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Address: 477B Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 5856
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Gladstone's Land is a historic high-rise tenement that spans nearly 500...

Gladstone's Land is a historic high-rise tenement that spans nearly 500 years of history.

Our Christmas gift shop is open until the 3rd of January.

We have special events and tours running from now until the house re-opens as normal in Easter 2016. Look at our website for up to date details.

The six rooms across two floors recreate the life of those who called it home, including a wealthy laird with a dark secret in the 1600s, a merchant shopkeeper, and the servants who did the dirty work. Gladstone's Land was one of the "world's first skyscrapers" and showcases the turbulent life of a capital city bursting at the seams. Inside its walls await treasures such as an iconic Renaissance painted interior and countless stories of daily life, death, and drama.

The property is owned by the National Trust for Scotland; proceeds and donations help to keep this beautiful building conserved and open to the public.

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Interesting insight into early Edinburgh tenanment life. Well preserved with knowledgeable staff. Small place which doesn't take long to go through (30 mins and the cost is £7... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
East Lothian
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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After finally having someone to come with me we turned up full of excitement as I've wanted to visit for so long now, so imagine my disappointment to find it CLOSED... Now I know National Trust properties have a season but I really do think they are missing a trick here. I've not been in Edinburgh for a while but... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Hubby and I both really enjoyed our time here. I am a major history buff, so I particularly loved that there were volunteers in each room to give you information/history and answer any questions you may have. That was the best part - you really understood what you were looking at, which made it that much more interesting! Great place!

Thank shertravels
Meppershall, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Sadly this was very disappointing, took us less than 20mins to look round. Only gave 2 due to the fact that one of the volunteers was really good, if not it would have been a 1. Unfortunately I would not recommend due to the price and fact there is really only 4rooms on 1 floor with not a great deal... More 

Thank Mark T
Newcastle upon Tyne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We visited here today because we're national trust members and thought we'd pop in as we'd never heard of it before. The property was really interesting and worth a visit, and I must say that the service was exceptional. All of the volunteers were so knowledgable, funny and engaging. I didn't catch their names but every single member of staff... More 

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East Lothian
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting insight into early Edinburgh tenanment life. Well preserved with knowledgeable staff. Small place which doesn't take long to go through (30 mins and the cost is £7). Most of it is on the first floor. The other accessible level is the entrance and gift shop. Free to national trust members...

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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Gladstone's Land is a snapshot of 17th century merchant life. The house is one of the oldest structures on the Royal Mile. Very interesting to see how both the rich merchant family and his servants lived back then. Beautiful furnishing and recreations. Well worth the time and the price of admission.

Thank jayares2015
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I have to agree with other reviewers that the information on the website is not accurate. Based on that information, I expected more than 4 rooms on one floor. To include the rooms which are now the gift shop is tantamount to deceit! It took us no more than half an hour for the whole visit. The Georgian Townhouse on... More 

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

This tenement house is really interesting with restored rooms and a fantastic painted wood ceiling. Enthusiastic informative room guides.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The house has a very good collection of two different periods in Edinburgh life. The place is very well restored and preserved. The staff are very informative and extremely pleasant. You can tell they enjoy what they are doing, love their city and it's history, and enjoy having conversations with the guests .

Thank Fallschirmjager
Paisley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Can't believe we paid £35 for 5 of us to visit this attraction. With the description on the website our party were expecting to spend at least an hour touring this house. 20 minutes later we were walking out the door. Couldn't even get concession for senior citizens in our party, students only. Why? Ridiculous admission price to look at... More 

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