Ranked #15 of 16 Landmarks in Edinburgh
Category: Architectural Buildings
Riddle's Court is a unique survival, a 16th Century courtyard House set behind the Royal Mile, just a stone's throw from...
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!