Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom


Following advice from the Government and Public Health Scotland in relation to Covid-19, Halliwell’s House and Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom will not be opening as planned this season.  An alternative opening date cannot be predicted at this time but our website and social media platforms will be regularly updated. We are grateful for your patience and understanding and very much look forward to welcoming you back.

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Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom is an iconic link to the great Scottish writer. In this building Scott sat as Sheriff, dispensing justice to the town of Selkirk for nearly 30 years until his death in 1832. This imposing, historic building dates from 1804 and stands in the vibrant Market Place, next to the statue dedicated to Sir Walter who was affectionately known as The Shirra (Sheriff). Inside the former Town Hall, the story of Scott’s association with the town is presented. Visitors will enjoy the reconstructed courtroom and be intrigued by accompanying tales of past crimes, punishments and lucky escapes.

In addition to displays of personal objects that once belonged to the world-famous writer of great literary works including Rob Roy and the Waverley Novels, there are fascinating items from the Royal Burgh’s rich history.

Due to the age and layout of the building there is no disabled access and several steps to negotiate from street level. Souvenirs, books and gifts are available at reception desk. Tour groups and school visits are welcome by pre-arrangement.

VisitScotland 4 Star Attraction

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Market Place, Selkirk, Scottish Borders, TD7 4BT
Phone 2

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