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The Georgian House

Magnificently restored Edinburgh New Town house with fine collections of paintings, costumes and period furnishings

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to the Georgian House – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.

Please be aware that for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and employees in our hospitality venues, we will record the name and contact details of everyone who enters in order to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the venue around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. We are obliged to process this data to comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020. Please see our Data Protection page for further information.

Further to this, in National Trust for Scotland non-hospitality settings, where there is either a pre-booking system in place or there is the potential for close contact (eg in some of our smaller properties), we will ask visitors to provide limited contact information. This is for the purposes of managing the number of visitors and also to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. For further information, please see our Data Protection page.


We have set up a pre-booking system to make your tour around the house easier and safer. Ticket numbers are capped each day, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. No more than six people will be permitted per half-hour time slot. In accordance with government guidelines, booking groups should contain no more than two household groups.

We strongly advise that you pre-book before travelling. If you do not pre-book, we cannot guarantee entry to the house.

During your visit

We’ve created some room guides to help you explore the Georgian House:

Discover the Parlour

Discover the Drawing Room

Discover the Bedchamber

Discover the Dining Room

Discover the Kitchen

Discover the Basement

Discover the Servants’ Room

There’s no tearoom at the Georgian House, but there are plenty of restaurants and cafés in the surrounding area.

Assistance dogs are welcome.

For more information about planning your visit, please see our drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: or telephone 0131 225 2160.

Facilities & access

  • Access to the Georgian House may be difficult: there are six stone stairs into the building, and then further stairs up to the first and second floors and down to the basement.
  • For visitors not wishing to climb stairs, the introductory film and an armchair guide are available on a tablet at the reception desk. There’s also a small retail area in the entrance hall.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

3G/4G coverage
Baby changing

A Braille guidebook is available.

Guided tours are available for groups by prior arrangement. Please allow 1½ hours, although we’ll tailor the length of the tour to the needs of the group. There’s a drop-off point outside the house for coaches.

Hearing loop

Large-print information is available.

On-street parking is available in Charlotte Square – pay at the parking meters.

Free on-street parking is available in Charlotte Square for Blue Badge holders.

Tours of the house are self-guided, allowing visitors to explore at their own pace. Don’t miss the informative introductory film, Living in a Grand Design.

Information panels about the New Town, the owners of No.7 Charlotte Square and fashion can be found on the second floor.

There are information sheets and guides in each room. Explanatory text is available in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Our shop will be open, with safety measures in place. Please ensure that you wear a mask whilst in the shop, and maintain a safe distance from others.

Card and contactless payments will be welcome and our card machines will be sanitised regularly.

The small shop in the basement sells a range of books, gifts and confectionery.

There’s also a small retail area in the entrance hall.

There’s a subtitled video, as well as written information about each room.

We have two visitors’ toilets located on the second floor. These toilets are cleaned regularly by staff during the day.

A guided touch tour (please book in advance) is available.

Opening times


Please book your tour time in advance. Please note we’ll be closed on Wed 27 and Thurs 28 October for a private event.

1 Jan–29 Apr, closed Current period30 Apr–31 Oct, Wed–Sun, 10.00–16.00 1 Nov–28 Feb 2022, closed

Entry prices

One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50