The Robert Burns Centre


About The Robert Burns Centre

Situated in the town’s eighteenth century watermill on the west bank of the River Nith, the Robert Burns Centre tells the story of Robert Burns’ last years spent in the bustling streets and lively atmosphere of Dumfries in the late eighteenth century.

The converted 18th century mill is also home to The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre (RBCFT), a 69-seat cinema. The RBCFT screens a mixture of contemporary independent cinema as well as foreign language and arthouse films, documentaries, live events and classic films.

It also programmes regular screenings for children and families as well as autism friendly relaxed screenings and dementia friendly films. Throughout the winter months, it hosts the popular Monday Night Film Club where customers stay on to discuss the evening film over coffee.

Find out more below, or for more detailed information, visit the DG Culture website.

What you’ll see


Recently redisplayed, the exhibition showcases a precious collection of artefacts that are of national significance.

Explore Dumfries

Visitors can explore Dumfries as it would have been at the time of Robert Burns through a fascinating 3D landscape model, with additional information and illustrations available on two new gallery apps.

Activities for youngsters

An audio booth gives visitors the chance to listen to contemporary performances of the poets’ songs and poems and younger visitors can discover more about Scotland’s national bard through a new gallery trail, colouring sheets, word games and jigsaws.

More Information


Robert Burns Centre,
Mill Road,


There is a ramp to the entrance of the centre and a stair lift is available to access the first floor exhibition area. Toilets, including a disabled access toilet, are on the ground floor.


Admission is free.
To find the most up to date information about opening times please visit DG Culture.


Situated in the Robert Burns Centre, The Jaggy Thistle is a licensed cafe/restaurant offering tea, coffee, wine, beers, hot food, lite bites and refreshments. There is an outside seating area that is child and pet friendly that overlooks the River Nith with stunning views of Dumfries.

The Jaggy Thistle

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