3 Events at Gladstone's Land

  • Pop Up Christmas Shop and Magical Christmas Wishing Tree

    Pop Up Christmas Shop and Magical Christmas Wishing Tree

    Dates:Sat 1 Nov - Tue 23 Dec Location:Gladstone's Land

    This festive season give the gift of 'Glad'. Support the National Trust for Scotland and buy some gorgeous goodies, a gift membership or just make a Christmas wish come true.


    Visit our winter wonderland to find unique gifts, perfect stocking fillers, decadent decorations, sensational Christmas cards and stunning Scottish products.

    Stuck for a gift idea? A National Trust for Scotland gift membership gives them hundreds of great days out for free!

    Make sure you don’t miss our beautiful Magical Christmas Wishing Tree. For a small donation you can leave a special wish on the tree. Bring the kids and let them leave their notes for Santa and meet our two ‘Glad Pigs’, Gladys and Gammon who will be dressed for the occasion.

    This Christmas, be ‘Glad’ to support Scotland’s History.

    Open Daily in November and December.

    Dates & Times:

    • 01 Nov 2014 - 23 December 2014 : 09:00 - 17:00


    For further information please call 0844 4932120 or email gladstonesland@nts.org.uk
  • Free sneak peak tour for 24 Days of Advent and 10% off in our Pop-Up gift and Christmas shop

    Free sneak peak tour for 24 Days of Advent and 10% off in our Pop-Up gift and Christmas shop

    Dates:Sat 20 Dec Location:Gladstone's Land

    Join us for a very special, free, behind the scenes tour that reveals Royal Mile rooms from the 1600’s that are normally hidden from public view.


    On the regular Gladstone’s Land tour you can enjoy our stunning Renaissance painted ceiling in the main room.

    This Saturday in association with Edinburgh’s Christmas and the Cockburn Association T discover even more painted ceilings in this 500 year old building in the heart of the Royal Mile. Get a full and unique view of them by lying under them and staring up!

    Our renowned knowledgeable guides will be on hand to help you to understand the origins of this rare decoration and what the daily lives of the people who slept under theses ceilings was really like.

    Take advantage of a rare 10% discount in the National Trust for Scotland Gladtidings gift and pop up Christmas shop.

    The entrance for the tour is at the top of the external stairs on the left hand side of Gladstone's Land. You can also meet wonderful birds of prey courtesy of A1 Pegasus Hawking!

    The tour is free today, however your donations are greatly appreciated to help us care and protect this wonderful property.

    Dates & Times:

    • 20 Dec 2014 : 10:00 - 16:00


    For further information please call 0844 4932120 or email gladstonesland@nts.org.uk
  • Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

    Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

    Dates:Fri 3 Apr - Mon 6 Apr Location:Gladstone's Land

    Turn eggsplorer with us this Easter as you follow the trail, collect the clues, solve the puzzle and win a Cadbury Egghead!


    Each of our 50 Cadbury Easter Egg Trails is completely different – a great excuse to try your hand at more than one!

    Dates & Times:

    • 03 Apr 2015 - 06 April 2015 : 10:00 - 16:30


    • Child : £ 1.00


    For further information please call 0844 4932120


    Usual entry plus £1 per trail

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.

The Gledstanes name relates to the gilded bird of prey hanging outside the house. 'Gled' is an old Scottish word for red-tailed kite, which are often found nesting among 'stanes' or stones.

On Saturdays during July and August, from 12.30-5pm, visitors can get a flavour of 17th-century life with the guides in costume in the display rooms. The costume guides really help to bring the house to life and ensure that visitors get the most from their visit.

Holiday at Gladstone's Land

Gladstone's Land is a beautiful property often described as a 'hidden gem'. Lying just a stone's throw from Edinburgh Castle, on the Royal Mile, in the area known …

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Opening times & Prices

19 Dec
  • Museum: Closed
  • Shop: 9.00 - 17.00
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  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £6.50
  • Family: £16.50
  • 1 Parent: £11.50
  • Concession: £5.00

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Gold
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 4 Star

5 day weather forecast

  • Fri 19/12 : Cloudy 7°C 7°C 19/12
  • Sat 20/12 : Sunny 7°C 7°C 20/12
  • Sun 21/12 : Light drizzle 11°C 11°C 21/12
  • Mon 22/12 : Sunny 10°C 10°C 22/12
  • Tue 23/12 : Patchy rain nearby 8°C 8°C 23/12
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