What to do and see in Dunbar, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 21, 2017 Christa Meece

Dunbar (/dʌnˈbɑːr/ ( listen)) is a coastal town in East Lothian on the south-east coast of Scotland, approximately 28 miles (45 km) east of Edinburgh and 28 miles (45 km) from the English border north of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Restaurants in Dunbar

1. John Muir's Birthplace

128 High Street, Dunbar EH42 1JJ, Scotland +44 1368 865899
Excellent
66%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
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0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

John Muir's Birthplace

Reviewed By backpacker31 - Boynton Beach, Florida

An article in a recent issue of Sierra magazine (a Sierra Club publication) shed light on John Muir's Scottish beginnings as well as his boyhood home in Dunbar. A 20 minute train ride from Edinburgh brought me to the picturesque seaside village of Dunbar. From...MoreThank you for letting us know what brought you to John Muir's Birthplace and Dunbar, it is always useful for us to find out if magazine articles etc have an impact. I am pleased you enjoyed your visit.

2. Belhaven Beach

Foxlake Linkfield Car Park, Dunbar EH42 1XF, Scotland
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Belhaven Beach

Reviewed By Richard B - Coimbra, Portugal

Parked up at the beach carpark. £2 to park all day, but watch out the parking enforcement were very quick to check you have paid! A great beach, we walked along the coastal path into Dunbar to explore this little working coastal town. An unspoilt and large beach (when the tide goes out). Great for walking the dog and getting some fresh air!

3. Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour Victoria Place, Dunbar EH42 1HS, Scotland
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
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1%
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Victoria Harbour

Reviewed By Brian7392 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Council are to be commended for providing the money to showcase this important piece of Dunbar and how it is linked to some truly historic moments of Scotland's history.

Dunbar EH42 1XF, Scotland +44 1368 863607
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
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2%
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4.5 based on 423 reviews

East Links Family Park

East Links Family Park is a farm themed activity park that brings out the child in all ages!Discover a delightful world of endearing farm animals by enjoying a train safari through the paddocks or getting up close in the small animal barn. You can also take a leisurely walk round and the information boards will tell you all about the animals you can see. If the kids feel like a change – there is LOTS for them to do.The new four level Fortress is an adventure itself with over 15 different activities including a massive four lane slide, climbing frames, rat tunnels and banqueting towers.For the smaller children there’s a soft play area, and the older more adventurous can enjoy go-karts, trampolines, jelly belly, ball blast arena, hay barn with climbing walls and expend their excess energy in just having fun!Enjoy being spoiled in the Family Park’s Café or in fine weather, pack a picnic.Whatever your age, you will be totally involved in PLEASURE!!

Reviewed By divermckay - Armadale, United Kingdom

Almondvale heritage centre,Livingston is almost half the price and has as much for the kids and a small shale mine museum for the adults. Easily spend a full day. 5 sisters zoo is also cheaper and a full day.
East Links was very expensive for a large play park which this essentially is. The animals were very friendly and looking for food which costs extra. The adventure golf is OK but costs extra.
There is a water wars area with high powered water pistols to shoot at each other but im not sure if this switches on at certain times. I saw it working 3 times while I was there and the participants were soaked. There are dryers but once again this is extra.
The railway was free and gave information about the animals which is good. The llamas will take food from your hand during the train ride as long as you bought it to take with you first.
Wont rush back due to the cost but may go back during the summer next year so we can use the water wars without being cold wet all day. Saw and did everything in half a day except the water so as above very expensive for what it was but nice enough.

5. Dunbar Leisure Pool

Castlepark, Dunbar EH42 1EU, Scotland +44 1620 820655
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Dunbar Leisure Pool

Create a splash at Dunbar Leisure Pool, the ultimate centre for aquatic fun for all the family! The pool has a beached area with water characters for younger children to play on, as well as a wave machine, water jets and flume.

Reviewed By Iain2016 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Free Parking, good friendly Pool Staff, excellent Pool and worth a visit for the Pool but boy the Poolside Café is dire!
This afternoon after a good time in the pool, we decided to eat at the in house restaurant. Big mistake, don't think I have ever been so disappointed in service and food quality.
We have dined therein the past and the food has been acceptable but not great. However, the kids had observed Chicken nugget and chips and were so hungry they wanted to eat immediately. Against my better judgement, I agreed and we ordered.
Firstly, I ordered drinks, my can of Diet Pepsi was both out of date and rusty. Use before end Jan 2017 and this is August!. I received an apology and the replacement was also out of date. Bad but got worse. After waiting we noticed most of our order was on a counter waiting on being delivered to our table. After a 5 minute wait we went to the Counter and picked it up. The Soup of the day, Lentil was cold and we refused to accept same. A full refund was demanded and provided.
Absolutely terrible experience. Never again!

