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“An historical gem but smaller than expected”
Review of Gladstone's Land

Gladstone's Land
Ranked #62 of 396 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of the oldest buildings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, boasting fascinating hand-painted Renaissance interiors. Just a stone’s throw from the castle, this 500-year-old building is a towering testament to tenement life in Edinburgh’s Old Town and was once owned by merchant Thomas Gladstone. He extended and remodelled the building to attract wealthy tenants for his opulently decorated apartments, as well as for the high-end grocer and cloth shop on the ground floor and the tavern located in the basement. By the mid-1800s, only the poorest of the city’s inhabitants remained in the Old Town. Gladstone’s Land was one of the first buildings that the National Trust for Scotland acquired, rescuing it from demolition in 1934. Today, Gladstone’s Land shows how the wealthy went about their lives at a time when the cramped Lawnmarket was at the heart of one of the world’s fastest-growing and most influential cities.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This really is an historical gem with elements that are original from 1620s such as painted walls and ceilings and the arches at the front which are the only ones left on the Royal Mile now and would have been everywhere once upon a time. It's only £6.50 to get in which I thought was cheap but as you go round the amazing old tenement rooms you suddenly get directed downstairs and realise it's finished. It was quite small and it's ashame not more of it has been dedicated to the experience but overall very good to see and interesting too.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Pleasant and interesting to walk around. I liked the view into their way of life. Everything was in its original form so to give a realistic insight into the past. The Guides that were keen to tell their introduction were the most enjoyable.

Thank dumblesfarm
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Take your English National Trust membership card for reciprocal discounts. Fascinating insight to life in the tenements, greatly enhanced by the enthusiastic and entertaining room guides.

Thank AlEwood
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

The house itself is very old but in a well cared for condition. Delightful guides on each floor full of information and a real love for the place. Well worth a visit.

Thank RosieWy
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

This house can be found on the Royal Mile and is worth a visit whilst you are in the Old Town vicinity.

This is run by the National Trust for Scotland and entry is free for Trust Members.

The house will give an insight into what it was like to be living in the Old Town before the new part was constructed.

Life was clearly hard and the presentation with guides on hand brings things to live and is a bit different from just walking round a historic building armed with nothing or a guide book.

I had visited The Georgian House (also run by the National Trust) first and that encouraged me to add this building to my list of must see attractions whilst in town.

I think any visitor will find it provided a great insight into living in the Old Town.

If you only have time for visiting one house then my preference is The Georgian House which enticed me so much I went twice.

Thank WackytheWizard
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