Visit ‘the best address in town’, just a stone’s throw from the castle, and discover what 17th-century tenement life was like in Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Gladstone's Land, a towering 500-year-old building, is a testament to tenement life in Edinburgh’s Old Town and was once owned by merchant Thomas Gladstone. He extended and remodelled the building to attract wealthy tenants for his opulently decorated apartments, as well as for the high-end grocer and cloth shop on the ground floor and the tavern located in the basement.
By the 1800s, only the poorest of the city’s inhabitants remained in the Old Town. Gladstone’s Land was one of the first buildings that the National Trust for Scotland acquired, rescuing it from demolition in 1934.
Discover the real Royal Mile of the 17th century. Gladstone’s Land shows how people from a variety of backgrounds went about their lives at a time when the cramped Lawnmarket was at the heart of one of the world’s fastest-growing and influential cities.
Admire the original features that include winding stone staircases, tiny windows and astonishing painted decoration. The stone arcade at the entrance still welcomes visitors, as it did 400 years ago. In the Painted Chamber we catch a glimpse of the wealth of the period in the colourfully decorated interiors, rich with symbolism.
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