking distance of the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, and a host of shops and other facilities, so it’s the perfect location for a day out.

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