Dumfries - the Burns connection

[Robert Burns Mausoleum]

Alloway is often regarded as the Robert Burns capital of Scotland: the poet was born here in 1759. But Dumfries also has a reasonable claim, for it was here that Burns spend the latter years of his life before passing away at the young age of 37. Unsurprisingly there are enough Burns-related attractions here to quench the thirst of even the most obsessive of enthusiasts. You can visit both his last residence and his resting place as well as a decent exhibition at the Robert Burns Centre, the latter reached by a pedestrian suspension bridge across the turbulent River Nith. Also take time to seek out the Globe Inn, Burns' favourite watering hole, hidden away down a narrow alley just off the main street.

[Robert Burns House]

Name: Robert Burns Centre ☆☆☆
Description: Exhibition about the poet's life housed in an 18th century water mill, also home to a theatre / cinema and decent-looking restaurant.
Location: Mill Road, 10-min walk south-west from Dumfries Midsteeple, G.R.: NX 970759 / funky ignites believer
Open (2017): Daily, April to September; Tuesday to Saturday, October to March
Cost: Free

Name: Robert Burns House ☆☆☆
Description: Small, central and sparsely decorated house where Burns passed away in 1796.
Location: Burns Street, 5-min walk south from Dumfries Midsteeple, G.R.: NX 974758 / workbook resold exotic
Open (2017): Daily, April to September; Tuesday to Saturday, October to March
Cost: Free

Name: Robert Burns Mausoleum ☆☆☆
Description: Beautiful domed burial place for the poet and his family, located within St Michael's Churchyard.
Location: St Michael Street, 5-min walk south from Dumfries Midsteeple, G.R.: NX 976757 / saints adjusting arriving
Open: Always (exterior only)
Cost: Free

[Robert Burns Centre]

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