|[Dunbar High Street]|
Dunbar is an attractive and important settlement on the east coast road and rail routes. Its location halfway between Edinburgh and the English border has made it a target over the centuries for marauding armies, alternating between English and Scottish depending on who held the local castle at the time. The castle's now a stumpy ruin, further demolished by the picturesque harbour complex adjacent to the castle walls. The town has fared better in the long term, with a handsome main street, a couple of museums, interesting local coastline and an overabundance of flowers in the public toilets. Considering it's one of the largest towns for miles around, there's a surprisingly small selection of shops and eateries, though if cafes are your thing then it's your lucky day.
|[Town House Museum]|
Name: Dunbar ★★★☆☆
Location: G.R.: NT 679791 / gardens ocean licks
Within walking distance
>> see separate post for Dunbar Castle ★★☆☆☆
Name: John Muir's Birthplace Museum ★★★☆☆
Description: Small but smart museum detailing the life of John Muir, born in the town and the founder of the National Parks movement.
Location: High Street, town centre, G.R.: NT 679790 / shorter september backpack
Open (2017): Daily, April to September; Wednesday to Sunday, October to March
Name: Town House Museum ★☆☆☆☆
Description: Historic building containing a very small local history exhibition; council chamber and jail cell to view by guided tour upstairs - unavailable on our visit.
Location: High Street, town centre, G.R.: NT 679789 / info dispenser desks
Open (2017): Daily, April to September; weekend afternoons, October to March
>> see separate post for Walk: Dunbar's coastal playground ★★★☆☆
|[John Muir's Birthplace Museum]|
>> see separate post for Belhaven Bay ★★★☆☆ (1 mile away)