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Address: 477B Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 5856
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Gladstone's Land is a historic high-rise tenement that spans nearly 500...

Gladstone's Land is a historic high-rise tenement that spans nearly 500 years of history.

Our Christmas gift shop is open until the 3rd of January.

We have special events and tours running from now until the house re-opens as normal in Easter 2016. Look at our website for up to date details.

The six rooms across two floors recreate the life of those who called it home, including a wealthy laird with a dark secret in the 1600s, a merchant shopkeeper, and the servants who did the dirty work. Gladstone's Land was one of the "world's first skyscrapers" and showcases the turbulent life of a capital city bursting at the seams. Inside its walls await treasures such as an iconic Renaissance painted interior and countless stories of daily life, death, and drama.

The property is owned by the National Trust for Scotland; proceeds and donations help to keep this beautiful building conserved and open to the public.

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Interesting glimpse of tenement life

Spent around an hour here with 4 rooms to explore. Guides in the rooms very interesting & keen to share their knowledge. Information available to read in various languages. Taster... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent around an hour here with 4 rooms to explore. Guides in the rooms very interesting & keen to share their knowledge. Information available to read in various languages. Taster session before you leave of coffee, pieces of oatcakes with choice of marmalades & honey's, all what the previous well to do inhabitants would have enjoyed. We had a 2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The National Trust Of Scotland property on the Royal Mile was an excellent example of how people lived in Edinburgh in past centuries. If you have the Scottish Heritage Pass, the fee is waived. Must see for history buffs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are only a few rooms to visit, but they are all full of interesting furniture and artefacts -- and evocative smells in a jar! At the end of the tour is a table with odds and ends from bygone centuries that you can play with and guess what they were used for. The staff were excellent: informative and friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A little damp in Edinburgh, and we stepped away from the shops into the 16th century. A pocket sized attraction which provides a historic respite from the shopping, made really enjoyable by the knowledge and friendliness of the guides. I could have stayed all day and I don't believe I would have exhausted their knowledge and delightful delivery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can see some similar type things in the People's Story Exhibition which is also on the Royal Mile and has free entry but this is more detailed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What an interesting place and a great location! Step back in time and just soak it all in! Knowledgeable guides, lots to see and a fab wee gift shop too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent example of old time Edinburgh, although not the largest of national trust properties but still quite interesting. Can't comment if value for money as national trust members. Amazing location not far from the castle well worth a look

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a narrow building on the Royal Mile. You enter through the shop and proceed from floor to floor. On the first floor is a model showing the different stages of the building, the present one, and former parts that are no longer there. The two ladies on duty told us so much more about the building and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fascinating glimpse into life in the 17th century in Old Town Edinburgh. What made it special were the guides assigned to each room. They really seemed to be enjoying what they were doing and did a great job bringing history to life. after visiting Gladstone's Land, it's worth going to visit the Georgian House.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With all the other attractions in Edinburgh, I wasn't certain I wished to spend time here but my traveling companions overruled me - - and I'm glad they did so. Benefit is in taking ones time through dialogue with well informed on-site docents; great flavor of the history and lifestyle of old Edinburgh.

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