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Gladstone's Land

Overview

2021 Update - Gladstone's Land plans to re-open on 21 May.   Visits must be pre-booked via the NTS website.

Gladstone's Land originated as a shop / home in the 1550’s and then the residental accommodation was extended in 1621. It is a typical example of an Edinburgh Old Town tenement and was the home of a prosperous Edinburgh merchant, Thomas Gledstanes, and the building as you see it today is a representation of its appearance in the 1600’s/1700’s.

When Edinburgh's New Town started to be built in the 1760s, there was an exodus of the city's Upper classes from these "Old Town" tenements. Consequently, properties like Gladstone's Land became dwellings for the poorer classes and the buildings fell into disrepair. This historical building was due to be demolished in the 1930s but was saved from this fate in 1934 by the newly established National Trust for Scotland.

On the ground floor there is a cloth shop and then on the first floor you see Gledstane’s apartment with a small study, very dark kitchen, main living room and an 18th century parlour room (The Green Room). In each room there are guides who explain the history and answer your questions. 

The house has the atmosphere of a Charles Dickens’ novel and you can easily imagine “Scrooge” in the big 4 poster bed. This would be a good place to visit in winter to get into the mood for Christmas. If you have bought NTS Membership then it is worth a visit, otherwise you may feel that it is a bit expensive for just a small house with 5 rooms. If you enjoy this then also consider the “Georgian House” on Charlotte Square.

Address:

477B Lawnmarket, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT

Operated by:

National Trust for Scotland

Opening Hours:

1 Jan 2019 – 29 Mar, daily, 11.00 – 16.00 (Guided tours only) / 25 Mar – 30 Jun, daily, 10.00 – 17.00 / 20 Jul – 8 Sep, daily, 10.00 – 13.00 / 10 Sep – 31 Oct, daily, 10.00 – 17.00 / 1 Nov – 31 Dec, daily, 11.00 – 16.00 (Guided tours only) / 24 Dec – 26 Dec, closed Guided tours must be pre-booked by calling 0131 226 5856

Admission:

£ 7.50 adult, £ 6 concession, £ 5 child, £ 21 family

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English speaking Guides and the information sheets in rooms are in English only

Accessibility:

Only the Ground floor is wheelchair accessible. A steep spiral staircase leads to first floor, but “Armchair visit” to the 1st floor is available for visitors with walking difficulties

Toilets:

No

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

No

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