Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Exploring Edinburgh // The Writers Museum


The Writers Museum - a one for all you literary fans out there. This hidden gem really is just that, and although we knew it's location...we still had a mini mission to locate it.
Set back off the road, up a set of stairs at Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh, The Writers Museum is in a astounding building that actually dates back to 1622!!!! If that isn't enough reason alone to visit it, then the fact that it houses items that tell the stories of three of the biggest names in Scottish literature Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, sure is!


[This post is another photo heavy one. I went a little overboard getting excited at every little item I saw...although I have to say I'm not the biggest literature fan, more so history. This was my companion for the day, Claire's, heaven!
Please also be aware this was way back in March, therefore photos were taken on my old camera and suck :P]






As I said, the building itself is amazing. The 'house' itself is named Lady Stair's House, named so because of  Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Stair, an early 18th century owner and it now belongs to the city of Edinburgh after being gifted in 1907.

As you walk up the steps from N Bank Street there is another little nod at Scottish writers in the form of quote engraved flagstones! There are a whole range of these, by many different writers and not just those featured in the museum. They are apparently added to frequently as well.









The cool thing about this museum is it just feels so personal. Being in a super old building, the rooms are small and cosy and the items on display aren't just books and the like. Over three ( I think) floors, which are navigable via a pretty cool stone spiral staircase, there is everything from household furniture items and personal possessions of the writers to first edition novels and stunning paintings.







From a place I didn't even know existed to a place I'm so glad I visited, I have to highly recommend this trove of absolute treasures to all fans of the featured writers or literacy.history in general. We were lucky enough to be there when it was super quiet and were the only guests! Although it obviously wasn't a requirement - I felt like I had to whisper with it being so quiet haha Have you ever been in a situation like that before?
Anyways, hope you enjoyed this! Let me know if you've been here or if you didn't know it existed until now so I feel less oblivious and ignorant :P


15 comments:

  1. Oh my word, it's like a little Fairytale castle, which is so apt! I love finding little interesting museums that tell a little story. You've made me want to go to Edinburgh even more now.
    Bee xxx
    QueenBeady.com

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    1. Isn't it just?! If/When you do get to go make sure you have a good couple of days there - there is just SO much to see and do!

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  2. Oh wow this place looks amazing! Right up my street as well I'd love to visit if I'm ever in Edinburgh. I bet it's peaceful with it being so quiet!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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    1. You would love it J! If you ever visit Edinburgh you had better tell me so I can come meet you!

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  3. This place looks so cool! I really need to go to Edinburgh and have a look around, there seems to be so much cool stuff there. You got some great photos as well Danielle! - Tasha

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    1. You do! There really is SO much it's crazy. Thank you :)

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  4. Looks so amazing, would love to go there :)
    Clem x
    http://clemloves.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Do it!! But make sure you have plenty time..there is far too much else to see in Edinburgh haha

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  5. WOW
    Never heard of this place but I would sure visit! I love the interior, the old books the history! ugh!
    You take beautiful pictures Danielle! makes me feel like I'm there!
    Jade x

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    1. I'd never heard of it before the day we went! I'm glad I went though. It's free to get in too which is amazing.

      xo

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  6. I definitely didn't know this existed! I love the look of the building, it's so so old!

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    1. It really is a hidden gem eh? I'd happily live there it's such a pretty house.

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  7. One of my oldest friends moved to Edinburgh recently and I'm excited to visit. When I do, I'll definitely be checking this out. Thanks for sharing! x
    Emily
    thebelljarxo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh really?! Yes! A great place to visit and many, many things to keep you going back - so much to see and do!

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  8. It looks amazing! I would love to visit Edinburgh one day! My ancestors are form there, I'm 5th generation living in South Africa. It would be awesome learning more of my heritage.

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