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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 today via mobile

We almost missed this little gem! You would think it was just a shop but we'd spotted it as the third best attraction on the VisitaCity app, so we made our way to it. Our guide was Claire and, as others have said, she is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well we almost walked past the building without noticing the national trust for Scotland notices. Guided tours are done during the day and take about an hour. Our guide was Claire and she so enthusiastic about the history of the house and she knew how...More

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Thomas G, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded today

We're pleased you did find us and that you enjoyed your visit - Claire is great and so knowledgeable about the property

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place! Free if you are national trust members and that includes English national trust. Claire our guide was passionate and very knowledgeable. She has a degree in history and specifically I think something to do with 16th century history of Scotland. She told about...More

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Thomas G, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks for coming - we're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this hour tour so much. Our guide, Clare, enthusiastically detailed the historic setting of Edinburgh during the Witch hunts on the 1600’s and how the occupants of Gladstone’s Land lives were affected. It was wonderful to be challenged by considering how beliefs not...More

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Thomas G, Manager at Gladstone's Land, responded to this reviewResponded today

Glad you enjoyed the tour!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

interesting tour albeit limited rooms,Martin was knowledgeable to regards edinburgh but was asked about the books in the cabinet ie material / originality but he never knew any of the questions other than they are decoration (books were old) also didn't know any info about...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a tour of one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh and it is on the Royal Mile not far from the Castle. Great guide who gave lots of information about life in Edinburgh of old. It takes just over an hour but well...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

As members of the national trust we are well aquainted with an improving historical tour and this one was top notch - in fact we were moved to tell our guide Claire that it was the best we'd ever been on, even though we are...More

2  Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Whilst the place opens at 10am, entry is by organised tour only....starting at 11.30. You are not allowed to wander around on your own. So we 'passed' as there were shows to catch a d they lost out on 3 adult entry fees.

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Reviewed 20 July 2018

My mother and I had a great hour here, wonderful tour and shop to spend the afternoon at the top of the mile. Our guide was most engaging, using the story of a wealthy Scottish family expertly navigating us through the story of the building...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Our tour of this site was excellent. The tour guide was unbelievably knowledgeable and had so many interesting facts to share! The site was lovely. We thought that this tour was the ideal contrast to Real Mary King’s Close. I would suggest doing both so...More

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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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