Entry to the museum and cottage is £9 for adults and free for children or FREE if you are National Trust/National Trust for Scotland members.
I explained to our children before we visited who Robert Burns was - I reminded them how they had celebrated Burns night at school and at home every January, the importance of haggis (and reminded them of when they'd tried it for lunch) and how we sing 'Auld Lang Syne' every New Year's Eve.
Robert Burns Museum
We decided to visit the museum first (your admission gives you admission to both the museum and cottage/birthplace which are located a few minutes drive from each other) and we received a warm welcome. I have to say there was a lot to see and do for all ages and abilities and the museum is one of the best historical museum's I have been in for children. Every exhibition was matched with an interactive and interesting activity for the children to try.
Investigating some 'burning issues'
Writing our own love poems to tie to the love tree
Playing a set of interactive games together including 'shoot the haggis'
Creating shadow portraits
After a lovely hour or so spent at the museum, we hopped in the car and travelled the few minutes up the road to Burns Cottage. The cottage is smaller than the museum and it's only a few rooms but walking around really gives you the sense of what inspired Burns writing and how he lived. You can even read his report card from school.
The cottage gardens are beautiful and I wish the weather had have been on our side so we could have enjoyed them properly.
If you visit the West Coast of Scotland, a visit to the Robert Burns Museum really is a must in my eyes. There is something for the whole family to take away and I really hope our trip has inspired my little writers of the future.
If you're looking for information on how to cook Haggis, check out this Haggis recipe by Big Stevie Cool.
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