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Savings Banks Museum

Ruthwell, Dumfries DG1 4NN, Scotland
+44 1387 870640
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Fascinating small museum, well worth a visit

The friendly and extremely informative guide explained the history of the first savings bank which... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Small with big revelations

Even my reluctantly-attending partner enjoyed our visit to this small museum. Though currently... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
Damon W
Cupar, United Kingdom
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Ruthwell, Dumfries DG1 4NN, Scotland
+44 1387 870640
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The friendly and extremely informative guide explained the history of the first savings bank which was set up in this small building. Lots of interesting facts and a collection of piggy banks add up to make this a very worthwhile visit. If you are in...More

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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Even my reluctantly-attending partner enjoyed our visit to this small museum. Though currently housed in only one room, the story contained in it is of incredibly huge significance. A wonderful story of the positive endeavours of a local man and what he achieved through his...More

1  Thank Damon W
Reviewed 24 August 2017

A small gem of a museum where the first savings bank was created by a minister called Duncan. Well worth a knock on the door to get the curator to open up ( 12 till 4pm). Many interesting artefacts from the early 19th century (coins,...More

1  Thank jalancarter
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Fascinating visit on a wet day. Very small, but the very informative guide brought it all to life. And the piggy banks - from all over the world - were wonderful!

1  Thank Steve B
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

A revelation of a tiny museum, excellent guide, eye opening social and financial history of what turns out to be a genius idea from Rev Henry Duncan. It's free, small and fun, GO THERE for the piggy bank collection and much more

1  Thank JHB-salop
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We take it for granted that poorer folk have somewhere to save their money for their future. The hero of this Museum is the Scot who made all the difference and allowed pennies to be safely deposited allowing poorer people a similar banking opportunity previously...More

1  Thank IanHa
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is a lovely wee place to visit. Very interesting and Kay told the story very well. We then progressed to Ruthwell church which is so nice and very close by worth a visit. Thank you.

1  Thank sophiearmstrong123
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Having reviewed on Trip Advisor what we could visit in Dumfries we chose the Savings Bank Museum. A wee bit out of the way but sat nav helped us get there. This is a really interesting place to visit. Its tiny inside but packed with...More

1  Thank ninascotland28
Reviewed 23 March 2017

What a great place to visit, the amount of history in such a small building was impressive. The lady who was very friendly, gave us a great amount of historical detail about how the T.S.B. started here. It was very interesting,with lots of artifacts to...More

2  Thank lizzidoll
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a tiny museum. There were 18 in our group and it was a bit of a squeeze getting everyone into a small room in a small cottage. However, it was well worth it - a fascinating insight into the development of Savings banks,...More

1  Thank Peter B
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