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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“This is a lovely little museum with friendly informative staff many are part of the Burns Society. This is the last place the poet lived before he died in 1796. Open all year round. Burns Street, Dumfries, DG1 2PS”
  • 5 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Local arts centre with two exhibition spaces, a cafe and a shop selling art and craft by local artists.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“An unusual museum with a old fashioned Camera Obscura which was installed in 1836.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Fabulous pub food served in a cosy atmosphere. Located in Kingholm Quay just outside Dumfries. There is a car park on-site or alternatively take a wander through Dock Park (near the Whitesands, Dumfries) and enjoy a picturesque walk alongside the River Nith to Kingholm Quay. Open 7 days Lunch from 12 noon, Evening from 5pm Open all day from 12 noon every Sunday. Book to avoid disappointment: 01387 253756 Kingholm Rd, Dumfries, DG1 4SU”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cinema
“Local independent cinema showing a wide range of non-commercial, European and documentary films, plus talks and guest speakers.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Winner of CAMRA's Dumfries and Stewartry Branch Pub of the Year award every year between 2006 and 2012, the Cavens Arms is as popular and busy as this would suggest (prepare to wait for a table at peak times). A traditional pub in style, tables are packed with diners and drinkers coming for the famous fish and chips, and eight real ales on hand pump. Third pint glasses are available to allow wider tasting, and regulars have a hand in choosing which ales are put on during regular rotations. The five regular beers include Harviestoun's Bitter & Twisted and Timothy Taylor's Landlord, while three guest ales rotate every few days, and cover a low and high abv and a dark. Telephone 01387 252896”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pub
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“Old fashioned in which sometimes has entertainment on Sundays and other nights. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“Part of the Wetherspoons chain, so a good selection of ales as well as food. All very good value.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“Excellent food. The down-side is the ugly building and boring interior - but it's worth going to for the food.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Robert Burns' favourite pub, with food served during the day, and live traditional music every Monday (and other nights sometimes). Just off the High Street, behind the British Heart Foundation shop.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“The Dock Park has undergone massive regeneration to upgrade the facilities. The riverside park has a rich and varied history which has been made accessible to park users through interpretation boards and the conservation of historic features”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Local artist selling her work, and also offers a good range of other local work”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Newly opened in 2019 J M Barrie's childhood home. Inspired by the cultural legacy, heritage and history of Moat Brae, the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is creating a National Centre for Children's Literature. Check the website to see what is on ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“This is a volunteer-operated aviation museum located in and around the world War 11-era watch tower at the former RAF Dumfries, located two miles north east of the centre of Dumfries.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bistro
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bar
“Fabulous pub food served in a cosy atmosphere. Located in Kingholm Quay just outside Dumfries. There is a car park on-site or alternatively take a wander through Dock Park (near the Whitesands, Dumfries) and enjoy a picturesque walk alongside the River Nith to Kingholm Quay. Open 7 days Lunch from 12 noon, Evening from 5pm Open all day from 12 noon every Sunday. Book to avoid disappointment: 01387 253756 Kingholm Rd, Dumfries, DG1 4SU”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Winner of CAMRA's Dumfries and Stewartry Branch Pub of the Year award every year between 2006 and 2012, the Cavens Arms is as popular and busy as this would suggest (prepare to wait for a table at peak times). A traditional pub in style, tables are packed with diners and drinkers coming for the famous fish and chips, and eight real ales on hand pump. Third pint glasses are available to allow wider tasting, and regulars have a hand in choosing which ales are put on during regular rotations. The five regular beers include Harviestoun's Bitter & Twisted and Timothy Taylor's Landlord, while three guest ales rotate every few days, and cover a low and high abv and a dark. Telephone 01387 252896”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Part of the Wetherspoons chain, so a good selection of ales as well as food. All very good value.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Excellent food. The down-side is the ugly building and boring interior - but it's worth going to for the food.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The name has now changed to Easterbrook Bistro Bar & Spa but it is still the same a lovely airy area to relax”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bistro
  • 1 local recommends
Indian Restaurant
“A very good Indian Restuarant that prides itself on its homemade dishes made from scratch.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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