Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Birthplace of poet Robert Burns.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Rae67
    Luton, United Kingdom135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    We knew a little about Robert Burns and that he wrote poems but found out a lot more and what he achieved in his short life. Found out about his different poems, his mistresses and illegitimate children. He certainly did a lot in his short life!
    Thank you for visiting us, pleased to hear we were able to share more. About the life and inspiration of our National Bard
    Written 12 September 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Martin
    Cumnock, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place
    Visited a while back and will return . Had a loely time reading details in the displays in main building and explored the grounds and further afield. Very pleased when my wife bought me a book on Rabbie's poems. Would recommend. (Also, the Cafe had tasty food)
    Thank you for your feedback, please do come and see us soon. If you can make it before the end of September you will catch the exhibition of our new acquisition of letters before they go for further research
    Written 12 September 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • robilot
    Ayr, United Kingdom15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    See where Burns was born and brought up
    Burns cottage in Alloway village is the real thing where Burns was born and brought up. Lovely gardens too. Get a real feel of Burns there running about helping his Dad. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Great if could buy refreshments and keepsakes there especially on hot day. Pity not used more for events.
    Thank you for leaving feedback from your visit. We are reviewing our events programme for next year and hope to do more with the smallholding space, perhaps for family workshops and we are hoping to have some sort of family day that would celebrate the cottage during summer. Keep an eye on our social media and the NTS Website for updates
    Written 12 September 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Katie
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit
    The museum was informative and engaging with tons of information on Robert Burns and his writing. Lots of interactive bits for kids and adults including many of his poems recorded and recited in Scots. The museum also used Scots in the interpretive panel (with translations) which was a lovely touch.
    Thank you for taking the time to review you are visit. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit and found lots to engage with.
    Written 2 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Bill T
    Leicester, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A credit to Burns memory
    I'm not a huge Burns fan but I really enjoyed this visit. The NTS deserve credit for bringing so many facets of this Burns experience (the museum, the cottage, the monument, the gardens) without turning it into a theme park. We went thinking we would just be there for an hour or so but spent the whole afternoon there. Certainly, the weather was kind. My only criticism of the museum was the lighting of the exhibits. The reason for the low level was explained but many of the descriptions are simply illegible because of that. I would encourage NTS to find a solution. We had coffee and a scone and then lunch in the cafe and it was very good indeed. The home made pork and haggis sausage roll was excellent (and the cloeslaw was very good). I must finally comment on the staff. I think they are the best of any of the NTS attractions we have visited. They were, without exception, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and coped well under stress. A credit to Scottish hospitality.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2024
  • Suratrichard
    Surat Thani, Thailand2,378 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting.
    Owned by the National Trust of Scotland but English NT membership can gain free entry. It doesn’t take that long to look around but it certainly gives an insight into what life was like in Burns’ lifetime. There’s a nearby car park and everything is on one level so anyone with mobility problems could cope.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 June 2024
  • DeanMurphy2020
    Orlando, Florida7,689 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot☺
    What New Year Eve celebration would be complete without a rendition of Auld Lang Syne, a song composed by Robert Burns, who lived a surprisingly short 37 years [1759–1796]? This site is maintained by the National Trust for Scotland and comprises Burns’ Cottage, his birthplace. A Burns-based museum has existed since 1903 [think Wright brothers’ first flight], and Burns’ Cottage has exhibited artifacts related to Scotland’s national Bard as early as the 1820s. Quaint thatched roofs are on most buildings in the complex, and doorways were not intended for tall people. Take care not to knock your noggin☺ There is far more to do than visit a humble cottage. Paths meander through a pleasant park environment void of city noises. Invest some time to relax, enjoy nature, and reflect on the peaceful environment that inspired Burns’s writing.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 June 2024
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scotlandsno1gal
Port Glasgow, UK203 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Solo
I visited the museum on 6th September for £10 I was very disappointed in it. I felt it wasn’t worth the money. One it was that dark inside you couldn’t make out writing about things and also couldn’t take May photos as it being dark you had to use flash and the flash bounces off the glass and you don’t get good clear photos
Written 6 September 2020
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KahS
Alloa, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Definitely worth a visit. Although it is as expected a bit pricey there is plenty to see. There is the main museum with plenty to see and interact with then included in the ticket price is access to the burns cottage and monument. Although the cottage is a 30 second see the grounds are nice with a lovely woodland walk and the walk between the museum and cottage “Poets Path” is nice.
The cafe and gift shop are expensive but that can be expected on national trust sites. Overall a great experience and worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written 31 March 2022
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Craigmil1ar
Glasgow, UK191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Fab wee museum, chock full of interactive displays and games for all ages. Take a shadow portrait, design a shortbread tin, try to beat your family at memory games... All the while surrounded by fascinating objects all relating to Robert Burns. So much more to the man than I first thought!
