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Dumfries & Galloway

Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace

Childhood home of one of Britain’s most influential thinkers

Planning your visit

Please be aware that for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and employees in our hospitality venues, we will record the name and contact details of everyone who enters in order to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the venue around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. We are obliged to process this data to comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020. Please see our Data Protection page for further information.

Further to this, in National Trust for Scotland non-hospitality settings, where there is either a pre-booking system in place or there is the potential for close contact (eg in some of our smaller properties), we will ask visitors to provide limited contact information. This is for the purposes of managing the number of visitors and also to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. For further information, please see our Data Protection page.

Dogs are not permitted in the house.

For more information about planning your visit please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by telephone: 01576 300050.

Facilities & access

  • There is rough paving between the parking spaces on the road and the cottage.
  • There is one step into the main room on the ground floor, and a steep flight of stairs up to two rooms on the second floor.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what is good and where we need to do better.

Pay & Display parking is available on the road, within 50m of the property.

What the Arched House lacks in size, it makes up for in cultural significance – it’s fascinating to see where this hugely influential man grew up.

Many of Carlyle’s belongings are still in situ, along with domestic items of the time, providing an authentic glimpse into Victorian life and a fascinating insight into Thomas Carlyle’s early years. There are also many photos and reproductions of paintings of Carlyle and his wife Jane, a famous 19th-century literary couple.

Factsheets in each room, along with knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, add insight to your visit.

After your visit, enjoy a wander round the pretty village of Ecclefechan and absorb the atmosphere that nurtured the ‘Sage of Ecclefechan’. There’s a great view from the top of the village, where there’s a replica of Boehm’s statue of Carlyle on the Embankment in London.

Touch tours are available – please book in advance.

Opening times


Please note that pre-booking is required. The house will also open on Mon 31 May and Mon 2 August for the bank holidays.

Current period1 Jan–28 May 2021, closed 29 May–31 Aug, Sat & Sun, 10.00–17.00 1 Sep–31 Dec, closed

Entry prices

One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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