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Dumfries & Galloway

Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace

Childhood home of one of Britain’s most influential thinkers

Planning your visit


Friday 4 December

To mark Thomas Carlyle’s 225th birthday, we’re opening his birthplace cottage for this special occasion.

Born in Ecclefechan in 1795, Thomas Carlyle became one of the most prolific writers and social commentators of the 19th century. At his birthplace you can see many artefacts from his childhood, and view his 80th birthday tribute, signed by many Victorian public figures.

A standard ticket covers up to 6 people from 1 household.

Members can visit for free, but must book a slot and be from the same household.

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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


We are open for one day on Friday 4 December, 10.00–17.00.

Current period1 Dec 2020–31 Mar 2021, closed

Entry prices

One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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