Dunbar Town House

The historic Dunbar Town House, built towards the end of the 16th century, contains what is considered Scotland's oldest functioning Council Chamber.


Spanning a history of more than 400 years, the building has recently been given a 21st century refurbishment and is now open to the public, complete with a brand new museum and gallery exhibition space managed by the Museums Service. 

Dunbar and District History Society are based within the building. They run an exhibition space as well as a local history search room. 

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 Chamber, which can be booked for meetings, civil marriages and other functions.


During the four-year phased refurbishment project, made possible by funding from Dunbar Townscape Heritage Initiative, Historic Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Viridor via Future Balance and ASDA, construction work revealed some fascinating features of the building's past, such as a lintel stone taken from Dunbar Castle after it was demolished in 1568, and historic graffiti dating back to the mid-1700s. Photographs of these and other Town House features can be viewed on the Museums Service flickr page, while the Spring 2012 edition of Living East Lothian  presents 'a sneak peek' at the results of the refurbishment.


Opening hours

April to September: Monday to Sunday, 1pm - 5pm 

October to March: Saturday and Sunday afternoons courtesy of Dunbar History Society


Contact Us
Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery 
High Street, Dunbar 
EH42 1ER
Telephone: 01368 866030


Community Exhibitions

Would you like to curate our own exhibition at Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery? Click on the Community Curators page to find out more.