Celebrating 250 years of this great Scottish writer

Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom


Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom has reopened its doors for the 2024 season! We look forward to welcoming you all back!

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.

Your visit is Free. Please donate to help us keep this unique attraction and museum free to everyone. Your donation plays a vital role in helping us to improve our visitor experience.

Find out more about our 2024 Exhibitions and Events – CLICK HERE

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 pleased to bring 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.  To find out more and to book click here.

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Accessing the Museum

CLICK HERE to view our access statement for full information on accessibility in the Museum.

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What's On

What's On

Plan your visit

Free parking
Bike racks
Accessible by public transport
Assistance dogs only
Dogs / assistance dogs
Free admission
Coach Tours welcome
Disabled parking
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Pick up a children’s activity pack at reception and visit our gift shop for a selection of books and souvenirs. Specially arranged group visits, coach tours and educational events are welcome – please book in advance.

There is free parking, bike rack, disabled parking and the museum is accessible by public transport. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Your visit is FREE. Please DONATE.

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Market Square

Selkirk, TD7 4BT

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Opening Times

April-October Opening Times
  • Monday 11:00 - 16:00
  • Tuesday Closed -
  • Wednesday Closed -
  • Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 16:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

April to October 

Monday: 11:00 – 16:00
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11:00 – 16:00
Friday: 11:00 – 16:00
Saturday: 11:00 – 16:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 16:00