Gladstone's Land is a surviving 17th-century high-tenement house situated in the Old 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.
The "Land" (sited at 481 and 483 Lawnmarket) was originally built in 1550, but was bought and redeveloped in 1617 by a prosperous Edinburgh merchant and burgess, Thomas Gledstanes, and his wife, Bessie Cunningham. The work was completed in 1620. Its prominent siting on the Royal Mile (between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood) and the extent of its accommodation mark out the affluence of its mercantile owner. Today, the restored building allows an insight into varieties of Edinburgh life of the period. The cramped conditions of the Old Town, and the physical size of the lot, meant that the house could only be extended in depth or in height. As a result, the house is six storeys tall.
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|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
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|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Conor Bradley | Jan 28, 2018
An absolutely fascinating property with layer upon layer of history. The staff were upbeat and helpful, while our tour guide filled a whole hour visit with incredible stories about Edinburgh's past. Definitely recommend a visit. Quite a lot of listening so I'd probably say 6+ is the starting age for visitors to get the most out of the experience.
Colin Hemfrey | Oct 20, 2017
Fascinating Edinburgh tenement from early 1600s with lots of detail imparted on the tour. Unfortunately it can only be visited on a guided tour and advanced booking is recommended. Our guide was a tad eccentric and wandered off piste a lot in his rambling perorations but this did provide some charm for at least the English native speakers on our tour.
Di Hew | Dec 6, 2017
Very interesting guided tour. Our guide, Finley was extremely knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions well. Fascinating building.
Nolan Trinidade | Jan 12, 2018
Very ornate; one of the oldest store on the Royal mile. Brings back old memories.
Kathleen Keir | Dec 1, 2017
Tour started in part of gift shop which seemed silly as vety crowded. Dont know why we couldnt have just gone straight upstairs where seats were provided which can be taken atound with you if standing is a problem. Good knowledgeable guide. Tour lasts an hour.
Amy Serrell | Mar 29, 2018
Nice find, the tour is conducted by a guide which I enjoy more than an audio tour. The tour covers a single storey of the property and incorporates the social history of the occupants and the extension of the building. Probably not going to appeal to kids as much as adults. The tour is accessed via a narrow wooden staircase and has uneven surfaces throughout due to the nature and age of the building.
jonathan wexler | Apr 29, 2018
This was a great tour, with an engaging guide. Historically solid. Well worth seeing.
Graham Harvey | Mar 8, 2018
0ne of the oldest original bldgs in old town Edinburgh. There is about half hour history tour of the living quarters on the second floor. Our guide was delightful & the information was interesting & helpful. Highly recommend it!!
country music by dode | Apr 24, 2018
Very interesting.. gives a real insight into life in auld reekie
Andy Joss | May 8, 2018
My wife & I visited the property on Sunday. We've been NTS (and HS) members for years, but never before shown round a property by someone who looked like they'd just rushed over from tending their allotment. We appreciate NTS is heavily dependent on volunteers, and no doubting the guy was knowledgeable, but what an affront to staff up and down the land who present themselves nicely in NTS uniforms.
Urszula Sitkiewicz | Jul 5, 2018
Interesting place with a lovely knowledgeable guide. It is a pity that the other parts of the building are taken out off the tour. Not easy to find but for history lovers - a real gem in Royal Mile.
Adam Mansbridge | Jul 16, 2018
This is an informative tour of the last standing mediaeval tenament house in Edinburgh's old town You need to climb stairs (the tour starts by walking to the highest visited floor, then continues by going down It includes original painted ceilings which still have colour
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