If you would prefer to explore the house at your own pace, you can do so between 10am and 3pm (last entry 2.30pm) – you do not need to book for this.

Alternatively, you can join our daily general guided tour:

General guided tour

At 3pm each day, join one of our experienced tour guides as they take you on a light-hearted trip through the history of the property. A visit to Gladstone’s Land provides a glimpse into the lives and businesses of some of its former residents, including the sights, sounds and smells that they would have experienced.

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Specialist tours

Written and researched by experts in the field, our specialist tours offer a detailed insight into specific areas of Scottish social history. Topics are regularly updated.

Here are our current tours:

NEW! Water of Life – Whisky Tour & Tasting

We’re telling the tempestuous story of Scotland’s favourite drink through the eyes of inhabitants of one of Edinburgh’s oldest town houses, from medical cure to illicit substance to highly profitable export product. Taste your way through history with four whiskies on this 2-hour tour and tasting experience!

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Tables Through Time: Food in Gladstone’s Land

Following the lives of three women that lived and worked in Gladstone’s Land, Tables Through Time tells the story of changing tastes in food in Edinburgh’s Old Town and the impact of trade, class and fashion on people’s diets. Tastings included!

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Intimate Lives: The history of sex and desire in Edinburgh’s Old Town
(recommended age: 16+)

Not for the easily embarrassed, this in-depth look at the history of sex in Edinburgh covers fascinating topics including contraception, sex work and LGBTQ+ relationships. Includes some very crude (but historically correct) language.

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Please note these specialist tours are held outwith the house’s general opening hours and are classed as events. Members of the National Trust for Scotland do not receive free admission to these specialist tours; adult and concession ticket types can be booked online.

Walking tour

Download the NTS Edinburgh app and follow the free walking tour between Gladstone’s Land and the Georgian House (a 15–20 minute stroll). GPS-triggered points along the route will tell you more about some of the people that made Edinburgh the city it is today.

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