Written 19 March 2020
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Glad you enjoyed the museum and learned lots of new Burns whilst having fun. Hope you got some time outside to visit the cottage and the monument but if not it's an excuse to come back and visit us again soon.
Written 26 August 2020
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782friedag
Coffs Harbour, Australia39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I visited the cottage as part of the visitor centre museum ticket. I used to visit regularly but this was my first visit in approx 8 years. It was interesting but i felt needed a lick of paint on the outside and perhaps more things to see at this site. I personally didn't like the modern ghost images circling inside the main cottage room. There were gardens which i imagine would be lovely in summer. There was a nice wee post office and coffee shop across the road.
Written 24 January 2020
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Thank you for visiting your cottage and taking the time to write your review. The outside of the building is Lime washed as it would have been during the time of Burns and as paint would be an inappropriate treatment for the stone. This will be re-done as part of the current restoration project which is approximately half way to completion. We do leave the cottage as close as possible to how it was when the family lived there so people can get a sense of how Burns lived, the Museum being the main home of the collection and interpretation.
Written 25 January 2020
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Eddie R.
Kelso, UK2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We started our tour in the Museum which has loads of history on Burns although the low lighting level makes for difficult reading of the paperwork on display it was also a bit noisy from lots of young children. Cafe next for scones and coffee and very enjoyable, price is reasonable. Back out to see the very tidy memorial gardens and climb the memorial, good view of the Brig o' Doon, we found a little gem in the garden , the small Statue House, when you enter into the small room a audio tape of Tam o' Shanter started up and it was brilliant, I think the museum would benefit from similar tapes of Rabbie's Poems.
Written 30 August 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to visit us and to eave such a helpful review. As a family friendly museum there are usually children around and they can tend to be a little excited especially if they have been playing in our children's play area, however this tends to be later in the day, so visiting when we open at 10am through the week might be quieter. I am glad you found the statue house and appreciate the feedback abut audio in the museum, we have handsets for listening to poems, however due to covid safety practices these are not accessible at present, however a selection of songs and poems do come on approximately hourly in the museum, perhaps your visit just missed these.....so an excuse to come back and visit us again! Thank you
Written 13 October 2021
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mcmonScotland
Girvan, UK807 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is an interesting museum complex in two locations. The original house is well preserved and shows what life would have been like in 18th century Scotland. A short distance away, through the statue park and near the Auld Kirk, is the modern interpretation museum. It is a wonderful facility with excellent exhibits detailing the life and times of Robert Burns. Additionally, there is a great gift shop and a large cafe serving delicious food and drinks.
Written 30 January 2020
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Andy W
Edinburgh, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
we had a fabulous time visiting the museum learning about the life of Robert Burns, we also went to see the cottage that he grew up in. We had some soup at the restaurant in the museum and it was very nice. There was also an excellent playwark for the children to play in.
Written 30 July 2021
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Thank you for your review, delighted that you enjoyed your visit and found lots to do
Written 25 August 2021
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Trey C
Calgary, Canada372 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Headed to Scotland for the first time so some Robbie Burns history was important. Interesting place. The age of the artifacts blows my mind. Museum is very well laid out and tells the story of this man and the different stages and aspects of his life. I was able to purchase a ticket onsite when I arrived. In addition to the museum, there are other things in the area to explore like the walkway, gardens, auld kirk, cottage, and bridge.
Written 3 December 2021
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Thank you for including us in your first visit to Scotland, we are delighted that you found lots to enjoy and engage with in the Museum and the wider site. Come back soon!
Written 10 March 2022
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570lynt
Tranent, UK39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Very friendly and welcoming staff. A really interesting museum to visit. Loads of information about Robert Burns and his family and lots of fantastic exhibits. Well worth going along to see. It took us a couple of hours to view both the museum and the Cottage Robert Burns was born in.
Written 22 March 2022
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Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to leave a review of your visit, we are delighted to hear that you found lots to do and see.
Written 30 March 2022
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D9894MLfionas
Ayr, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
I am a local who visited the cafe. Lukewarm coffee and tea for 4 and 3 strawberry tarts at £22:95 was hugely overpriced and not even enjoyable!!! If you are a visitor there are far better and cheaper places in Ayr for coffee and cake. Visit the museum and play park but avoid the cafe.
Written 7 July 2021
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We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us, the team provide themselves on providing great service, home baking and freshly brewed coffee, so it is difficult to know why your coffees were not warm, as they are made to order, and also how the price you quoted was achieved. We have a wide range of freshly baked goods daily and a couple of specials: Scone and breakfast deals which are very competitive, as are I believe all our prices, We value to opportunity to resolve things if it does go wrong and I am sorry that we have not been able to do this for you on the occasion of your visit.
Written 25 August 2021
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