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Riddles Court 322 Lawnmarket Patrick Geddes Centre, Edinburgh EH1 2PG Scotland
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Malgorzata wrote a review Sep 2020
8,787 contributions868 helpful votes
Full of history and charm it is a real gem in the heart of Edinburgh's old town. A picturesque merchant's house, situated close to the Edinburgh's famous castle. Sixteenth century courtyard house which just has been wonderfully restored. A visit here is like stepping back in time. It is little tucked away, but including exquisite painted ceilings, authentic working fireplaces and panelled rooms. Definitely worth a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Jacqui M wrote a review Oct 2019
650 contributions294 helpful votes
This courtyard residence was built in the late 1500s and has hosted James VI of Scotland. It has undergone several renovations and re-modelling and was on the verge of decline during the 18th century. Since 2015, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust has restored it to its former glory. The courtyard itself is unique and worth spending time admiring before you enter the house. Inside, there are facilities for exhibitions and events. As you wander through the rooms, 2 are worth lingering in. The heraldry ceiling in the main room has been cleaned and is spectacular. On your way out, pop into the toilet where bits of the original kitchen and fireplace remain. This hidden gem is just a short walk from the Castle, and probably missed by several residents of Edinburgh as well as tourists as they make their way down the Royal Mile.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Sally W wrote a review Sep 2019
Montrose, United Kingdom381 contributions182 helpful votes
Riddles Court opened its doors for doors open day. I am so pleased I walked up to the royal mile to visit it. The building is steeped in history, having played host to many notables over the years and been the home of Alexander Seaton, once Chancellor of Scotland. Although built in the sixteenth century, the building was subject to many changes and modifications, the most striking of which is a heraldic ceiling dating back to the late nineteenth century. Even if you cannot enter the holding itself it is worth popping down the close to have a wee peek at the outside as this so a truly fascinating building.
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Date of experience: September 2019
BigMerk wrote a review Sep 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom1,646 contributions397 helpful votes
It’s so close to the Castle, just off the Lawnmarket, yet I am sure that most people (tourists and locals alike) would have walked past without knowing it was there. Its not usually open to the public but I got a quick briefing, from the outside. On the building. It’s a great venue for weddings and is used as a venue at The Edinburgh Fringe. It’s main purpose is as an educational centre, but it also has King Chambers - a reasonably priced accommodation in a very historic setting. It all looked and sounded great.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Kevan H wrote a review Apr 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom15 contributions26 helpful votes
What beautiful place to visit of Lawnmarket.When you walk in to court yard and see outside off the building u know your in for a treat.Once inside the detail in the ceiling and the old ceiling beams are incredible.Kings have dined here and if u want to try renting an amazing apartment within the historic building at a very reasonable price(air b/b.Well worth visit
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Date of experience: April 2019
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