Gladstone's Land

Gladstone's Land
Gladstone's Land
477b Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2NT
  • Telephone 0131 226 5856
  • Opening times 1 Apr–31 Oct 10am–5pm (Jul & Aug until 6.30pm).
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  • Website www.nts.org.uk/visit/…
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Gladstone’s Land is a historic high-rise tenement that spans nearly 500 years of Edinburgh’s history. The six rooms across two floors recreate the life of those who called it home, including a wealthy laird’s apartment in the 1600s, a merchant shopkeeper, and the servants who did the dirty work. Gladstone’s Land was one of the world’s first skyscrapers and showcases the turbulent life of 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.

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Gladstone's Land Lecture Series - Brodie Castle Collection with Lily Barnes

The National Trust for Scotland holds tens of thousands of photographic images related to dozens of properties in our collections, from 19th century glass plates and prints to modern slides. The Morton Photographic Project has spent the past few years digitising, cataloguing, researching and raising the profile of these…

Thu 21 Nov

£3 / 01312265856

Hidden Histories: Worshipping at the Shrine of Venus - Sex Work in Old Town Edinburgh

‘She understands the game of love admirably well; she’s profuse in her favours, and declares she ever will be so’, so wrote Ranger in his 1775 guide to Edinburgh prostitutes and brothels about a Miss Menzies; but who was she, where did she come from and how did she end up at the ‘Back of Bess’ Wynd’? Piecing together…

Sat 7 Dec

£3 / 0131 226 5856

Lecture Series: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Last Jacobite Rebellion

In 1745 the course of Scottish and British history changed forever. A rebellion, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie in an attempt to reclaim the throne captured the hearts and minds of Scots in their thousands. What drew men and women to his side was not this 50-year-old Jacobite cause but the personal magnetism of the supposed…

Wed 27 Nov

£3 / 0131 226 5856

Lecture Series - Brodie Castle Collection with Lily Barnes

The National Trust for Scotland holds tens of thousands of photographic images related to dozens of properties in our collections, from 19th century glass plates and prints to modern slides. The Morton Photographic Project has spent the past few years digitising, cataloguing, researching and raising the profile of these…

Thu 21 Nov

£3 / 0131 226 5856

Lecture Series: The Knights of St John in Medieval Scotland

Join Thomas Ware as he delves into the history of the Knights of St John in medieval Scotland. He’ll look at the history of Hospitallers in Scotland and discuss Sir William Knollys. Sir William was Preceptor of Torphichen, the order’s Scottish commander, from 1466–1508. He lived at least part of the time in rooms on…

Sat 23 Nov

£3 / 0131 226 5856

Lecture Series: The Lost Scottish Identity

The Scottish identity has changed greatly over the past 400 years, with significant dynastic and political changes acting as the catalyst for the most recognisable shifts in what it meant to be Scottish. One of the largest of these changes was the Act of Union in 1707 and this lecture will explore the events in the lead…

Thu 23 Jan 2020

£3 / 0131 226 5856

Public Reading: A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic is brought to life in this live reading. Join us in the atmospheric third floor Minister’s Chamber for a cup of fruit punch and some Victorian sweet treats before listening to Dickens’ festive ghost story. The evening follows a long tradition of public readings of the work, started by…

Sat 14 Dec

£10 (£8) / 0131 226 5856

Sun 15 Dec

£10 (£8) / 0131 226 5856

Public Reading: A Christmas Carol for Kids

A live reading of Charles’ Dickens classic novella, adapted for a younger audience. With sound effects, actions and even some Christmas songs, join our team for an afternoon of festive fun! Recommended ages: 6-9, children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is brought to you by Not Cricket Productions in…

Sat 14 Dec

£6 (Children £4) / 0131 226 5856

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Edinburgh's Royal Mile takes in hundreds of years of history and drama

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A haven for tourists and the centrepoint of historic Edinburgh

The Royal Mile begins as you leave the castle. On the right is the Scotch Whisky Experience – the perfect introduction to the history and alchemy of Scotland’s national drink – complete with a dram at the end. On the left, the tower with the…

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1. musiconn8 Jul 2010, 7:37pm5 stars Gladstone's Land Report

A fascinating building with such a lot of historical interest in a compact space on two floors. The guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. Thank goodness that the National Trust saved it just in time.

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