East Lothian Council

Museums in East Lothian

Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery

Photo - Dunbar Town House

The centre of town life for over 400 years of civic pride

With its distinctive witch’s hat tower and its bell, clock and sun dials, the Town House has been the focus of town life since the 16th century. Our staff are always on hand to chat about the town and the history of the building.

The building is home to a museum and gallery on the ground floor with changing historical and art exhibitions as well as a local history display area and research room managed by Dunbar and District History Society. The display areas are fully accessible.

Visitors can see the Council Chamber and an atmospheric jail cell during a tour. On the upper floors there is now a community room, available to council and community groups for meetings and events, in addition to the Council Chambers, which can be booked for meetings, civil marriages and other functions. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and for information about the current room hire charge rates.

We welcome group visits and would be delighted to discuss your requirements with you.

The Museum is free to enter although there may be a small charge for some events and activities.

If you are here for the day there is a good selection of places to eat and drink with something to offer every taste within a short walk.

Opening Hours 

  • Monday – Sunday, 1pm - 5pm (April to September)
  • Open at weekends October to March, 2pm - 4pm, with the support of Dunbar and District History Society
  • Christmas 2017: the museum will be open at weekends over the Christmas break 2pm to 4pm as above

Address & Contact Details

Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1ER

Tel: +44 (0)1620 820699 | museumseast@eastlothian.gov.uk

Access Guide

For more information on access please visit disabledGo - Dunbar Town House Museum.


Find out more about our Events, Activities and Exhibitions.

See Also

Why not enjoy a day out in Dunbar and visit our sister museum John Muir’s Birthplace or one of the other attractions in the area.

Find out more on the Visit East Lothian website.

How To Find Us

By TRAIN - The station is a 10 minute walk away. There is a train service to Dunbar from Edinburgh and the south. For timetables see http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/ and http://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/

By BUS - Regular bus services run throughout the year to and from Edinburgh City Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed and North Berwick. All stop within easy reach. For timetables see http://www.firstgroup.com/, http://www.perrymansbuses.co.uk/ and http://www.eveinfo.co.uk/.

By CAR - Dunbar is signposted off the A1 from the north and south and the Town House can be found halfway along the High Street. There is free parking available on the High Street for 1 hour or at the Splash Leisure Pool signposted just off the north end of the High Street. Coach parking is also available at the Leisure Pool car park. Electric car charging points are available at the Bleachingfield Car Park and on Spott Road between ADSA and Dunbar Garden Centre.

By BIKE - Bikes can be hired locally at http://www.belhavenbikes.co.uk/ or http://www.lawcycles.co.uk/. Cycle maps are available for purchase at the Birthplace or at http://www.spokes.org.uk/. For planned cycle routes in the area see http://www.cycle-route.com/

On FOOT – Dunbar is the official end of the John Muir Way and are delighted to welcome walkers.

Dunbar Road, Haddington, EH41 3PJ

Telephone: 01620 820600

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.