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Gladstone's Land

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One of the oldest buildings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, boasting fascinating hand-painted Renaissance interiors. 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...more
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477B Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very informative one hour tour of the history of this old building. The painted ceilings were amazing to see. Our tour guide, ? Mary? Margaret was very friendly and informative and I could have carried on listening to her for much longer than the hour....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sazerella
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were thoroughly entertained and charmed by Jim our guide. Fascinating to hear about the people who had lived in Gladstone’s Land and particularly loved all the secret hiding places in some of the furniture. Great tour. Thank you Jim.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This quirky building on the Royal Mile is one of a kind and the only one with a 17th century original porch left. Although it may look like a souvenir shop, it hides 3 gorgeous medieval painted ceilings and showcases perfectly what life may have...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great visit to this National Trust Heritage site. Was a great property full of interesting things and guide was excellent

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ellie152
Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting - we're glad you enjoyed it

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a tour on arrival to the shop. A tour is compulsory. The shop has many rooms & local goods. The tour was informative with maps & artefacts to highlight. The rooms are cold.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 858rachele
Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us and we're glad you found the tour interesting. We don't have any central heating, so it absolutely is cold at this time of year - gloves and coats recommended!

Reviewed 1 January 2019 via mobile

National Trust house of antiquity in a fascinating location that provides a clear sense of the changing history of the older area of the town. Not far from the Castle. Not commercialised as is much of the area! Great guided tour for a small group...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kevin K
Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2019

Thank you for visiting Gladstone's Land - glad you enjoyed it

Reviewed 30 December 2018

Highly recommended visit to this tall, narrow house on the Royal Mile. Located towards the castle, it is very interesting. Visit is by a timed guided tour. My guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and interesting.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lanzz123
Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2019

We're glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 8 December 2018

Guided tours only, but worthwhile. This tenement building is at the 'posh' end of the Old Town. The NTS guide was very helpful and knowledgeable but if no-one asked specific questions she tended to move everyone quickly to the next room, and while you are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 15 November 2018

This is the 2nd time I have visited this attraction as it is so interesting. I think having a different guide this time I got even more information as the guides take on little snippets of what interests them and learn something new each visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2018

Thanks for coming again- we're glad you enjoyed your return visit

Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Was recommended to visit here after a trip to the amazing Georgian House National Trust property also in Edinburgh. Outside this place is chocca with a sort of Birds of Prey stall. And tacky souvenir sellers. As the pathway is narrow entry is difficult Also...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

We're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit, but we would absolutely recommend having a look around the house. Entry is by guided tour as the house is quite small and we find that this adds value to people's experiences of the property and gives the...More

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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