Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

A Museums & Art Galleries in Dumfriesshire

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Looking upon this humble house today, it is inspiring to reflect that this was the birthplace of one of Britain's most influential thinkers.
Thomas Carlyle was born here in 1795, and went on to become a great writer and historian, as well as one of the leading voices on 19th-century morals and social equality.

The interior of the house is furnished to reflect domestic life at Carlyle's time and contains a fascinating collection of portraits and Carlyle's personal belongings. The great social historian Thomas Carlyle was born in this house constructed by his father and uncle, both local stonemasons. The three rooms of the museum contain many of Carlyle's possessions, providing a fascinating insight into 19th-century life in a small Scottish town.
Opening times

House: 22 Apr to 30 Sep, Fri to Mon 1-5
Admission prices : FREE to members - Join Now
Adult £3.50
Family £8.50
1 Parent £6.50
Concession £2.50

Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

Dumfries & Galloway
DG11 3DG
T 0844 493 2247
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The Private House Stay's Guide


Private House Stays defines Dumfriesshire as the Eastern half of the Dumfries and Galloway area that includes the spectacular Bird watching and beauty spots along the Solway Firth and stretches North along the A76 through Sanquhar until you meet up with Southern Ayrshire. It is a much under-rated part of Scotland except by the North-west English who have holidayed here for generations. The Northern coastline of the Solway is a magnet for artists and the Kirkcudbright and Wigtown Book festivals are highly rated.