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Gladstone's Land

477B Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
44 131 226 5856
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Ranked #58 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Beautiful chamber known for its authentic interiors and painted ceilings. Offers a look into the past through a quality museum experience.
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Seaton, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

Very well preserved house and fascinating. Only 4 rooms on display so it doesn't take long to look around. I wouldn't have paid the entrance price as it would have been pricey for a family, but at NT members in England we got in free. One member of staff was very grumpy who let the other wonderful friendly staff down.

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
107 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Gladstone’s Land is on the Royal Mile in the Lawnmarket section on the opposite side of the road to the cathedral. This was a 17th century home of a wealthy merchant and provides a good insight into how a middle class family would have lived in the tenement. It does involve going up a spiral staircase but it is suitably... More

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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
31 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

If in Edinburgh it is well worth visiting this property and the Georgian House to contrast living styles and how the history of the City changed as life became more secure and safe from invasion and attack. Amazing to see how hard life must have been and the model showing the various changes to the house over time. I never... More

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Orlando, FL
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This excellent restored merchant's shop and living quarters is along the Royal Mile a short ways below the Edinburgh Castle and gives an excellent presentation of how a merchant lived and worked in Edinburgh in the 16- and 17-th centuries. Each room has a very well informed volunteer (docent) who gives a high quality (but sometimes lengthy) discussion of how/what... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This attraction situated on the royal mile close to the castle is worth a visit if you have a spare 30-40 minutes and are interested in history. The guides really make the house come to life by explaining when each part was built and why. The cost is only £6.50 or free if your a member. Worth a visit just... More

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78 reviews 78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Wandered upon this place after spending the day in the Castle - what a find. A merchants house that is shown over a few hundreds years - a shop downstairs which was open onto the street, then a wealthy man's house upstairs which is fascinating with painted ceilings. The room guides were really interesting. Well worth calling in, if only... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Don't go unless you are a National Trust member - there are better sights for better value in Edinburgh. The entrance fee is GBP 6.50 per adult, or free if you are a National Trust member. It is interesting, but there are so few rooms - only 4 including the shop front - that it doesn't feel like you have... More

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Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
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76 reviews 76 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This property is not very big, but it has some variety--rooms decorated to period for the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and one for the eighteenth century. The site is quite valuable as it gives you some insight into how people lived. For example, the kitchen includes a number of kitchen tools that I have never encountered before. Also, if you... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is one of the better national trust properties thanks to the staff. They where very friendly, talkative and helpful. Each room there is information sheets provided by the national trust as it is supposed to be self guided. In practice the staff was keen to give you information enthusiastic and generally did not need the sheets. The map of... More

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166 reviews 166 reviews
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Gladstone's Land is between the castle and St. Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile. Entry is free to National Trust for Scotland and National Trust members. The staff and volunteers were all knowledgeable and approachable. In contrast to the Georgian House which shows how the well-to-do lived this property shows how the other half lived. Well worth a visit.

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