John Paul Jones Cottage Museum & Visitor Centre


Arbigland, Kirkbean, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 8BQ

    Discover the life and times of John Paul Jones, 'The Father of the American Navy' at the traditional cottage where he was born in 1747.

    Now a museum, you can take the audio tour around the cottage, which is still furnished in the style of the 1700s. The multi projector audio visual programme is presented in the beautifully reconstructed cabin of his ship Bonhomme Richard, in which he defeated HMS Serapis off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire in 1779.

    The visitor centre also boasts an impressive interpretive exhibition on his life, a small shop and pretty grounds. Why not make the most of the picnic area, where you can soak up stunning views of the Solway and the Lake District?

    3 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

    From April to September we are open Tuesday to Saturday and bank holiday Mondays. During July and August we are open every day.

    Ticket Information
    children Free
    concessions £3.00 per ticket
    full price £3.50 per ticket

    Full price £3.50,concessions £3.00. Children go free!

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Children Welcome

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome


    • Public Toilet Facilities


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- From Dumfries station proceed by foot or taxi via English Street, High Street and Friars Vennel to bus stance 5 Whitesands.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow Airport take M8 east and join M74 southbound. At Beattock/Moffat take A701 westbound signposted Dumfries. From Dumfries town centre take A710, proceed through New Abbey to Kirkbean village, then follow tourist signs for John Paul Jones Cottage.

    Getting there by ferry:- From Stranraer take A75 signposted for Dumfries, 4 miles past Castle Douglas turn right signposted Dalbeattie B794. At crossroads in Dalbeattie cross the A711 onto the A710, proceed to Kirkbean village 14 miles on. At Kirkbean follow tourist signs for John Paul Jones Cottage.

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