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Small but Interesting Nonetheless

We had an hour to spare on a cold afternoon and decided to visit this small property in Tarbolton... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2018
pippin33
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Ayr
Rounding off the Burns connection

It is only open from 1pm - 4pm, but worth a visit, as it is 1 of a very rare few well preserved... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
Geodine L
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Bachelors' Club has been restored to show how the building may have looked during Burns's time. This two-room house where Burns and his peers would meet regularly 'to forget their cares and labour in mirth and diversion' has its share of stories.
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

We had an hour to spare on a cold afternoon and decided to visit this small property in Tarbolton. Entry is free. There are only two rooms downstairs and one upstairs so it doesn't take a long time to see the property and contents. A...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank pippin33
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Bachelors' Club, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2018

So pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit, we close over the winter at the end of September so anyone interested in visiting the property should check the website for opening times before going

Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

It is only open from 1pm - 4pm, but worth a visit, as it is 1 of a very rare few well preserved period properties. The guide was very well informed and took us upstairs to where the club had their meetings above the spirit...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Geodine L
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Bachelors' Club, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thank you for a lovely review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 28 December 2017

This historic Burns site deserves to be visited more often. It throws a shaft of light onto Robert Burn's formative years as a young adult as well as being an illustration of how The Enlightenment reached deep into the Scottish grassroots, not just the literati...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Norma C
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Bachelors' Club, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

For anyone reading this review please note that the Bachelor's Club is only open seasonally and we advise you refer to the NTS Website for opening times when planning to visit. I would appreciate if you could contact me to discuss your visit further burns@nts.org.uk,...More

Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

This small but fascinating place, in a very ordinary village, is worth a visit to see where Rabbie Burns met with his fellow bachelors, a sort of early Mason's lodge. Upstairs and down give a real flavour of his times, with some interesting (and desirable!)...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Mike S
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Bachelors' Club, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Thank you for your review and pointing out it is important to check opening times. The property is now closed for the winter and will reopen for Easter 2018, anyone planning a visit should refer to the National Trust for Scotland Website for opening hours.

Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Run by the National trust this is a very small building that is famed for its connection with Robert Burns in fact he was made a Freemason in the building, worth a visit check on line for opening times.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank James G
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Bachelors' Club, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

thanks for taking the time to review. The Bachelor's Club will be open until the end of September from 1-5pm Friday-Tuesday, we are closed on a Wednesday and Thursday.

Reviewed 23 May 2017

There may only be three rooms to look at, but the upstairs room is very nice. The room guide was very informative about the buildings history, explaining that the building was saved from being knocked down, by the locals some years ago.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Tracey A
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Bachelors' Club, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

we are glad you enjoyed your visit, thank you for leaving your review.

Reviewed 19 October 2016

Although Burns and his brother and sundry pals started the actual Batchelor's club in what was then a nearby pub the building you will enter has become the spiritual home of so much of Burns' time in the Mauchline/Tarbolton area. The volunteer guides who "man"...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Farnorwest
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Bachelors' Club, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thanks for a lovely review, we have now shut the property for the winter , however we can open up for groups by special arrangement so if anyone is interested in visiting please get in touch with us at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and we...More

Reviewed 15 September 2016

This small museum run by the National Trust for Scotland is currently offering free admission but it would be worth the entrance fee any time. The upstairs room is especially atmospheric and our visit was greatly assisted by the guide who explained much about the...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank lategeographer
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Bachelors' Club, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2016

Thank you for a lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit, we have trialled free admission this year to encourage more visitors but it's good to hear that you feel it's an attraction worth paying to see!

Reviewed 17 August 2016

I can`t say what this place is like due to it being shut. Apparently this is because the staff are all voluntary, but the should have an outside notice with a phone number to call for opening times.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank SCOTIAN7
Reviewed 13 August 2016

We had been before, but wanted to take our friend, we had an excellent guide who answered all of our questions, a very interesting visit

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank 114ChrisF
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Bachelors' Club, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2016
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Masonblue2
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Response from susan_RBBM | Property representative |
The Bachelor's Club was formed by Burns and his brother Gilbert in 1880, primarily as a debating society. To be eligible to join you had to be a bachelor hence the name!
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