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Gladstone's Land

477B Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, Scotland
+44 131 226 5856
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"The best address in town" - One of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile, boasting wealthy residential and commercial tenants in its heyday - The main apartments are decorated with lavish Renaissance, hand-painted interiors with deep hidden meanings - The 1600s stone arches were erected to shelter customers, but became the ideal place for criminal activity - The grocers on the ground floor sold all the exotic spices and dried foods you would have needed to throw a banquet - 400 years ago Edinburgh’s elite purchased their imported silk, ribbons and lace in our cloth shop Just a stone’s throw from the castle, this 500 year old building is a towering testament to tenement life in Edinburgh’s Old Town and was once owned by merchant Thomas Gladstone. He extended and remodelled the building to attract wealthy tenants for his opulently decorated apartments, as well as for the high-end grocer and cloth shop on the ground floor and the tavern located in the basement. By the 1800s only the poorest of the city’s inhabitants remained in the Old Town. Gladstone’s Land was one of the first buildings the National Trust for Scotland acquired, rescuing it from demolition in 1934. A local wealthy resident, Helen Harrison, donated £1000 to help restore the building from its derelict state, in order to provide affordable homes for people of ‘little means’.
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477B Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I love bringing my foreign students (of all ages) to Gladstone's Land to learn what it was like to live in the 17th Century. Unfortunately when I went today I learnt that they have changed their tour theme. Rather than concentrating on the house and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This building has nothing to do with the famous Primr Minister. It shows how people of enormously varying classes lived together in the Lawnmarket in Edinburgh

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved strolling around this area and enjoying the beauty of these old Georgian buildings of this area of Edinburgh

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of my favourite places in Edinburgh. It gave a really good understanding of the old town and what life might have been like. Our guide (David?) was great and gave lots of insight and I came away with a much better appreciation...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had taken in most of the top rated attractions in Trip Advisors’ list, but this one really stands for authenticity and history! Our guide is a bit dry and loquacious, but paints a real good picture of people’s life in the 1500-1700 in Edinburgh!More

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Thomas G, General Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for visiting Gladstone’s Land. We pride ourselves on being factually accurate, so are pleased to hear you enjoyed the information provided. We are always looking for ways to improve our visitor experience, and take on board the invaluable feedback from our...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was really interesting and brought the old town of Edinburgh to life in my mind. Our tour guide was really knowledgeable and told great stories about the way people used to live in Edinburgh.More

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Thomas G, General Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for visiting Gladstone’s Land. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit! We are always looking for ways to improve our visitor experience, and take on board the invaluable feedback you’ve provided. We hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The shops are ok. The restored rooms on the tour are just ok. The tour was terrible. The man leading the tour was both tired and tiresome. Overall very boring tour and not worth the cost of money and time.More

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Thomas G, General Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for visiting Gladstone’s Land. We are terribly sorry to hear you did not enjoy your tour. We really appreciate your feedback and are constantly striving to improve the service that we provide. Please note all proceeds from tour admissions and retail...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

You have to pre book a tour to visit this house but its definitely worth it. The house itself is quite small, what makes it special is the tour guide who explains the history of the building and how it fits into the history of...More

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Thomas G, General Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for visiting Gladstone’s Land. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour provided by one of our dedicated volunteers. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review. We hope to welcome you...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2018

We had booked an 11.30 tour and were unsure where the tour started from as there were no notices. I waited in line at the cash register and was advised that our tour had been cancelled but we could go on the 12.30 tour. The...More

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Thomas G, General Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for visiting Gladstone’s Land. We can only apologise for the confusion at the start of your visit but we are so pleased to hear that, despite the mix-up, you really enjoyed your tour. We are always looking for ways to improve...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

It was a interesting and informative visit to this building and I would highly recommended it. The tour traces the building's history and life within from ite days inside the city" walls. It shows how it was once 14 storeys high ... Each room is...More

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Thomas G, General Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for visiting Gladstone’s Land. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. We hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Gladstone’s Land

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