Discover this grand 18th-century town house that was at the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town development. Admire the stunning collections of period furniture, paintings, porcelain, silver and glass, and gain a fascinating insight into both the upstairs and downstairs elements of 18th-century society.
Magnificently restored to show a typical Edinburgh New Town house of the late 18th to early 19th century, The Georgian House was a real statement of luxury in an era of enlightenment, for those who could afford it. Designed by acclaimed architect Robert Adam, the house cost its first owner, John Lamont, £1,800 in 1796.
Life for the wealthy residents of the Georgian House was very comfortable – but only made possible thanks to the long and hard days of labour by the servants. Visitors gain a fascinating insight into both elements of 18th-century society.
Upstairs you will find all the tasteful trappings of Georgian wealth: soft colours, rich oil paintings – a home a character from a Jane Austen novel would aspire to. Explore the drawing room and dining room, used to entertain and impress guests, admire the architectural grandeur and stunning period furnishings, and discover paintings by Scottish artists, including Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and Alexander Nasmyth.
Below stairs, the kitchen and servants’ room tell a different tale, where servants worked for up to 16 hours a day to ensure the smooth running of the household. You can wander around the re-created fully equipped kitchen, as well as view the scullery, china closet and wine cellar.
Children and adults can dress up in replica costumes in the Activity Room – and wear them as they explore the house if they like! Visitors may also enjoy handling replica objects, writing with quill pens and Georgian-themed colouring sheets.
A small shop in the basement sells a range of books, gifts and confectionery.