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We will be opening many of our places over the coming months. Some places will remain closed.

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Edinburgh & The Lothians

Gladstone’s Land

One of the oldest buildings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile boasts fascinating hand-painted Renaissance interiors

Planning your visit

There’s no café at Gladstone’s Land, but we’re close to many restaurants, cafés and coffee shops.

There are no public toilets at Gladstone’s Land. The nearest public toilets are at Castlehill, at Central Library on George IV Bridge or at the City Art Centre on Market Street. The nearest accessible toilets are at Central Library and the City Art Centre. Baby changing facilities are available at Central Library.

Guide dogs and well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome in the shop on the ground floor.

The ground floor is fully accessible, but please note that access to the rest of the house is via a steep and uneven turnpike (spiral) staircase.

Please see our drop-down Facilities below for helpful information about planning your visit.

For more information about planning your visit please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: gladstonesland@nts.org.uk or telephone 0131 226 5856.

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Facilities & access

  • Free on-street parking is available on Chambers Street for Blue Badge holders.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building.
  • Access to the upper floors is by a turnpike (spiral) staircase with uneven stairs, and may prove difficult for some visitors. The first floor can also be accessed by a set of shallower wooden stairs. Please advise staff if you would like to avoid the turnpike stair.

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

There are costumes for children (and adults!) to try on and explore the house in. Replica objects are also available to handle.

We have activity books, colouring sheets and a Wee Guide to Gladstone’s Land available for children of all ages.

You can explore Gladstone’s Land at your own pace between 11am and 4pm (last entry 3pm). If you’d like a more in-depth tour of the property, please book on to one of our guided tours. These can be booked under the Events tab. No booking is required for self-guided tours. Guided tours are included in the admission price.

We offer specialised guided tours for pre-booked tours of at least 10 people. Please contact the property for more information.

We’re able to offer Spanish and Italian tours by request. Please contact us to arrange a tour.

On-street parking is available on Market Street and Chambers Street, and in car parks at Castle Terrace and Blackfriars Street. These are all within a 10-minute walk of Gladstone’s Land.

Explore Gladstone’s Land at your own pace. Take advantage of the knowledge of our experienced room guides, and read our detailed room cards to find out more about the objects in the rooms. Admire the original features, including winding stone staircases and painted stone arches. Discover why you might find shellfish in the walls and marvel at 400-year-old interior design.

The Gladstone’s Land gift shop stocks a large selection of locally sourced and handmade items, including our exclusive National Trust for Scotland range of bespoke tartans. The shop itself has a long trading history, having been a retail outlet for 400 years. It was initially rented by John Riddoch, who sold a range of luxurious items including silks and spices – an ethos we still adhere to today.

There is wheelchair access to the ground floor shop.