Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

Historic Buildings & Homes

The Arched House, Ecclefechan, Nr Lockerbie, Dumfries And Galloway, DG11 3DG

    A museum devoted to writer and historian Thomas Carlyle, one of the most influential thinkers in 19th century Britain.

    The Arched House in which Carlyle was born on 4 December 1795, was built four years previously by his father and uncle who were both master masons. The museum has been open to the public since 1883 and during that time has changed little meaning the house retains much of it original Victorian character and provides a fascinating insight into Scottish town life during 19th century.

    Over three rooms, the museum displays a fascinating collection of portraits, together with a selection of Carlyle's personal belongings.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jun 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 12:00 16:00
    Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday Closed
    Thursday Closed
    Friday 12:00 16:00
    Saturday 12:00 16:00
    Sunday 12:00 16:00

    1 June to 30 September, Friday to Monday, 12-4pm

    Note: Also open Easter weekend


    • Shop A small section of books for sale about Thomas Carlyle, as well as some postcards.


    • Parking Parking is available on the road, within 50m of the property.

    Payment Methods

    • Mastercard

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    Attraction Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 1

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Large print (at least 14 point)


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

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