We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Library of Scotland

Open Now: 09:30 - 20:30
Open today: 09:30 - 20:30
Review Highlights
They really know how to put on an exhibition here!

Brought up on the works of Muriel Spark (thanks to a teacher who had a Ph.D in her oeuvre), I just... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2018
Banbury, United Kingdom
Very interesting exhibition on Muriel Spark

This is one of the rare attractions in Edinburgh which stays open until 8:00pm on weekdays. I... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
New York
Read all 142 reviews
All photos (39)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Open Now
Hours Today: 09:30 - 20:30
See all hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 623 3700
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Edinburgh
from US$17,30
More Info
from US$39,90
More Info
from US$18,97
More Info
from US$22,60
More Info
Reviews (142)
Filter reviews
117 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsinteresting exhibitionfree exhibitionantarctic expeditiongreat resourcegrand buildingspecial exhibitionon displayshackletonmurielarchiveslibrariesphotographsmaterialshopendurancescotlandstaffa
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 117 reviews
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Brought up on the works of Muriel Spark (thanks to a teacher who had a Ph.D in her oeuvre), I just had to come here for the centenary exhibition 'The International Style of Muriel Spark'. This turned out to be brilliantly curated and cleverly displayed....More

Thank Caledonianne
Reviewed 17 May 2018

This is one of the rare attractions in Edinburgh which stays open until 8:00pm on weekdays. I came here specifically to see the exhibition on Muriel Spark which was very informative and well-put together. Even the staircase was designed to display her face. Interestingly enough,...More

Thank Love-travel-NYker
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed this museum and especially the Muriel Spark exhibition which was the initial reason for us to go there.

Thank Sonja S
Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Needed access to computer due to family issue on holiday. Staff directed us to library across road who couldn't have been more helpful Lee libraries!!

Thank travelalot001
Reviewed 7 April 2018

I visited especially to see the Muriel Spark exhibition and was very impressed with the presentation of the items on show. There was plenty of information about Muriel Spark and her life and books. She kept a great deal of paperwork which included letters from...More

Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Always check in because they do exhibitions. This time about Muriel Sparks books. Always very high and professional standard. Loved it. Gift shop and café available as well.

Thank Cora B
Reviewed 18 March 2018

I hadn't heard of Muriel Spark but my wife had. So we visited this exhibition and I was drawn in when I realised she'd written 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'. Even so it's an interesting exhibition as she lived an interesting life. Just the...More

Thank PeterQ008
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

I have looked forward to this exhibition of the Muriel Spark exhibition and I was not disappointed. Colin McIlroy gave us a fantastic in depth tour of what was on show. I cannot thank him enough for a most interesting afternoon. Very much appreciated.

Thank Davidfirving
Reviewed 24 February 2018

My first time in this library, drawn in with the Muriel Spark Exhibition Very well laid out and the custodians were very helpful . Not to busy when I went in a lot of correspondence to and from Muriel which was quite interesting . The...More

Thank craigluscar
Reviewed 5 February 2018

An interesting exhibition, busy on a rainy Saturday so it was hard to see everything. A lot of information set out in a small space .... but I learnt a lot about Muriel and came away with the intention to read more of her books.

Thank 37Wyatt
View more reviews
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
Nearby HotelsSee all 150 hotels in Edinburgh
Radisson Collection Hotel Royal Mile Edinburgh
3 177 reviews
.06 km away
Stay Central Hotel
1 761 reviews
.15 km away
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
1 883 reviews
.16 km away
Grassmarket Hotel
2 438 reviews
.18 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 2 754 restaurants in Edinburgh
Colonnades at The Signet Library
1 047 reviews
.11 km away
Divino Enoteca
1 016 reviews
.09 km away
Deacon's House Cafe
963 reviews
.09 km away
Vittoria On The Bridge
2 243 reviews
.08 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1 247 attractions in Edinburgh
George IV Bridge
81 reviews
.11 km away
Estatua David Hume
42 reviews
.11 km away
Parliament House
43 reviews
.11 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
15 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Donsfan99 | Property representative |
If you are researching your Scottish family history, the National Library of Scotland has a wide range of resources in our collections to help you. I suggest you visit our family history pages on our website and send us... More