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Dumfries & Galloway

Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace

Childhood home of one of Britain’s most influential thinkers

Planning your visit

There are two hotels in the village of Ecclefechan, which serve tea and coffee.

Dogs are not permitted in the house.

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

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: 01556 502575.


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Guided tour
Large print
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Opening times


Current period1 Nov–19 Mar 2020, closed 20 Mar - 1 Nov, daily, 10.00 - 17.00 1 Nov - 31 Dec, closed

Entry prices

One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50


  • 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.
  • Large-print factsheets are available.
  • Touch tours are available – please book in advance.

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.