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Riddle's Court

322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG, Scotland
01312201232
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Ranked #173 of 203 attractions in Edinburgh
Owner description: Riddle's Court is a unique survival, a 16th Century courtyard House set behind the Royal Mile, just a stone's throw from Edinburgh Castle. The... more » Owner description: Riddle's Court is a unique survival, a 16th Century courtyard House set behind the Royal Mile, just a stone's throw from Edinburgh Castle. The property contains significant architectural features documenting its 400 year history. Many aristocratic, influential and creative people have lived here or been associated with this building including King James VI, Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, Sir David Hume and Sir Patrick Geddes. As a Fringe Festival Venue Riddle's Court has helped put artists centre stage early on in their careers including Stephen Fry and Maggie Smith. The property was taken over by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust in September 2011, who are embarking on a large scale campaign to restore the property to its former glory and turn it into the 'Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning and Conservation.' The project will cost over 6 million pounds, of which 3 million has been raised so far.We are delighted to be able to welcome the general public to the building for the first time in decades. Visitors are able to see Riddle's Court on Thursday afternoons, please phone us to make a booking.There is no charge for visiting, however donations to the restoration project are gratefully received. Hope to see you soon! « less
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We stumbled across Riddle's Court when a giant LEGO flagged us down on the Royal Mile! As part of the National Science Festival they are holding a LEGO exhibition just now - brilliant for the kids and great opportunity to see an amazing building. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

A hidden gem that is usually overlooked as it is located at the end of a narrow allyway on the Royal Mile. The building dates back to the 16th century and thus is one of the older buildings left on 'the mile' and in Old Town. I found this place as I was going on a wander around and buzzed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Thought it was excellent, the courtyard was really interesting, especially the floating external staircase - i've never seen one before! On entering the building the staff were really friendly, each room was had it own character and the whole building was soo atmospheric. It must be a fantastic place to learn (they are a venue for adult learning classes). The... More

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