Places to visit

The Georgian House

The Georgian House

Magnificently restored Edinburgh New Town house from the era of enlightenment

  • Admire the architectural grandeur and stunning period furnishings.

  • Discover paintings by Scottish artists, including Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and Alexander Nasmyth.

  • Explore the drawing room and dining room, used to entertain and impress guests.

  • Watch the informative introductory film, Living in a Grand Design

  • Bring history to life by dressing up in our costumes (for children and adults!) 

The Georgian era produced some of Scotland’s most distinctive architecture. In the late 1700s, this grand townhouse was at the cornerstone of Edinburgh’s New Town development. The house was designed by acclaimed architect Robert Adam and was a real statement of luxury in an era of enlightenment, for those who could afford it.  

It cost the first owner, John Lamont, £1,800 in 1796; his son, also called John, sold it for £3,000 in 1817, following the death of his father the previous year. Meantime he splashed out on servants, silver and finery for his family.  

It has now been magnificently restored to show a typical Edinburgh New Town house of the late 18th to early 19th century. The fine collections of period furniture, porcelain, silver and glass reflect the Lamonts’ lifestyle and the social and economic context of the time.