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John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum And Visitor Centre

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John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum And Visitor Centre is located on the Arbigland Estate near Kirkbean in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

The cottage is where John Paul Jones, hero of the American Revolutionary War and founder of the United States Navy, was born in 1747.

John Paul Jones cottage has two rooms, restored and furnished as they might have been during his childhood.

An extension to the cottage houses a recreation of Jones’s cabin on his ship the “Bonhomme Richard”.

“I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s way.”

The Visitor Centre

The inviting visitor centre also boasts an interpretive exhibition on the life of ‘The Father of the American Navy’ with video presentations. There is an attractive rural picnic area offering marvellous views of the Solway and the Lake District. There is also a small cafe and shop.

Children can play with the fabulous display of Playmobil Pirate ships and treasure islands or enjoy the whole site as they take part in the Free Treasure Hunt.

New for 2021 we have Virtual Reality Galleon where you can experience life on an 18C wooden galleon.


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Arbigland Estate

01387 880613

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Arbigland Estate


Located near the grounds of Arbigland House, 1 mile from Kirkbean.
Arriving by train?

From Dumfries Station – Take the Bus number 372 from Dumfries to Dalbeattie via New Abbey and get off in Kirkbean. Walk 50 yards towards Carsethorn and you will see a right-hand junction marked John Paul Jones Cottage. Turn right at the white cottage and continue for 1 mile (uphill), until you see signposts to the left for the cottage near some white metal railings. Walk down the avenue and at the bottom turn right in front of the big gateway to Arbigland House. Its only 50 yards form here on the left. The walk from Kirkbean will take you half an hour.

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