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Robert Burns' Birthplace Cottage & Museum

  • 4.5

  • from 1445 Google reviews

A close up of a stone building
A close up of a stone building

Burns Cottage - Alloway by DeFacto. CC BY-SA 4.0

About the garden

Birthplace of the iconic Scotsman featuring a monument set in spectacular rose gardens

Opening times

3 Jan–31 Dec 2018: Daily 11.00–17.00 (last admission 16.30) 24 Dec & 31 Dec: 10.00–14.00

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Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



South Ayrshire Council, KA7 4RT

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  • 4.5

  • from 1445 Google reviews


7 months ago


Nice way to while away an hour or so, not a huge amount to learn but some interesting snippets. If you are a big Burns fan you will probably love it! Fab little tea room and park and nice walks to other attractions

Robert Clelland (Rab)

6 months ago


Going into the museum you have to pay.. its not free.. there is a shop and a tea room and an outside to eat and drink while you sat and watch your children play in the playing area. Further round the corner there is a Beautiful monument about Robert Burns and Tam O'Shanta that, its a lovely area to walk around and admire the scenery and the Brig O Doon too. That is free to walk about.

Lynn Higgins

10 months ago


Run by National Trust and free to members. It costs £11.50 for other people to visit. This provides access to the museum and cottage. You can see the cottage where Robert Burns lived and follow a trail to the museum. Along the trail are sculptures relating to Robert Burns. You can also see Alloway Auid Kirk, the church yard where Robert's parents are buried which is free to enter. There is also a Burns monument and gardens which are worth a visit and are free to enter. There is also a Brig O Doon bridge worth visiting for the views along the river. The museum contains Robert Burns work and stories of his life.

John Rundell

8 months ago


There's so many different places to visit you can spend the whole day here. The museum has a alright size car park, but a lot of people were taking up two spaces and it ment we had to park at the church. There is also additional parking at burns cottage incase there is no spaces at the museum or church. The main museum is quite dark but it has to be this way to preserve some of the books and writing on show. There's lots of pictures, Information in different cases about his poems. His wife and children get a section but this also includes the woman he cheated with and the children he had with them. The cafe is a good size with plenty of seating inside and out. The play area is a really good size and has a small version of the cottage he was born in. There is also zip slides.adventure play area.swings etc. Only downside you can't bring a picnic in with you cafe food only.The monument and gardens are a short walk from the museum and there very well looked after. There is plenty of benches around the gardens as well. Where you can sit and enjoy the views. The monument has a small set of stairs and has lovely view looking over the gardens and the brig o Doon bridge. The Auld Kirk is a small grave yard with a ruin in the centre. The poet's path runs beside the main road. There is not much to see and it feels like they could do much more with it. The cottage has really nice gardens and benches to sit and have something to eat. There is a small nature trail with a lovely water feature. The cottage it's self has wood carvings at the entrance. There is only 4 rooms but they could do with information board or something to explain what was happening in the rooms and how it played a part in his life it just feels a bit confusing as you walk through. There is toilets at the cottage as well as the museum.

Debbie Aske-Harris

a year ago


Museum is interesting, if a little darkly lit. The cottage was the best bit. The village is beautiful and the church and bridge are worth the walk. We enjoyed our day. The shop has some nice gifts. Lunch in the cafe was really disappointing, waited ages for burnt toast and rock hard poached eggs, but we thought maybe they are struggling to get staff at the moment.

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