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Address: 477B Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 5856
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Description: Step back into a colourful and exciting world, where the wealthy and...
Step back into a colourful and exciting world, where the wealthy and privileged live side by side with the poor, in unfathomably cramped living conditions. Accused witches are being rounded up and drowned in the nearby Nor Loch; hangings and beheadings are a regular occurrence on the Royal Mile; and pigs roam freely, scavenging in the filth-ridden street. Wealthy ladies wear clothing of fine imported silks in a beautiful array of colours and special over-shoes to elevate their skirts out of the muck! People rarely bathe, living and sleeping in the same underclothes they are sewn into each year. At the beginning of the 1600s, Thomas and Bessie Gledstanes, a wealthy business man and his wife, purchase 477 Lawnmarket. A typical Royal Mile building, it towers seven stories high and stands just a stone's throw from the castle. They rent out the basement as a tavern, the ground floor to merchants, the coveted first floor to the wealthiest of Edinburgh's elite and the subsequent floors to the less well off. They decorate the main rooms in the height of fashionable interiors - lavish tapestries on the walls and dramatic hand-painted ceilings depicting exotic fruit, roses, Greek pillars, an array of birds and, best of all, a monkey! Discover the highs and lows of one of the busiest streets in the world, and experience how people live day to day through this enigmatic and atmospheric property. Learn about this turbulent period through dramatic storytelling and see the awe-inspiring technicolour interiors. Let yourself be immersed in Thomas and Bessie's world and you will have discovered the real Royal Mile.
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Great insight into historic Edinburgh

Not all of the house visible from outside is open to the public but what is is worth the shortish time it will take to look around. You'll get a fascinating insight into life in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We paid £12 for 2 adults and I stupidly brought a guide book (what an idiot) so we paid £17 all together, which would have been fine, but we were out 30 minutes later, I entered the gift shop thinking is this it???

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Not all of the house visible from outside is open to the public but what is is worth the shortish time it will take to look around. You'll get a fascinating insight into life in 16th century Edinburgh from the knowledgeable guides dotted around the house. There are also extensive information cards in each room, and a couple of options... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A quiet sanctuary from the tourist chaos of the Royal Mile. It was surprisingly deserted in the early afternoon and we were disappointed only two floors were available. We found it difficult to appreciate the 17thC life of the residents when the property was presented in such a perfect manner especially having explored a short time before the also perfect... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I went to see the Gladstone House on my own one afternoon last month. It's located on the Royal mile, and I saw it then decided to take a look around on impulse. Gladstone's Land is a homely kind of building, with the different rooms furnished and decorated to depict how different cultural classes would be likely to have kept... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This was much smaller than I expected as the top of the house is now holiday apartments. What they have furnished is very interesting and the guides were informative and helpful. Expensive for what it was

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

From beginning to end (including buying the tickets and browsing the gift shop), this took 45 minutes maximum. The rooms on show are interesting and the staff are welcoming but the £6.50/£5.00 entrance fee is just too expensive for the little you get to see. There apparently used to be more floors to visit but these have since been converted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Gladstone's Land. We had read a bit about what life was like in the Old Town, but being inside this building really helps one understand the conditions of life for 17th c. residents of the city. The guides in each room were very helpful, but as an American, I soon realized how different Scottish... More 

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Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to Gladstone’s Land; it’s lovely to hear that your visit brought Edinburgh’s Old Town to life for you. The combination of information cards and guides allow our visitors to choose how they tour the property but our guides are fantastic at really bringing the stories to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Like others who have reviewed, I missed Gladstone's Land entirely the first time I came to Edinburgh- even though it is on the bustling Royal Mile. Make sure you take the time to visit. The rooms are filled with hidden gems and small details which recreate life in Edinburgh through different eras and for different classes. Though there are detailed... More 

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Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this review

We’re glad to hear that you found us this time and enjoyed your visit! It’s lovely to hear that you enjoyed chatting with our guides and went away with some new knowledge – we’ll be sure to pass on your comments. Thank you for your review, The Team at Gladstone's Land More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Like the national trust in miniature. A small collection of rooms furnished in the style of different classes. Especially taken with the idea that Mr Gladstone had to move out of his own well appointed rooms with the magnificent ceiling to make more rent. Nice shop .. no tea room though! .

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Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this review

We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. The limited floor plan of our seventeenth century tenement offers a great insight into the lives of the different classes of Edinburgh’s Old Town – the tall narrow buildings of Edinburgh are known as the world’s first skyscrapers! The Gladstone family’s possible movement within the property show that even the wealthy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We nearly walked straight past this wonderful historic building due to the crowds waiting for the sightseeing bus. What an amazing place even though you can only visit 2 floors. The guides are really knowledgeable and helpful with answering questions. There is a model showing the original building and its changes over the years. The difference between rich and poor... More 

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Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this review

We’re glad that you found us and enjoyed your visit! Our guides are indeed invaluable in bringing Edinburgh’s Old Town to life and providing an insight into the changes and development of the city. We’re always working on improving our experience and hope to have more of the property open to visitors in the future. Thank you for your review! More 

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Address: 477B Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 5856
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

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