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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.


We’re delighted to welcome visitors to the Georgian House once again.

We’ve introduced an advance booking system to help manage visitor numbers and maintain safe, social distancing. Members can book for free and non-members are able to pay when booking.

Advance booking is recommended, but it is not essential.

Book your visit here

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.

Please note that National Art Fund members enjoy free admission.

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.

An activity guide and flashcards are available for children.

Children (and adults!) can dress up in replica costumes in the Activity Room – and wear them as they explore the house if they like!

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


Access to the House is via a self-guided visit (last entry 3.15pm). If you wish to book in advance, please go to the Events tab.

1 Jan–10 Mar, closed Current period11 Mar–31 Oct, daily, 10.00–16.00 1 Nov–28 Feb 2023, closed
Gift shop

1 Jan–10 Mar, closed Current period11 Mar–31 Oct, daily, 10.00–16.00 1 Nov–28 Feb 2023, closed

Entry prices

Self-guided visit or general guided tour
One adult family
Child (under 5s free)
Young Scot

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50