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The house of wealthy merchant and landlord Thomas Gledstanes showcases high-rise living, 17th-century style, at the beating heart of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile. In six rooms split across two levels, the authentically restored tenement shows how people from a variety of backgrounds went about their lives at a time when the cramped Lawnmarket was very much a living, breathing, working part of one of the world's fastest-growing and influential cities.

Inside these walls you'll discover the indignities of living in cramped conditions, the embarrassing consequences of sitting too close to the fire and the gruesome punishment for cheating your customers.
Did you know?

The penalty for false measuring was so grave it would likely instill a slavish dedication to accuracy in all but the most slapdash cloth merchant. Those found short-changing their customers could have their ears pinned to the Tron, the town weigh beam further down the Royal Mile!

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Opening times

1 April to 30 Jun, daily 10-5; 1 Jul to 31 Aug, daily 10-6.30; 1 Sep to 31 Oct, daily 10-5.

Last entry 30 mins before closing

Tel. 0844 493 2120

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