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Celebrating 250 years of this great Scottish writer

Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom

Overview

We are now closed for the Winter season but look forward to seeing you all in Spring 2022.

Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom is one of our direct links to the great Scottish writer. In this building, Sir Walter Scott sat as Sheriff of Selkirkshire, dispensing justice for nearly 30 years until his death in 1832. The writer was intimately associated with the Borders, with its landscapes and history inspiring his prose and his background in law leading him to take the role of Sheriff-Depute in Selkirk.

This iconic building dates from 1804, with a 100-foot-high spire that stands in the Market Place of the Royal Burgh of Selkirk, next to an imposing statue dedicated to Sir Walter himself. Inside you will discover the fascinating story of Scott’s relationship with the town, through the permanent displays of personal objects which once belonged to this world-renowned writer of great literary works, such as Rob Roy and The Waverley Novels. It also has a gift shop selling books and souvenirs.

We are also pleased to bring to you our Souters’ Routes Guided Walks, where our guides will take you back through time as you walk the streets of Selkirk learning history as you take the same footsteps as Sir Walter Scott did once himself.

Pick up a children’s activity pack at reception to follow the displays and exhibition and visit our gift shop for a selection of books and souvenirs. Specially arranged group visits and educational events are welcome – please book in advance.

There is free parking close by, bike racks, disabled parking, and the museum is accessible by public transport. Assistance dogs are welcome. Coach tours are welcome.

Admission is free: donations are welcome.

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Free parking
Shop
Bike racks
Accessible by public transport
Assistance dogs only
Dogs / assistance dogs
Free admission
Coach Tours welcome
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Free parking
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There is free parking, bike rack, disable parking and the museum is accessible by public transport. Assistance dogs are welcome. Coach tours are welcome.

Admission is free: donations are welcome.

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Market Square

Selkirk, TD7 4BT

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We are now closed until Spring 2022.