The Writers' Museum

Lady Stair's Close High Street Edinburgh EH1 2PA

Edinburgh's status as the first ever UNESCO World City of Literature has much to do with its close connections to native novelists Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as Scotland's national poet, the Ayrshire farmer, Robert Burns. All are commemorated in a museum housed in an attractive Old Town residence, full of narrow corridors and winding staircases, with storyboards, display cases and a sometimes bizarre collection of artefacts offering connections and insights into the literary heroes. Engraved paving stones in the pleasant courtyard outside commemorate a wide range of other local literary figures.

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