The Writers’ Museum celebrates the lives of three giants of Scottish Literature – Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Home to portraits, rare books and personal objects including Burns’ writing desk, the rocking horse Scott used as a child and Stevenson’s riding boots and the ring given to him by a Samoan chief, engraved with the name ‘Tusitala’, meaning ‘teller of tales’. There is also a plaster cast of Robert Burns' skull, one of only three ever made.
Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the building, the exhibitions are accessible by stairs only.
Access with steps
Getting hereFor further information on accessible travel in Scotland, go to Transport Scotland.
Travel by public transport
Travel by taxi
The Writer's Museum is located in Lady Stair's Close and the nearest bus stop is only accessible via stairs. For more accessible way from the mound bus stop to the museum, you can travel on foot via Bank Street which brings you to the Lawnmarket.
Path to main entrance
Unfortunately, due to the age of the building, the Writers museum is not accessible for wheelchairs users and visitors with limited mobility may struggle because the museum is located on several floors with no lift.
Getting around inside
Ticket/ information desk
Regrettably, the museum (including the shop, toilets and information desk) is inaccessible for wheelchair users. The stairs are uneven and hazardous, especially later in the day when it is darker inside.
Things to See and Do
Lower ground floor
A volunteer guide in this area devoted to Robert Louis Stevenson's life and works would be very happy to tell you more about the exhibits.
The temporary space exhibit, the Robert Burns rooms and the shop/ information desk are on the first floor. The Robert Burns rooms are to the side of the main space, located up 3 steps.
The second floor is dedicated to Sir Walter Scott and other Scottish writers, old and new. There is a very narrow staircase up to this floor and a balcony with a small dedicated reading space with sofas. The steps are varying heights and the ceiling is low. A feature of some old houses, it was intended as a type of burglar because people would stumble and be caught.
Second floor toilets
First floor shop
Getting around outside
Customer care support
Emergency evacuation procedures
There is only one way in and out for the museum. The emergency exit is signed and there is a visitors assistance to help you in that case. Assembly point is located in the courtyard.