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Visit Robert Burns Ellisland Museum & Farm

See nature through the poet’s eyes

Book a tour or just drop by

There is so much to see at Ellisland Museum and Farm, from the romantic first house Burns built for his wife Jean Armour to the creative spaces where some of his most famous works were written.

You can walk on the path where he wrote Tam o’ Shanter, see the field where he spied the Wounded Hare and stroll by the river where he once cast his fishing rod (which is also in our collection!) 

Opening Times

We are now closed for the season. This means we will no longer take walk-in visits, however, visits can be booked on a case-by-case basis via email at info@ellislandfarm.co.uk or telephone at 01387740426.

Please keep an eye on our “What’s On” page to keep up to date with events.

Admission Prices

Adults: £5.00

Under 18s: £2.50

Ellisland Members: Free

We have a range of membership options available at Ellisland Museum and Farm. Please see our Become a Member page to find out more, or contact us with any enquiries.


  • Ample car parking 
  • Toilets
  • Picnic area
  • Riverside walks and children’s trails. 

Please note the farmyard is cobbled and toilets are accessible via a ramp. There are two steps inside the historic building with a portable ramp available on request.

See & Do

Find out all about what you can see and do at Ellisland Museum and Farm.

Venue Hire at Ellisland

If you’re looking for a unique venue to host your event, we have some fantastic spaces available at Ellisland Farm & Museum.

Our atmospheric Threshing Barn can seat 50+ theatre style. We can also arrange outside caterers for Burns Suppers or other meals. If you would like exclusive use of Robert Burns’ Ellisland farmhouse to celebrate in style, please contact us to discuss further.

School & Educational Visits

Ellisland Museum & Farm welcomes pre-booked school parties of all ages. Our Curriculum for Excellence schools programme is an ideal introduction to the poetry and life of Robert Burns, life in the past and hands-on history. As well as seeing where Burns lived and worked, both as a farmer and a poet, pupils can explore the outdoor space such as the orchard and paths where he wrote Tam o Shanter and To A Wounded Hare. The farm also has an extensive collection of farm machinery spanning two centuries, including dairy and domestic equipment.

If you are interested in a school visit to Ellisland please fill in the form below.

Dogs Welcome!

Dogs are welcome onsite at Ellisland Museum and Farm. We have a complimentary water bowl available and dogs are welcome on site, however we are only able to allow assistance dogs to accompany you as you visit the collections in the Farmhouse.

If you have any queries about wider accessibility, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How to get here?

The nearest bus stop is on the A76 at the end of the road to the museum. It is a 0.2 mile walk from the bus stop to the museum up our private road.

Car parking is free to museum visitors, a small donation is recommended for visitors only utilising the walking paths.


Please use our access guide to evaluate our accessibility for your needs and contact us if you feel there is any adaptations we can make.

Download the access guide by clicking the download button below.

Where are we?

We are located 6 miles north of Dumfries on the A76. There is a short private road (0.2 miles) leading to Robert Burns Ellisland Museum & Farm from the A76.

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Life at Ellisland

Discover Burns’s life at Ellisland in more detail and enhance your visit to his romantic first house.


Burns experienced his most creative and fruitful years here at Ellisland. He found great poetic inspiration in the beauty of the surrounding countryside, the various people he met and the events he witnessed whilst living here.

Burns Attractions

Ellisland Museum and Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Robert Burns’ birthplace in Alloway and his final resting place at St Michael’s Cemetery in Dumfries.


There is so much to see at Ellisland Museum and Farm, so please allow at least an hour for a short visit and two to three hours for a full visit. We’re a short, 5 mile drive from the centre of nearby Dumfries, just off the A76.

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