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Gladstone’s Land

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

Things to do

Self-guided tours

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.

Guided tours

Alternatively, if you prefer, we also have guided tours available at 10am and 5pm every day. Numbers are limited to 14, so we advise pre-booking. This can be done by telephone (0131 226 5856), email (gladstonesland@nts.org.uk) or at the property. 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.

Temporary exhibitions

Enjoy exploring our temporary exhibition space free of charge.

Hands-on activities

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.

School visits

We welcome school and educational visits to Gladstone’s Land all year round. Please email gladstonesland@nts.org.uk for more information.

Holiday accommodation

Situated at the heart of the Old Town, guests in the Gladstone’s Land holiday apartments can soak up the atmosphere of historic Edinburgh while enjoying one of the best addresses the city has to offer. The Harrison, Gladstone and O’Neill flats are a great base for exploring the city and further afield. Forming an essential part of Edinburgh’s Old Town silhouette, the flats sit on the second and fourth floors of the property and provide a cosy escape from the bustling city below.

Shop

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.

Hire a venue

Gladstone’s Land is available to hire for private events including meetings and weddings. Please email gladstonesland@nts.org.uk for more information.