Gladstone's Land

Gladstone's Land
Gladstone's Land
477b Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2NT
  • Telephone 0131 226 5856
  • Opening times Ice cream parlour and coffee shop: 10am–5pm (last entry 3pm). House (self–guided): 10am–3pm (last entry 3pm).
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Covid-19 precautions

Visitors are encouraged to book through the website, as spaces are limited to 6 visitors every 20 minutes. Masks must be worn indoors and hand sanitisers are made available throughout all floors.
Last updated: 16 May 2021

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Gladstone’s Land is a historic high-rise tenement that spans nearly 500 years of Edinburgh’s history. Over three floors Gladstone's Land showcases the lives of merchants and traders through the centuries in a capital city bursting at the seams. Inside its walls await treasures such as an iconic Scottish Renaissance painted interior and countless stories of daily life, death, and drama.

The experience now offers self-guided visits as well as a daily guided tour and brand new specialty tours Tables Through Time: Food in Gladstone's Land and Intimate Lives: The history of sex and desire in Edinburgh's Old Town (16+).

General tour: 3pm daily
Specialist tour: 4pm select days - see website for details

The ground floor now offers a new Café & Ice Cream Parlor in a fantastic modern space which pays homage in every detail to Gladstone's Land's historical merchants, such as Ramage's Dairy shop that used to operate out of the building.
With seasonal specials an historic flavours!

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  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Events at this venue

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Christmas Through The Ages @ Gladstone's Land

Three hundred years of Christmas traditions Experience how people celebrated Christmas from the 17th century through to the early-20th century with period-appropriate decorations, food and activities in one of Edinburgh's oldest houses on the Royal Mile. The ticket price includes a glass of mulled wine (or non-alcoholic…

Wed 22 Dec

£12 (£10; Children £8) / 0131 226 5856

Lecture Series January - The 19th Century Boom in Sporting Taxidermy

Sport on the wall Join Annie Tindley, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, as she addresses one of the ubiquitous side effects of sport and leisure in the country houses of the 19th century - the resulting taxidermy displays of animals and birds. This is particularly true in Scotland and Ireland, where hunting…

Thu 6 Jan 2022

£4 free for NTS volunteers/staff / 0131 226 5856

NTS Lecture Series: Characters of Old Town

A who's who of Edinburgh eccentrics Join Edinburgh tour guide, Martin Webster, to learn more about the historical characters of Edinburgh's Old Town from Deacon Brodie and Greyfriars Bobby to Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie and Burke and Hare. Tea and Biscuits included in the ticket price

Thu 7 Apr 2022

£4 free for NTS staff/volunteers / 0131 226 5856

Nts Lecture Series February - The Natural World In Burns' Poetry

‘Ae Spark o Nature’s Fire’ Robert Burns is often referred to as the Ploughman Poet. His poetry is suffused with imagery of the natural world; the landscapes, plants and animals which he encountered in his native Ayrshire of the late 1700s. Join RBBM Learning Manager Chris Waddell as he examines some of the species Burns…

Thu 3 Feb 2022

£4 free for NTS staff/volunteers / 0131 226 5856

NTS Lecture Series - Renaissance Painted Decoration in the 21st Century

The dilemma of authenticity The Scottish Renaissance (much of the 1500s through to the mid-1600s) was a period of flourishing artistic expression. Today we have the good fortune to enjoy our shared inheritance: a collection of highly decorated interiors in properties throughout the country. These colourful interiors have…

Thu 2 Dec

£4 / 0131 226 5856

NTS Lecture Series: The (Scottish) History Behind Game of Thrones

The real-life events that inspired the series A wall in the north cuts the world in two. Sea wolves raid the coasts in their galleys. A young noble and his kin are betrayed and slaughtered within a mighty castle. Yet this isn’t Westeros – it’s Scottish history.It's no secret that Scotland inspired elements in George R R…

Thu 3 Mar 2022

£4 free for NTS staff/volunteers / 0131 226 5856

Public Reading: A Christmas Carol @ Gladstone's Land

Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic is brought to life in this live reading. Join us on the atmospheric third floor of Gladstone's Land to listen to Dickens’ famous ghost story. The evening follows a long tradition of public readings of the work, started by Dickens himself. The ticket price includes a hot drink and a…

Fri 17 Dec

£14 (£12; Children £8) / 0131 226 5856

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