It was in this simple sandstone house in a quiet Dumfries street that Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, spent the last years of his brilliant life. He died here in 1796 at the age of just thirty-seven. The house gives us a picture of how the poet and his family lived in the late eighteenth century and is now a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world.
You can see his desk and chair in the study where he wrote his best known poems, the famous Kilmarnock and Edinburgh editions of his work, many original manuscripts and belongings of the poet and his family. The sales area has books, gifts and keepsakes, all with a Burns connection. You can take a free escorted tour to St Michael’s Churchyard and the interior of Burns Mausoleum - please ask about times.
Open all year
Easter (or 1 April) to September, Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 2pm - 5pm
October - Easter (or 31 March), Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm
The house is reached by steps – please contact us for more information.
Robert Burns House, Burns Street, Dumfries, DG1 2PS
tel: 01387 255297