• The gilded bird of prey which hangs outside the house
    The gilded bird of prey which hangs outside the house© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The elegant Painted Chamber
    The elegant Painted Chamber© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Thomas Gledstanes was a wealthy merchant
    Thomas Gledstanes was a wealthy merchant© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Thomas Gledstanes sought to improve the 17th Century Tenement
    Thomas Gledstanes sought to improve the 17th Century Tenement© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Gladstone's Land is a fine example of a 17th Century Merchant house
    Gladstone's Land is a fine example of a 17th Century Merchant house© The National Trust for Scotland

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

27 Aug
  • Museum: 10.00 - 18.30
  • Last Entry: 18.00
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Prices
  • 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

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  • Fri 29/08 : Light rain shower 17°C 17°C 29/08
  • Sat 30/08 : Cloudy 17°C 17°C 30/08
  • Sun 31/08 : Cloudy 18°C 18°C 31/08