Visitor Information

Opening times:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

(The shop closes at 4.45pm on each of these days.)

See our main Visiting Information page for details of opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period.


Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


The Writers’ Museum doesn’t have a café, but there are many cafés, restaurants and pubs along the Royal Mile.

The Writers’ Museum  has a small shop with a range of gifts for book lovers.


Access to the Writers’ Museum is by stairs only, due to the historic nature of the building.

Group visits

Because of the number of requests we receive for group visits, if you are planning to visit with a number of others (eg a class or tour group) please complete our Group Visit booking form as far in advance of your proposed visit as possible. This will enable us to determine whether or not we will be able to accommodate your group on the preferred date(s).

Contact us: 

The Writers' Museum, Lady Stairs House, Lady Stairs Close, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PA

Tel:  0131 529 4901

Fax: 0131 529 3993


Map and directions