The Georgian House is an 18th-century townhouse situated at No. 7 Charlotte Square in the heart of the historic New Town of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. It has been restored and furnished by the National Trust for Scotland, and is operated as a popular tourist attraction, with over 40,000 visitors annually.
In 1766 a young unknown architect named James Craig won the competition to design a layout for Edinburgh's first New Town. By this time in the mid-18th century Edinburgh had become extremely overcrowded and the rich and poor alike were living in very close quarters in cramped conditions in the tenements of the medieval Old Town. The New Town was to be constructed to the north of the Old Town, and the intention was that it would remain a strictly residential development, a privileged enclave for the wealthy away from the squalor found in the Old Town. Today visitors can experience what life was like in the Old Town by visiting Gladstone's Land on the Royal Mile, which is a restored tenement building set up as the dwelling of a 17th-century merchant.
Ian Whittaker | Nov 27, 2017
Good historical film to start the tour of the origins of the new town and how life was lived in the 18th century. The property does bring that period to life quite well.
Murray Wilson | Aug 14, 2017
Become a time traveller and experience life as a member of the well heeled gentry of Georgian Edinburgh, or alternatively as a member of the serving classes! A National Trust for Scotland museum, staffed by knowledge and informative staff. An attraction that is well worth the visit for anyone interested in the history of Edinburgh, or the history of architecture and design.
Artur Silva | Jan 24, 2018
Expecting a little more, by the price! But a very nice place to know how the nobles lived in Edinburgh
JS Haggart | Sep 29, 2017
A very impressive house orginally designed by Robert Adams. It allows you to see a typical Edinburgh house of the late 18th century. They have collections of furniture, porcelain, silver and glass that reflect the lifestyle of this period in Edinburgh's history. Well worth a visit.
Sarah O | Jun 14, 2017
A lovely NT property, sad the attic wasnt open. The kitchens and bellow stairs are always the best bits and this one didn't let me down- the lovely NT fellow down there was brilliant, as was the other lad in the dining room and the lady on the desk. You can dress up (adults especially!) and understand the owners of the property over the years.
Chris Guest | Dec 7, 2017
Welcoming staff and enthusiastic room guides, excellent guide book - we'll worth the visit!
Amanda SN | Apr 17, 2018
I am so pleased that we visited this little gem tucked just outside the shopping hotspots. It was a beautiful building, rich with information provided on displays, on hand-outs you could carry around the room, and from the extremely knowledgeable guides who were eager to share their expertise. There was also a very well made short film at the start which helped to contextualise the building and the point in time.
Jiaying Lai | May 2, 2018
Gorgeous house and friendly staff! An incredible experience!
Nicole Anansi | Apr 12, 2018
Individually furnished museum...very nice interiors and interesting history
Zezoo Stewart | Jun 7, 2018
Absolutely wonderful. Very interesting and staff are very friendly, well informed and helpful
Leanne Westwater | Jun 4, 2018
Well worth a visit. The guides are great and very informative.
mathu84 | Jun 11, 2018
Loved the restoration of the house, the staff were extremely friendly and informative.
dode paton | Jul 12, 2018
This was a really nice old house and was good to see how the georgian's lived. And good storys how the new town of edinburgh was built. Really is worth a visit
Giuseppe Marino | Jul 10, 2018
Esperienza interessante, casa, arredi e accessori perfettante restaurati. Personale cortese e simpatico. Consigliata!
Louise Mate | Aug 9, 2018
An interesting look into the life and home of a gentleman and his family from the 1700's. Great detail put into the furnishings of the home. I loved that you can get close to everything, unlike most museums where the rooms are cordoned off.
Siobhan Louise | Jul 29, 2018
A stunning Georgian house, beautifully renovated. It was like walking into a time capsule and seeing a snapshot of history. The guides were friendly and informative. A lovely place to visit.
Geoff Morrison | Jul 24, 2018
So fascinating - like stepping back through time. This is an exceptional house is located in the New Town just off Princess Street and well worth a visit whilst in Edinburgh. There are friendly knowledgable guides who can answer any questions which makes the entire experience feel more personal and interesting. The attraction is open daily over the summer between 9am and 5pm - last entry is around 4.15pm so make sure you give yourselves enough time to visit the attraction. Entry is in included with the Edinburgh City Pass which is sold at the VisitScotland information centre on Princess Street.
LizandMalc Weeks | Jul 23, 2018
Great experience, fascinating house and very knowledgeable and pleasant staff. We enjoyed strolling round the Georgian Newtown area too and so much quieter and more pleasant than the hustle and bustle of the Rpyal Mile and Princes Street.
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