This museum of Robert Burns’ life and works will inspire the visitor to travel further afield into the Alloway Countryside, incorporating as it does, the cottage in which "Scotland’s favourite son" was born. Nestling within 10 beautiful acres of finest Alloway, the museum is a fascinating exhibit place in a gorgeous setting. Visitors will be able to view the gardens and monument created in honour of the great man, and will be able to browse a modern museum dedicated to him.
Burns, who began life as the son of an Ayrshire ploughman, is internationally renowned both as a creative, poetic force and as a feisty, patriotic representation of the Scottish character.
Visitors to Burns’ old family home will be able to experience first hand where his family grew vegetables, how his family lived and farmed, and where Robert the child was tutored… You will also be able to walk along a specially created 15 minute walk along the Poet’s Path from the cottage to Alloway Auld Kirk, to the museum itself, the Burns monument and the Brig O’Doon.
Alloway Auld Kirk is a now-ruined church which is said to be the setting for the witches’ dance in Robet Burns’ poem Tam o’ Shanter, and his father is buried in the graveyard here. The Burns Monument in Alloway is not to be confused with that at the Burns Monument Cenre in Kilmarnock. The Alloway monument, situated just outside of the museum itself, is built on the banks of the River Don, near the bridge (the Brig O’Doon), and was opened to the public in 1823. It sits on a three sided base which is intended to symbolise the three parts of Ayrshire – Carrick, Cunningham and Kyle. A bust of Robert Burns now sits on the terrace to the South of the monument – this was presented to the site by the sculptor Patric Park in 1847. Other sculptures on the site are by Thom – Tam o’ Shanter and Souter Johnnie.
Where to stay when visiting the museum
The museum and memorial monument, situated by the banks of the River Don, are very popular with visitors, attracting over 50,000 yearly. We are able to offer good accommodation of all kinds in the Ayr and Kilmarnock areas, from bed and breakfasts and cottages, to hotels and many more. The South West of Scotland holds many other attractions, so why not stay nearby and visit the entire Dumfries and Galloway area? See our accommodation listings below for more information.