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“A Different Story of Life in Edinburgh”
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Gladstone's Land
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Owner description: "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’.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
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“A Different Story of Life in Edinburgh”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed this little museum. It gave us some insight into life in Edinburgh outside of castles and palaces and closes. The displays, period furniture, stories of the people who lived there, and the construction were impressive. The docents stationed in various rooms were excellent - very informative and willing to answer any questions. Even though it is located right on the Royal Mile, I think too many people miss it or don't bother to go in, but we thought it was well worth the time and the admission charge.

Visited May 2014
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“not worth it if you're not a national trust member”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

This house was interesting and the tour guides are very helpful and informative. It's just really really tiny. There's only a few rooms. We're NT members. So we got in for free but if I'd paid 6.50 in admission I would have felt ripped off.

Visited May 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

It's nice to be able to see around a traditional building on the Royal Mile but there's not much this place has going for it. The rooms are nicely kept and it's interesting to peek out of the windows but that's about it. Certainly not worth £6.50 entry if you have to pay.

Visited May 2014
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Halifax, Canada
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“Small but Interesting ”
Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

This is basically a very old house that you walk around and see the various rooms. They have them well done up and the guides on each floor are very enthusiastic.

There is not a great deal to see so plan in spending 30-60 minutes. Gift shop is nice.

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North Wales, United Kingdom
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“Lovely old house and keen staff!”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Very interesting house with rooms of varying uses and agesl I loved the little material shop on the ground floor. The painted ceiling on the first floor which is about 400 years old and in its original state is unique. The staff in each room gave a full account of the rooms history and lots of interesting facts as well. I was disappointed that the area of the house shown was small in relation to the size of the house. Part of it is let out as holiday apartments, which according to the brochures looked very smart.

Visited May 2014
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