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Gladstone's Land

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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...more
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477B Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Guided tours only, but worthwhile. This tenement building is at the 'posh' end of the Old Town. The NTS guide was very helpful and knowledgeable but if no-one asked specific questions she tended to move everyone quickly to the next room, and while you are...More

Thank kikelmool
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the 2nd time I have visited this attraction as it is so interesting. I think having a different guide this time I got even more information as the guides take on little snippets of what interests them and learn something new each visit.

Thank Catherine M
Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for coming again- we're glad you enjoyed your return visit

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was recommended to visit here after a trip to the amazing Georgian House National Trust property also in Edinburgh. Outside this place is chocca with a sort of Birds of Prey stall. And tacky souvenir sellers. As the pathway is narrow entry is difficult Also...More

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Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit, but we would absolutely recommend having a look around the house. Entry is by guided tour as the house is quite small and we find that this adds value to people's experiences of the property and gives the...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

Great place for a history lesson and my daughter loved it! The best experience we had was to hold the owls... it was such an amazing experience.

Thank Erica J
Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Thank you for visiting us and the owls!

Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

To be honest, we wouldn't have gone here if we weren't National Trust members and got in for free as £28 for a family ticket for a 45 minute tour that only visits 5 rooms seemed pricey! You only seem to be able to book...More

Thank EmmaD28
Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Glad you enjoyed your visit

Reviewed 17 October 2018

We did a tour of Glaqdstone's Land and got a different perspective of life in the 17th Century vs. Mary King's Close. This is an excellent tour in a well maintained museum.

Thank Keith J
Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

It's nice to hear you enjoyed your visit - thank you for coming!

Reviewed 13 October 2018

The tour was great. Perfect presentation of the impacts of social pressures on housing requirements. And how the City's executive reacted to the changing needs of its population of the time.

Thank Michael B
Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Glad you enjoyed your tour - thank you for visiting

Reviewed 10 October 2018

An old tenant building that is you are allowed to view. We didn't take the time to go in, Just peaked in and visited Edinburgh other sites.

Thank joycep883
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Ancient tenement on the Royal Mile rescued by the National Trust and carefully restored including rare early ceiling beam paintings and carefully refurnished with contemporary furnishings. Small but original and exquisite. Book a group tour and enjoy the enthusiastic guide’s detailed stories of past tenants...More

Thank David K
Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Hi David, Thank you so much for your review, we're really glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 29 September 2018

Very historic with a good amount to see. The historic paintings are amazing. You need to book in advance for a tour, which takes about an hour. Very informative and the Canadian guide clearly knew his stuff. Highly recommended and right at the heart of...More

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Glad L, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2018

We're pleased you enjoyed your visit!

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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