Robert Burns House
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Robert Burns moved into this simple dwelling in a Dumfries back street in May 1793 and remained here until his death on 21 July 1796. The house then had a pair of bedrooms, a kitchen, parlour, and a small study where Burns did his writing. The house was let to the Dumfries Town Council in 1903 and the room in which Burns breathed his last was open to the public as a museum, though the remainder of the property continued to be occupied by a caretaker. Today the entire property is open to the public as a museum to Burns, his time in Dumfries, his life and works.
Across Burns Street from the house is a lovely rose garden commemorating the poet and his work. There are murals depicting scenes from several of Burns' most popular works, and rose beds in the shape of hearts echo the sentiment of an inscribed tablet with the works of 'My love is like a red, red, rose'.
At the top of Burns Street, where it meets St Michael Street, stands a larger than life sized statue of his wife, Jean Armour. Across Broom's Road stands the elegant church of St Michael. It was here that Burns was buried, and you can see the original site of the poet's grave and the elegant mausoleum that replaced it in the far corner of the churchyard.
About Robert Burns House
Address: Burns Street, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG1 2PS
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: Well signposted from central Dumfries. Parking is very limited nearby; it is best to park at a nearby pay and display and walk to the house.
Website: Robert Burns House
Phone: 01387 255 297
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Solway Coastal Drive - 0.2 miles (Countryside)
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura - 0.3 miles (Museum)
Old Bridge House Museum - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Robert Burns Centre - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Lincluden Collegiate Church - 1.4 miles (Historic Church)
Shambellie House Museum of Costume - 5.8 miles (Museum)
Sweetheart Abbey - 6 miles (Abbey)
New Abbey Corn Mill - 6 miles (Museum)
Nearest Accommodation to Robert Burns House:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Dumfries and Galloway
Tel: 01387 253 862