6. Belhaven Brewery

Brewery Lane, Dunbar EH42 1PE, Scotland +44 1368 869200
Excellent
88%
Good
8%
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4%
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Belhaven Brewery

Reviewed By Chelieie - Daytona Beach, Florida

So, the guys love Belhaven beer--what trip to Scotland would be complete without stopping here? It was a very informative tour and our guide was very knowledgeable, witty and fun. It happened to be raining the day of our tour and everyone was very considerate and kept the outside bits to a minimum. We have been on a few tours and this was by far the best for the price. The tasting room was, of course, our favorite. We sampled as many beers as we wanted! It was a great way to get to taste different ales and ask questions etc. Highly recommended!
Be sure to book your tour ahead of time as they only run at certain times.

7. Belhaven Fruit Farm

Thistly Cross, Dunbar EH42 1ST, Scotland +44 1368 860573
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
7%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 55 reviews

Belhaven Fruit Farm

Belhaven Fruit Farm, the home of IceDelight and Pick Your Own! ** New for 2013 ** The Store at Belhaven, our brilliant new farm shop and cafe with amazing IceDelight factory. Come along and help yourself to your favourite flavour and choice of wonderful toppings!IceDelight is our luxury fat-free, dairy-free and gluten-free alternative to ice cream. We've blended our home-grown Scottish fruit with an authentic Italian recipe to create a unique, luxuriously creamy dessert as healthy and tasty as real fruit. All of our five delicious flavours of strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, lemon and gooseberry & elderflower count towards your ‘five-a-day’ and are completely suitable for vegans. All of our flavours are available for purchase in a range of sizes at Belhaven Fruit Farm and many other establishments throughout East Lothian. Belhaven Fruit Farm also offers delicious mouth watering PYO strawberries grown under cover at waist height. No more bending or sore backs, so come along and bring all the family. We also offer blackcurrants, gooseberries and blackberries as well as a fantastic farm Shop and cafe with outdoor Seating area and children's play park. There is also ample car parking and easy disabled access. Here at Belhaven Fruit Farm we think that our fruit tastes best when it's fresh off the plant and warm from the sun; we would love you to come down to Belhaven Fruit Farm and see just how tasty fresh fruit can be!

Reviewed By dunbarmonkey - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Took our grandchildren for a last pick of raspberries until next year and they tasted fantastic.nice park for the children and the cakes looked great.thanks laura for the advice.raspberries not cheap but try buying in the shops 2 pounds for 150 grams,but as a aged friend of ours says you get what you pay for.

8. Dunbar Castle

Dunbar Harbour, Dunbar, Scotland
Excellent
23%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
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4 based on 39 reviews

Dunbar Castle

Reviewed By Rossergruffydd - Glasgow, United Kingdom

A very picturesque area with interesting castle remains and some great stories linked to its history. You can get a variety of views and the interpretation boards are very informative. You can't access the castle ruins but the kittiwakes do make good use of the stonework for nesting sites.

High Street, Dunbar EH42 1ER, Scotland +44 1620 820699
Excellent
45%
Good
55%
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery

The historic Dunbar Town House, built towards the end of the 16th century, contains what is considered Scotland's oldest functioning Council Chamber. The building is home to a museum and gallery with changing historical and art Exhibitions as well as a local history display area and research room managed by Dunbar and District History Society. Open daily 1pm - 5pm April - September

Reviewed By williamskdn - Pontypridd, United Kingdom

This is a great small museum . Well worth a visit if you in the area. The museum is free to visit. The staff were very friendly and helpful.Dear williamskdn Thank you for leaving a review, I am pleased you found our staff helpful. We are looking forward to more Exhibitions later in the year including Battles and Conflict, and James Howe reproductions, so I hope you are able to return soon.

10. Thorntonloch Beach

Dunbar EH42 1QS, Scotland
Excellent
80%
Good
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Thorntonloch Beach

Reviewed By sauzee092 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Despite being adjacent to Torness nuclear power station this is a great place to spend some time. We found it good for the kids with the sandy beach and rock pools presenting lots of opportunities to keep them amused. They loved it

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